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Ryan Bioethicist in Residence

The John and Marsha Ryan Bioethicist in Residence was established in 2006 to fund an annual residence and lecture by a law and/or medicine ethics scholar at the School of Law and School of Medicine at Southern Illinois University.

Each year, a leading bioethics scholar will present a public lecture on his or her scholarship, as it relates to law and medicine, at the law school in Carbondale and will present to students and faculty at the medical school in Springfield.  The bioethics scholar will also provide a presentation to the joint bioethics committees at Southern Illinois Healthcare.

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2021 Ryan Bioethicist


Jennifer S. Bard

Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

October 13, 2021 at 5 p.m.

This will be a Zoom Webinar: https://bit.ly/2021-ryan-bioethicist
Webinar ID: 893 8567 3885
Passcode: 356919

Achieving Social Justice in the Equitable Distribution of the Benefits of Biomedical and Social Science Research: Legal, Ethical, and Public Health Perspectives.

People living with disabilities in the United States have poorer health outcomes than the general population according to every measurable indicator. These disparities have been highlighted over the last 18 months as people living with disabilities have been at increased risk of catching Covid-19, developing severe symptoms, and dying from its complications. Many researchers have identified their near exclusion from biomedical and social science research as being both caused by and associated with these results. Not only is this exclusion ethically wrong, but, as this talk will highlight, it is scientifically unjustified and legally impermissible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lecture is free and open to the public

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Jennifer S. Bard is a professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she also holds an appointment as professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College, J.D. from Yale Law School, Master’s in Public Health from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown Law and a visiting professor at the University of Florida, the University of Iceland’s Law Faculty, and in the LLM program at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is also an elected member of the American Law Institute.