Biotechnology and the Future of Medicine

March 9–10, 2020

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The 2020 Annual Bioethics Conference will explore the potential of biotechnology to drive and shape the future of clinical care and research, and how ethics interacts with biotechnology in medicine, and consider multiple approaches to how we might ensure that biotechnology continues to evolve ethically.

The practice of medicine over the course of the last fifty years has changed dramatically. Novel technological developments will continue to generate new discoveries, therapies, and patient outcomes. Recent advances in intertwined areas, such as stem cell-based bioengineering, organoid technology, low-cost personal genome sequencing, machine learning, and human genome editing have the potential to create more effective, personalized medical treatments. But as we progress toward this biotechnologically-driven medical future, we must consider how ethical values can shape these advancements and vice versa.

Registration is $50 for two days of programing.

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  • Call for Posters

    Abstract Requirements and Deadlines: First submission deadline: January 1, 2020

    The annual bioethics conference planning committee is pleased to announce that abstracts for posters are now being accepted.

    Abstracts may be based on scientific research, ethics, or policy. Poster abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis with the first review beginning on January 1, 2020. The final abstract deadline is March 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. Abstracts will be selected by the committee and presenters will be notified by email if their abstract was selected.

    Selected presenters should have their posters printed in a 36 x 42 inch size format. Posters will be displayed during the conference on Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10. Presenters are expected to share their findings with conference attendees during a one-hour poster discussion period on Monday, March 9 and during the one-hour lunch breaks on each day of the conference.


    • A completed web form
    • A single PDF document containing a one-page written description of your poster (your abstract) to include:
      • Title of project/presentation in CAPITAL LETTERS at the top of the page.
      • Your name including earned degree(s) and professional licensure (if applicable).
      • Professional or academic title(s).
      • Professional or academic affiliation(s).
      • Co-author (if applicable).
      • Your email address for conference attendees to request additional project information.
      • A description of your fieldwork, research, or other bioethics project in fewer than 300 words including:
        • Statement of purpose and/or aims of the research (and context if relevant)
        • Research questions and/or hypotheses
        • Significance
        • Approach/method/strategy
        • Key findings
        • Importance/implications
  • About the Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference

    The Harvard Medical School Annual Bioethics Conference convenes leaders in the field to explore ethical questions and concerns in healthcare. Held each spring, this conference facilitates conversations among experts, and supports members of ethics committees, health care professionals, bioethicists, administrators, attorneys, and others who are interested in addressing ethical issues.