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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 13, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 11
Bioethics Institute Hosts Free Public Discussion

The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics will begin this week a three-part discussion series designed to better connect members of the general public with some of the nation's leading scholars of medical and public health ethics, all of whom are working on issues that affect society at large. As a public service to the local community, the institute will host its first-ever Grounds for Discussion series at the Evergreen coffee house in Baltimore.

"For concerned citizens, moral dialogue can be empowering," said Ruth Faden, executive director of the Berman Bioethics Institute. "Everyone remembers the dilemma of the Terry Schiavo case. It was an agonizing debate for the nation, but it could have been resolved much sooner if educated public discourse had taken place. Interacting with the public about such difficult moral issues is important to help inform future debates."

The first lecture, set for Tuesday, Nov. 14, is titled "Does Medical Ethics Get Scrubbed? What Doctors Don't Know, and How it Affects You." It will be given by Margaret R. Moon, an assistant professor of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a bioethicist at the Berman Bioethics Institute.

The other two topics will be "Scientists Can Watch Your Mind, Maybe Even Read It. Now What?" (Dec. 5) and "Why You Should Care About Research on Humans in Developing Countries" (Jan. 23).

All lectures will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Evergreen, 501 W. Cold Spring Lane. To attend, contact Stephanie Davis at or 410-516-8570. More information is available at


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