Biomedical Ethics Brown Bags

Upcoming Brown Bags

SCBE seminars (Brown Bag Lectures, Topics in Bioethics and writing seminars) will be scheduled at 12pm - 1:30pm on the first Tuesdays of the month from September 2018-May 2019 in the SCBE conference room.

In addition, we will be partnering with the UCSF Bioethics group so that we will be able to access UCSF bioethics lectures (via Zoom) as well. Further information regarding schedule of UCSF seminars will be provided.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Barbara Koenig, PhD
Professor of Medical Anthropology & Bioethics Dept. of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Institute for Health & Aging, UCSF
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, January 15, 2018
Jenny Reardon, PhD
Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center, University of California Santa Cruz
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, February 5, 2018
Sharrona Pearl, PhD
Assistant Professor, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, March 5, 2018
Doug White, MD, MAS
Chair of Ethics in Critical Care Medicine, and Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, April 2, 2018
Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, May 5, 2018
Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA


Past Brown Bags

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
James Dunson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Xavier University of Louisiana
Topic: Sedation, Suicide and the Limits of Ethics

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Eben Kirksey, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, Deakin University
Topic: Remaking Life with Shenzhen Speed

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
Topic: Regulation, Therapeutics and Law (Via Zoom)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Seth Hollander, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University
Topic: Compassionate VAD deactivation in children

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 11am
Lotta Eriksson
Head Secretariat for Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics
Topic: "Policy-making for biomedical ethics in Sweden"


Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11am
Galen Joseph, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine
Topic: Precision Medicine on Trial: Ethnography of a Personalized Breast Cancer Screening Trial Using Genomics to Assign Risk

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 11am

Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Medicine/Stanford
Prevention Research Center, Stanford University
Engaging Diverse Communities to Understand Perceptions of Precision Health and Precision Health Research

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 11am
Rebecca Wolitz, JD
Academic Fellow, Stanford Law School
Topic: A Corporate Duty to Rescue: Pharmaceutical Companies and Drug Pricing Controversies

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 11am
Haidan Chen, PhD
Visiting Scholar
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
China Agricultural University (CAU), Beijing
Governing Precision Medicine Innovation in China

Wednesday, February  22, 2017, 11am
Risa Cromer, PhD
Thinking Matters Fellow
Stanford University
The $3 Million Dollar Embryo: Claiming Potential in a University Biobank.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12pm
Chiara Lepora, MD
Physician and Researcher
Médicins Sans Frontières
Field Perspectives on the ethical challenges of medical humanitarian action in crisis

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12pm
Nancy L. Synderman, MD, FACS

Award Winning Medical Journalist and Surgeon
Scientific Illiteracy and the Media

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 12pm
Ysabel Duron
CEO & Founder of Latinas Contra Cancer in San Jose, CA
Award-winning San Francisco Bay Area journalist
Daring to Challenge the IRB: Experiences with the All of Us / Precision Medicine Initiative

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 11am
Megan Palmer, PhD
Senior Research Scholar
Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)
Stanford University
Topic: Cultivating Cultures of Responsibility in Synthetic Biology

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 11am
Hank Greely, JD
Center for Law and the Biosciences
Stanford University
Topic: Playing With Life

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11am
Laurel Braitman, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine,
Writer-in-Residence, SCBE, Stanford University
Between Us and the Sun - A story about family, medicine, and how we die

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11am
Michelle Mello, JD, PhD
Professor of Law and Health Research and Policy
Stanford Law School
Topic: Clinical Trial Participants' Views of Clinical Trial Data Sharing

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 11am

Duana Fullwiley
Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology,
Stanford University
Topic  Can the World be a Better Place? Ethical Frames and Cultural Erasures Location:

Biomedical Ethics Conference room
1215 Welch Road, Modular A
Stanford, CA  94305-5417

If you would like to be added to our email list to receive notification of upcoming SCBE Seminars, Please contact Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics at 650-723-5760 for further schedule information. 

All seminars are free-of-charge, and open to the public. No registration is required.