Call for Abstracts: The Ethics of “Making Babies”

Deadline: January 31, 2017, 5:00 PM

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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.

Call for Abstracts

Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5:00pm

The conference program committee is pleased to announce that abstracts for posters are now being accepted. Posters will be displayed online and in digital format during the conference on Friday, April 7. Abstracts will be included in a conference program book, which will also be available online.

The program committee will select three to four authors to formally present their posters during a scheduled session on Friday, April 7.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should 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)

  • Other professional or academic titles

  • An email address for conference attendees to request additional project information

  • A description of your fieldwork, research or other bioethics project in fewer than 500 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

This information will be published in a program booklet provided to all conference attendees.

Poster Guidelines

Final guidelines for digital posters will be sent on abstract selection.  

Learn More

For more information on abstract submissions, contact Blair Kahn at

Learn more about past conferences and register for updates on the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics website.

This event is co-sponsored 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.

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