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Public Health Disasters the Focus of Duquesne Lecture on Ethics and Ebola

The impact of bioethics on the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak and the potential for greater influence on future public health crises will be the focus of the Thursday, Nov. 5, David F. Kelly Bioethics Lecture at Duquesne University.

Dr. Eric H. Meslin, director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, will address The Impact and Future Role of Bioethics on Ebola (and Vice Versa) on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 608 of the Duquesne Union.

Meslin will look at how the Ebola outbreak illustrates ways in which bioethics can affect health events, beyond post-crisis analysis. In the case of the 2014 event, bioethicists were consulted on issues from vaccine trials to calls for the reform of the World Health Organization, though the impacts on policy change are still being analyzed.

The lecture series, sponsored by Duquesne's Center for Healthcare Ethics, provides ethics leadership on critical issues in modern healthcare. The program draws nationally and internationally prominent scholars to Duquesne each semester to discuss current and emerging topics in bioethics.

The Impact and Future Role of Bioethics on Ebola (and Vice Versa) is free and open to the public, with a reception immediately following the lecture. For more information, visit the center's website, www.duq.edu/liber-arts, or contact Glory Smith at 412.396.4504.

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