Updates & Activities - Winter 2009

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Paige Cunningham, JD

  • Interviewed by:
  • Christianity Today regarding “Should Christian Doctor's Leave the AMA?” in December 2009.
  • The Technology Show on the intersection of bioethics, technology, and theology in December 2009.
  • Moody Radio about general bioethics questions in January 2010.
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch for perspectives on embryo adoption in January 2010.

Hans Madueme, MD, PhD Candidate:

  • Invited speaker on bioethics at Village Church of Barrington, Barrington, IL (3 week series), in December 2009.
  • Began working as adjunct faculty at Trinity Graduate School in January 2010.

Kirsten Riggan, MA:

  • Guest lectured at George Fox University on preimplantation genetic diagnosis in March 2010.


Dennis Hollinger

  • Published The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009.

Gregory Rutecki

  • Published “‘Give me children or I'll die!’ Is it time to consider the uterus as a non-vital organ transplant?” Ethics & Medicine 2009; 25: 177- 186.

Dónal O’Mathúna

  • Appointed the chair of CBHD’s Academy of Fellows
  • Published Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology. London: Continuum, 2009.

Center Update

In January 2010, CBHD continued its tradition of sponsoring strategic networking gatherings in Washington, D.C. Our March 2009 networking dinner featured contrasting presentations from Nigel M. de S. Cameron, PhD and Kevin FitzGerald, PhD, PhD regarding the future of biotechnology and the ethics involved. The dinner and lecture brought together a variety of congressional staffers, leaders of key policy organizations, and other DC insiders. Our most recent event featured a presentation from Dean Clancy, former executive director of the President's Council on Bioethics, evaluating the impact of past and future councils on bioethics. The lively discussion that ensued brought wide participation from the packed-in attendees.

Conference Audio

The following conference proceedings are or will be available for sale in MP3 CD format. Please contact customer service online, info@cbhd.org or by 847.317.8180 to place an order.

2009, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity ($25)

The contemporary bioethical landscape is marked by two realities: the increasingly sophisticated issues presented by the emerging scientific and technological innovations forcing the expansion beyond traditional bioethical categories, as well as a global context in which these issues bypass borders and national governance. At the core of these two realities are the challenges these present to the fundamental notion of human dignity in a globalized world.

2010, Beyond Therapy: Exploring Enhancement and Human Futures (Available September 15, 2010)

A decade into the biotech century, scientific discoveries and technological innovations are transforming the nature of biomedicine and revolutionizing the expectations for biotechnology. A new medicine that moves beyond therapy to enhancement presents both opportunities and perils. Beyond Therapy: Exploring Enhancement and Human Futures probes these possibilities. What do these imply for the future of our individual and common humanity?