Mendel Society Holds Conference On Bioethics

The Mendel Society of Boston College sponsored its 20th annual Undergraduate Conference on Bioethics on March 15 in Devlin Hall, featuring presentations and discussions on issues such as the right to die and the ethics of removing terminally ill patients from life-support.

Approximately 125 students and faculty representing colleges and universities from throughout New England attended the event, the only conference of its kind in the country sponsored by, and for, undergraduates. A record 28 undergraduate papers were presented at this year's symposium.

Ira B. Wilson, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the New England Medical Center and a member of the faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine, presented the keynote address, "Doctoring in Context: Money, Death and Voodoo." The conference was moderated by Helen Maslocka '79, president of BuyCell Strategies and organizer of the first Mendel bioethics conference.

-- Mark Sullivan

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