Center Sponsored and Related Conferences


15th annual Alzheimer’s Conference for Caregivers
November 8th 2013
Registration required
For more information click here and here.


Should We Be Able To Sell Our Organs?
April 16th
Today, for the first time in modern history, we are seeing a precipitous decline in the amount of organs that are available to be donated. This past year at Stony Brook Organ Donation was down 11 percent from the previous year, itself a year that saw fewer organ donations than the year before. It is not an exaggeration to suggest that we are nearing a crisis. What are some of the factors that account for the shortfall? What can, and just as importantly, what should be done to address this crisis? In various countries around the world the sale of organs is permitted. Donors receive money for their gifts, and there is evidence to suggest that this practice has an impact on reducing the shortage of available organs. Yet, one can imagine costs associated with such a practice.
For more information click here.


The Neuroscience of Compassion
September 16th
Several independent lines of scientific inquiry that suggest humans are compassionate by nature, and that those who are compassionate have better heath and live longer compared to those who do not help others. Some efforts to understand the health effects of compassion have turned to neurobiology for answers, as way to study and understand how compassionate behavior involves bodily processes that influence morbidity and mortality. Our presenters consist of faculty and students who began their efforts to study the neuroscience of compassion at the University of Michigan, and who will discuss some of the key methodological and substantive issues surrounding this emerging new field, with an eye toward understanding the relevance to health and medical education.
For more information click here.

Thinking about Consent and Procurement in Organ Donation: Some Lingering Issues in the Areas of Ethics, The Law, and Public Perception
April 11th
An ever increasing gap between the need for and availability of donor organs has led to a number of competing views over how to address organ shortages. Of these, our speakers will address questions of presumed consent, how to address differences between donor intent and family wishes, and the question of donation by cardiac death.
For more information click here.


Deadly Medicine Exhibition and Lecture Series
April 6-June 12
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder and, ultimately, genocide. The exhibition contains historical photographs, artifacts and survivor testimony from the Holocaust, including explicit images of medical experimentation on children. A series of lectures were presented in conjunction with this exhibition.
For more information click here.


Cognitive Disability: A Challenge to Moral Philosophy
September 18-20
The realities of cognitive disability pose a significant challenge to certain key conceptions philosophers have held. Philosophers have conceived of the mark of humanity as the possession of rational cognitive capacities. They have traditionally extended the mantles of equality, dignity, justice, responsibility, and moral fellowship to those with these abilities, whom they speak of as "persons." What then should we say about those with severe cognitive disabilities? How should we treat these individuals and what sorts of entitlements can they claim? Should we grant the arguments of some philosophers who want to parse our moral universe in ways that depend on degrees of cognitive capacity, not on being human? How do claims for the moral consideration of animals bear on the question? Is it morally acceptable to consign some human beings to the status of "non-persons?" Philosophers have rarely faced these questions squarely and systematically.
For more information click here.