Events Calendar




Scott Simon
May 3, 2016

Reception 5:30 pm
Dinner and Program 6:45 to 9:00 pm

InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri

The Center for Practical Bioethics and Rainy Day Books are pleased to announce that the Keynote Speaker at the May 3rd, 2016 Annual Dinner will be Will Schwalbe, journalist, editor, new media expert, and New York Times Bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club, a profoundly moving memoir of caregiving, mourning and love.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, Will Schwalbe replaces Scott Simon. We are delighted to welcome another bestselling author who has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning as well as NPR. Will’s book will be given, one per family, to those attending the dinner.



Joan Berkley Bioethics Symposium

At the Crossroads: Final Journeys

May 4, 2016
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Student Union, Room 401

For information about the Annual Dinner and Symposium, as well as sponsorship opportunities, contact Cindy Leyland at or 816-979-1357.






Advancing the Common Good in Public-Private Relationships for Biomedical Innovation

March 10-11, 2016
Kauffman Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO

The Center for Practical Bioethics and Duke University’s Science and Society Institute will convene an inaugural, invitation only meeting to explore new practices that promote scientific progress through public-private partnerships while upholding the integrity and independence of the scientific process.

The keynote speaker at the opening dinner, Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine, will discuss her provocative series in the journal on conflict of interest (see links below).

The agenda will address three key questions about conflicts of interest in public-private partnerships:

• What are the salient interests that need to be managed and what are the responsibilities of the actors to disclose and manage their secondary interests?

• What strategies have been deployed in recent case examples to manage conflicts of interest? How effective have they been? How can they be improved? What new strategies need to be developed?

• What research, participating constituencies, meeting forums and recommendations should be proposed for funding to support multi-year activities to broaden conflict of interest options and their effectiveness?

The goal of the meeting is to produce a proposal to fund a multi-year project to study and test successful conflict of interest mitigation strategies for public-private partnerships.

Participants, by invitation, will include leaders from academic medicine and clinical research, entrepreneurs, government agencies, ethics and health policy, watchdog and advocacy groups, major foundations, venture capital and manufacturing.

For more information about the issue and the conference, please contact Leslie McNolty, Program Associate, at 816-979-1394 or

Suggested Reading

Reconnecting the Dots – Reinterpreting Industry-Physician Relations, by Lisa Rosenbaum, MD

Beyond Moral Outrage – Weighing the Trade-Offs of COI Regulation, by Lisa Rosenbaum, MD

Understanding Bias – The Case for Careful Study, by Lisa Rosenbaum, MD

Revisiting the Commercial-Academic Interface, by Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD

NEJM Reader Poll on Conflicts of Interest