• Bioethics

  • Events 

    October 28 - 29, 2015

    Pre-Approval Access: Can Compassion, Business, and Medicine Coexist?

    This 2-day colloquium will explore challenges surrounding pre-approval access to investigational medicines in a series of debates featuring prominent representatives of governments, pharmaceutical companies, patient groups, NGOs, and foundations.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice & Human Nature

    Featuring: Christian Miller (Wake Forest University), Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum), Michael Shermer (Chapman University), and Simone Schnall (University of Cambridge)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Is a basic model of human nature necessary to navigate the good life? Philosophers Susan Neiman and Christian Miller join forces with social psychologist Simone Schnall and science writer Michael Shermer to take a closer look at our moral ecology and its influence on our underlying assumptions about human nature.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Cultivating Character: The Art of Living

    Featuring: Lisa Feldman Barrett (Northeastern University), Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher joins Humean philosopher Valerie Tiberius and distinguished psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett to explore the role of wisdom in the interplay between positive emotions, virtues, and character.

  • Past Events

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    A New Science of Happiness: The Paradox of Pleasure

    Featuring: Kim Azzarelli (Cornell Law School), Darrin McMahon (Dartmouth College), and Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore College)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    How does the relationship between happiness and pleasure shape our quest to lead the good life? Attorney Kim Azzarelli, historian Darrin McMahon, and psychologist Barry Schwartz discuss their research on happiness, pleasure, and the coveted good life.
    This event is Sold Out

    Friday, June 19, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Microbes in the City:
    Mapping the Urban Genome

    Speakers: Joel Ackelsberg (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Eric Alm (Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Martin J. Blaser (New York University Langone Medical Center), Ilana Brito (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Jane Carlton (New York University Center for Genomics and Systems Biology), Rumi Chunara (New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering), Laurie Garrett (Council on Foreign Relations), Jack Gilbert (Argonne National Laboratory), Jo Handelsman (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), W. Ian Lipkin (Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia University), Juan Maestre (The University of Texas at Austin), Christopher Mason (Institute for Computational Biomedicine, Weill Cornell Medical College), Paula Olsiewski (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), Rachel Poretsky (University of Illinois at Chicago), Coby Schal (North Carolina State University Department of Entomology)

    Efforts to map all of the genetic information of microbial communities that make up the urban genome—from kiosks and subways, to soil and sewage—seek to improve the health and productivity of the built environments in which we live.

    Monday, May 5, 2014 | 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    HIV 2014: Science, Community and Policy for Key Vulnerable Populations

    Speakers: Fareed Abdullah (South African National AIDS Council, Pretoria, South Africa), Frederick Altice (Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA), Joe Amon (Human Rights Watch, New York, NY, USA), Chasity Andrews (Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, New York, NY, USA), Chris Beyrer (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, PA, USA), Frances Cowan (Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe), Anna-Louise Crago (University of Toronto, Canada), Steven Deeks (University of California - San Francisco, CA, USA), Jerome Kim (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Bethesda, MD, USA), Luiz Loures (UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland), Kristen Marks (Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA), Daniel Raymond (Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY, USA), Pavlo Smyrnov (International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, Ukraine)

    The UNAIDS' vision of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination provides a clear path for HIV research and policy. This symposium convenes clinicians, scientists, activists and policy-makers with the shared goal of improving outcomes for HIV in key vulnerable populations.

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Confronting Mortality: Faith and Meaning across Cultures

    Featuring: Allan Kellehear, Jeffrey J. Kripal, and Lani Leary
    Moderator: Steve Paulson

    How do we cope with the inevitability of our mortality? Experts in psychology, philosophy and sociology come together to share a multicultural perspective on death, dying, and what lies beyond.

  • Publications 


    Rethinking Mortality: Exploring the Boundaries between Life and Death

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    This Annals volume presents a thought-provoking four-part series on the intersection of life and death, with a special emphasis on implications for how we understand and approach mortality from scientific, ethical, and spiritual perspectives.

    Volume 1330


    HIV 2014: Science, Community, and Policy for Key Vulnerable Populations

    Organizers: Chris Beyrer (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Peter Godfrey-Faussett (UNAIDS), Ani Shakarishvili (UNAIDS), Yegor Voronin (Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise), and Jennifer Henry (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    The UNAIDS vision of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero discrimination calls for a global approach to HIV research and policy. This eBriefing focuses on improving outcomes for HIV in key vulnerable populations.


    Accelerating Translational Neurotechnology: Fourth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speaker: Robert J. Greenberg (Alfred E. Mann Foundation)

    This eBriefing explores the translation of neurotechnologies into new treatment options for neurological and psychiatric diseases.


    Sociability, Responsibility, and Criminality: From Lab to Law

    Edited by Oscar Vilarroya and Adolf Tobeña (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)

    This Annals volume explores timely topics in neuroethics, a developing scientific field addressing the neurobiological bases of critical sociological issues.

    Volume 1299

  • Podcasts

    Understanding nutrition's impact on health requires an intricate knowledge of all the different systems within the human body. Learn how a systems approach to nutrition could change the field.

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    A recent conference held at the Academy asked a downright outrageous question: Can dementia be prevented by making changes to your diet? In this podcast we look at what the answers might be.

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    In the second of a two-part series, experts look at the links between health and nutrition. They examine everything from how nutrition impacts hospital stays, to cancer and aging, to developing food science innovations, and improving diet.

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