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2014 Conference: New Opportunities, New Challenges: Exploring the Ethical Boundaries of Pediatric Research

July 18 and 19, 2014, Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle

In July 2005, Seattle Children’s hosted its first annual pediatric bioethics conference, entitled Current Controversies in Pediatric Research Ethics. Now, a decade later, we revisit the topic as we focus on the changing and challenging world of pediatric bioethics – New Opportunities, New Challenges: Exploring the Ethical Boundaries of Pediatric Research. An impressive lineup of speakers will examine a wide range of questions and issues:

  • Parents of seriously ill children are often desperate for new therapies, even if in early phase trials. Is truly voluntary consent possible in such a situation?
  • Social media allows researchers to “eavesdrop” on adolescent behavior. Should there be constraints on this type of investigation?
  • Is it ever acceptable to conduct research in developing countries that would be considered inappropriate in the United States?
  • If hospitals set up biobanks for research, what is needed to ensure public trust?

Renowned leaders in the field of pediatric bioethics will come together to discuss these issues on July 18 and 19, 2014, in Seattle. Come join us and add your voice and perspective as we grapple with these ethical questions through presentations and panel discussions.

Seattle Children’s Pediatric Bioethics Conference has become one of the signature events in the pediatric bioethics community, garnering strong reviews from the thousands that have joined us in the last decade. We look forward to seeing you in our beautiful, waterfront city this summer.

Conference planning committee

  • Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH
  • Kathy Fennell, RN, MPH, MBA
  • Jennifer Kett, MD
  • Kathie Kohorn, MA
  • Tara Polek, PhD
  • Jeff Sconyers, Esq
  • Blythe Thomson, MD
  • Carol Wallace, MD
  • Aaron Wightman, MD
  • Benjamin Wilfond, MD