Challenging the Norm: Fostering Ethics


Health Sciences Learning Center, Room 1306, 750 Highland Ave., Madison (Map and driving directions)


The event is free and no registration is required.

For more information:

Visit the Bioethics Symposium website, or contact Beth Pinkerton at

The theme of the Seventh Annual Bioethics Symposium is "Challenging the Norm: Fostering Ethics", which covers a myriad of topics revolving around hospital ethics committees and research ethics, among others. The symposium is presented by UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Medical History and Bioethics.



  • Baby Doe and the Need for Hospital Ethics Committees
  • Ashley Revisited: Growth Attenuation and Children with Severe Development Disability
  • Pediatric Transplants: Children as Donors and as Recipients
  • The Perils of Knowledge and its Pursuit – The Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Trial: An Ethical Precedent
  • Current Controversies in Whole Genome Sequencing

We will also be honoring Norm Fost, MD, MPH, professor emeritus of bioethics and pediatrics and longtime commentator on legal and ethical issues relating to health care.


Not able to attend in person?


Watch the live video stream or view the presentations in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Video Library after March 26.