2023 Calls for Proposals

CBHD invites healthcare and other professionals, scholars, researchers, educators, and students to address questions associated with our conference theme—The Christian Stake in Bioethics Revisited: Crucial Issues of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow—or to engage more broadly with other foundational and emerging bioethical issues raised at the intersections of medicine, science, technology, and our common humanity.

The Christian Stake in Bioethics Revisited: Crucial Issues of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
30th Annual Summer Conference
June 22–24, 2023
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, USA


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About the Conference

Join us for our 30th annual conference, The Christian Stake in Bioethics Revisited: Crucial Issues of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Distinguished speakers will examine some of the foundational issues of bioethics, their development over the past several decades, and the way these issues may evolve in the future.

Workshops and paper sessions will explore additional issues from among the wide spectrum of traditional and emerging bioethical topics, ranging from beginning-of-life issues and dilemmas in clinical ethics to reproductive and genetic ethics, disability ethics, emerging technology assessment, historical analyses, philosophical foundations, policy considerations, and legal implications.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s annual conference is the leading venue for Christian bioethical engagement, providing opportunities for equipping and education, professional development and academic engagement, as well as networking for professionals, researchers, policymakers, educators, and students across a variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

Conference Objectives:

the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting societal realities and advances in medicine and biotechnology.

Explore & discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in medicine, science, and technology with respect to our individual and common humanity.

Evaluate contemporary bioethical discourses in light of ethical approaches that include philosophical, religious, and other perspectives from the medical humanities.

Promote interdisciplinary engagement on pressing bioethical issues.



All serious proposals relevant to the study of Christian bioethics are welcome, particularly those in the following subject areas:

General Bioethics
Clinical Ethics
Emerging Issues in Bioethics
Empirical Research
Global Bioethics and/or Public Health
Medical Humanities
Nursing Ethics
Philosophical and/or Theological Engagement
Public Policy and/or Biolaw
Research Ethics
Technology Assessment
Women's Health

All proposals are evaluated through a blind review process based upon addressing one or more of the conference objectives. Identifying information must not be included in the abstract.

All contributed papers and posters must be submitted as abstracts of no more than 500 words in length and include a formal title. Proposals must include a preliminary bibliography. All serious proposals relevant to the study of bioethics are welcome and need not be related to the conference theme.
Include at least three (3) learning objectives. Construct each objective from the point of view of the attendee by completing the following sentence: "At the end of this session, attendees will be able to…"
Include a short bio not to exceed 100 words in length.
CBHD has a "two submission" rule. You can submit no more than two abstracts (including posters). This rule does not apply to co-authors of posters and papers.
In order to present a paper or poster, participants must register for the conference by March 1, 2022, and cover all travel and personal expenses.

All abstracts must be submitted online prior to December 19, 2022.

Instructions for Paper Presentations
Oral Presentations of contributed papers will be 20–25 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Instructions for Poster Presentations
Poster presentations will be displayed in a prominent area at the conference to maximize their impact.Posters must be no larger than 36" x 48".Make sure posters are readable from at least 5 feet away.A session will be provided during the conference for poster contributors to present their work.

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