Events Calendar


2016 Annual Dinner

Unforgettable: Final Journeys

May 3, 2016
Reception 5:30 pm, Dinner 6:45 pm
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza

Scott Simon

Author, Peabody Award Winning Correspondent and Host of NPR’s
Weekend Edition Saturday

Simon’s tweets to his 1.25 million Twitter followers from his dying mother’s bedside in the summer of 2013 garnered major media attention around the world. His book, Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime, expands on those famous tweets to create a tribute to his remarkable mother and the love between parent and child, as well as to provide insights about growing old, the healthcare system and importance of communication.



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