CBHD launched its first ever Student Paper Competition this Fall in conjunction with its 25th annual conference. Undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and doctoral students were invited to engage questions from a Christian perspective associated with foundational or emerging issues raised at the intersections of medicine, science, technology, and our common humanity. The winning paper will be published in a future issue of Dignitas. In addition, the author will receive a complimentary conference registration, cash prize of $250, and the opportunity to present the paper during a parallel paper session at the conference. More information about the 2019 Student Paper Competition can be found at https://cbhd.org/conf2019/student-competition.
The Center hosted its 7th annual Academy of Fellows consultation in mid-February exploring the topic, “Genetics, CRISPR, and Beyond?” Presentations by William Hurlbut, MD; Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD; and Russell DiSilvestro, PhD explored different aspects of the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging CRISPR technologies at the forefront of ethics and gene editing, and were followed by an extended time of reflection and discussion among the Fellows as they sought to provide guidance for the Center on this important issue. Videos of the presentations are available at https://cbhd.org/genetics-crispr-and-beyond. In addition to these important deliberations, the academy welcomed Dr. FitzGerald as a new Senior Fellow.