Conference examines the evolution of informed consent over the past century

June 09, 2014 College News - The MCW Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities is sponsoring a day-long conference on Tuesday, June 10, that examines the 1914 Schloendorff court decision where Justice Benjamin Cardozo stated the "every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his (sic) body." This decision has shaped the approach to informed consent in both the clinical and research arenas for the past 100 years.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and be held in room M2050.

Keynote speakers are Joseph Fins, MD, MACP, the E. William Davis, Jr. MD Professor of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell School of Medicine, and Paul Lombardo, JD, PhD, the Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, who will provide historical background of the case as well as discuss the legacy of this decision. Other speakers will comment on the current state of informed consent and future directions for this key element in the ethical care of patients.

Additional information is available on the Bioethics informed consent conference flyer (PDF). You can also contact Diane Kramer, dkramer@mcw.edu or 955-8498.

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