Pennsylvania Western University’s James F. Drane Bioethics Institute has teamed up with the Center for Global Health Ethics at Duquesne University to host the inaugural Conference on Global Bioethics November 7-9 in Pittsburgh.

The conference, which is slated to be held biannually, will serve as a platform for leaders, scholars, activists, policymakers, stakeholders and students to shed light on varying aspects of global bioethics, discuss their ideas and research projects, create networks and alliances, and learn about groundbreaking theoretical and practical ideas in the field.

Programming will consist of plenary lectures by three international experts and presentations selected from submitted abstracts.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Keisha Ray, a tenured associate professor who holds the John P. McGovern, MD Professorship of Oslerian Medicine at the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics at UT Health Houston.
  • Dr. Henk ten Have, a research professor at the Faculty of Bioethics, Anahuac University Mexico.
  • Dr. Olinda Timms, a professor in the Division of Health and Humanities at St. Johns Research Institute in Bangalore, India.

Abstracts of 250 words or less are being accepted online through August 1. All topics related to global bioethics are welcome to be shared, analyzed and discussed at this conference, including:

  • Ethical theories and principles guiding global bioethics
  • Bioethical aspects of globalization
  • Global Governance for Health
  • The role of global and international organizations
  • The health consequences of Global warming
  • COVID-19 pandemics
  • Disease control at the global level
  • International research collaborations
  • Health inequality

Conference registration is open online through November 1. The $75 registration fee will be waived for Duquesne and PennWest students whose abstracts have been accepted.

Additional information is available at or by emailing Dr. Kiarash Aramesh, director of The James F. Drane Bioethics Institute and associate professor in PennWest’s Department of Biology, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, at