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April 6 - 7, 2017
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA


The use of assisted reproductive technologies raises far-reaching ethical and legal implications, yet there is little regulatory oversight of these medical procedures in the United States. In a field marked by rapid technological innovation, policy makers, physician-scientists, and those seeking infertility treatment must navigate questions related to conception in a landscape of shifting cultural norms and ideological divisions.

The Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics’ Annual Bioethics Conference convenes experts from education, medicine, law, and other key stakeholders to frame and discuss the ethical implications of both current and developing reproductive technologies.

This event was open to the public, but seating was limited and registration was required.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

8-8:45 am: Registration and Breakfast

8:45-8:55 am: Welcome and Introduction

8:55-9:10 am: Introduction to Morning Sessions

9:10-9:40 am: Criminalization of Reproductive Choice

10-10:15 am: Coffee Break

10:15-10:45 am: Creating Equal Access to Assisted Reproduction 

11:05-1:25 pm: Uterine Transplantation and Reproductive Autonomy: A Clinical Ethicist’s Perspective 

11:25-11:45 am: The Tale of A Consult: Starting Uterine Transplants at BWH 

12:05-1:15 pm: Lunch and Poster Presentations

1:15-1:30 pm: Introduction to Afternoon Sessions 

1:30-2 pm: Getting to ‘Right’: A Blueprint for Emerging Reproductive Technologies 

2:30-2:45 pm: Coffee Break

2:45-3:15 pm: Freezing Eggs and Creating Patients: Reproductive Autonomy Revisited

3:15-3:45 pm: Gamete Management and Genetic Ties: Recent Challenges in the Policy and Practice of Posthumous Reproduction 

4:15-4:45 pm: Money Changes Everything (in Fertility Treatments) 

5:30-6:30 pm: Reception 

Friday, April 7, 2017

8-8:30 am: Registration and Breakfast  

8:30-8:45 am: Introduction to Morning Sessions 

8:45-9:15 am: The Future of Reproductive Autonomy 

9:15-9:45 am: The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction 

10:15-10:30 am: Coffee Break

10:30-11 am: The Role of Provider Autonomy in ART: Honoring and Declining Patient Requests in Fertility Care 

11-11:30 am: Cross Border Reproductive Care: Legal and Ethical Issues 

Noon-1:30 pm: Lunch and Poster Presentations (Martin Conference Center)

1:30-2:15 pm: Case for Regulation: The Experience of UK Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority 

2:45-3:15 pm: Prenatal Testing and Public Health: The Fig Leaf of Reproductive Autonomy 

3:35-4 pm: Coffee Break

4-4:20 pm: Where Have All the Designer Children Gone? 

4:20-4:40 pm: Genetic Modification of Gametes and Embryos for Human Reproduction: Crossing the Germline Barrier

5 pm: Closing Comments

Learn More

Learn more about confirmed speakers and conference logistics on the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics website.

Cosponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.


bioethics   biotechnology   criminal law   doctor-patient relationship   genetics   health law policy   human tissue   reproductive technologies