Center for Healthcare Ethics

Endowment of the Center: An endowment would allow Duquesne's Center for Healthcare Ethics to become one of the most prominent of its kind in the world and would support its mission of providing global leadership in ethics, promoting excellence in scholarship and training graduates academically and professionally to advance discourse on health care ethics in research, teaching and service.

Endowment for the Center Director: An endowment would allow the Center to attract and retain a world-renowned scholar with global bioethics experience. Such a director will lead the Center's educational programs, enhance the Center's reputation for research, and support the extensive variety of services that the Center's personnel provide.

The Center's current director is Dr. Henk ten Have, who has held positions as Professor of Medical Ethics and Director of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine at the University Medical Centre of Nijmegen in the Netherlands as well as Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology with UNESCO. He has been involved in public discussions examining palliative care, euthanasia, drug addiction, genetics, choices in health care and resource allocation. Over the last decade, he has been particularly involved in debates on global bioethics, emphasizing the need to create bioethics infrastructures (teaching programs, ethics committees, legislation) in developing countries.

Endowed Graduate Fellowships: The quality of a program's students reflects and enhances its academic vitality and scholarly reputation. Fellowships within the Center would attract outstanding graduate students and support their activities in global settings, while also allowing for visiting scholars and academic conferences.

Endowed Research: Research is an essential component of scholarship in bioethics. An enormous number of research resources in bioethics are available worldwide; the challenge is finding and selecting the most appropriate ones. A research endowment will further encourage and assist ongoing student engagement in research projects.

International Student Exchange: International partnership agreements have already been signed with institutes in Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Croatia and India, allowing Duquesne students to do one semester of research abroad in exchange for a student from the partnering institute visiting Duquesne's campus. Additional funding would allow the Center to send and receive an increased number of students and partner with additional countries.

Annual international training courses in bioethics targeting experts from developing countries, particularly members of bioethics committees.

Ethics teacher training courses for healthcare professionals involved in ethics education, with one-week scholarships for participants from developing countries.

Online clinical ethics consultation services for colleagues from developing countries confronted with problematic cases and in need of expert advice.

The Center is planning its own annual International Global Bioethics Conference, which will bring together experts from various continents to analyze salient problems in contemporary ethics, science and healthcare.

A smaller-scale symposium will include an annual keynote speaker's lecture on Duquesne's campus and the presentation of a Global Bioethics award for outstanding scholarship in the field.

Unrestricted gifts allow the Center to direct resources to the program's most critical needs and to respond to unexpected opportunities. The vast majority of gifts are designated for a specific program or purpose, making such discretionary funds particularly valuable.