Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Events

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities sponsors many lectures and events during the academic year. Please see the calendar below for a listing of our upcoming events—as well as relevant events presented by other groups at Northwestern University and its affiliated clinical partners.

May

31

Mirrors and Mirror Neurons: A Reflection on the Importance of Compassion in Healing - Annalese Duprey

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program presents

A Montgomery Lecture

with

Annalese Duprey, PhD Candidate
English Department, Northwestern University
Medical Humanities and Bioethics Fellowship Program, alumna

Mirrors and Mirror Neurons:
A Reflection on the Importance of Compassion in Healing


Medieval medicine and literature imagined lovesickness as a disease which could most directly be cured, literally, by empathy. The sick lover’s pain is most effectively assuaged when the object of his desires sees his suffering, takes pity on him, and reciprocates his amorous feelings. One of the primary metaphors of love in this medieval context is that of a mirror—the same metaphor by which we describe the neurons that help us forge social and emotional connections. Taking John Gower’s 14th century Confessio Amantis (Lover’s Confession) as its base text, this talk will consider the metaphor of the mirror, the lady’s empathy, and the modern understanding of mirror neurons while asking how medicine can better practice empathetic healing.

 

 

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Jun

05

NMH Medical Ethics Grand Rounds - "All of Us' Precision Medicine Research: Ethical Issues in Becoming a Genomic Citizen

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

NMH Medical Ethics presents

Ethics Grand Rounds

"All of Us' Precision Medicine Research:
Ethical Issues in Becoming a Genomic Citizen

Speakers:

Melissa A Simon MD, MPH
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences
Founder/Director, Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Maureen Smith, MS, LCGC
Director, the NUgene Project
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC
Medical Ethics, Program Manager & Clinical Ethicist
Northwestern Medicine, Central Region

Medical Ethics Committee is pleased to announce this year's programs to engage you, challenge you and invite you to share your insights into patient care. The purpose of these sessions is to promote ethical decision-making in health care.

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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