We are interested in meeting the challenges faced by our society in balancing the risks and benefits associated with the development and application of the products of science and technology. - Dr. Michael Kalichman, Director and Co-Founder


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In 2013-2014, the Ethics Center partnered with many San Diego organizations and institutions to present a series of forums with a common theme. The series focused on cancer, as seen through the lens of Siddhartha Mukherjee's book The Emperor of All Maladies. Participants included Fleet Science Center, Grossmont College, Legler Benbough Foundation, Moores Cancer Center, Point Loma Nazarene University, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, SDSU, Sharp HealthCare, UC San Diego, and USD.

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Texas Leading Challenge to New Smog Standards

Ethics Center Director, Mike Kalichman, was recently interviewed by the Texas Tribune on the topic of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new ozone standards intended to reduce pollution nationwide. In the article, Mike Kalichman discusses the ethical issues facing industry-funded research. The article can be found here.

How Should Drug Trials Be Conducted In The Middle Of An Ebola Outbreak?

Ethics Center Director Mike Kalichman was recently interviewed on the topic of conducting drug trials during an Ebola outbreak. You can read the article and watch an accompanying video here: How Should Drug Trials Be Conducted in the Middle of an Ebola Outbreak

Review of Ethics Forum "Ethicists Confront Cancer: When the Professional Becomes Personal" in U~T San Diego


Rebecca Dresser, author and Professor of Law and Ethics at Washington University, spoke Wednesday, June 4th at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Click here for the full article


Recent Programs




February 4, 2015           

Preventing HIV by Understanding Patterns of Transmission

NEW: Video now available to view on UCSD-TV!


June 4, 2014

When the Professional Becomes Personal: Ethicists Confront Cancer


May 14, 2014

Targeted Immunotherapy to Revolutionize Cancer Treatment


April 2, 2014

Communicating Through the Cancer Journey: Can We Talk?


February 25, 2014

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer


February 5, 2014

Are We On the Path to Curing Cancer in the Era of Genomics and Proteomics?

December 4, 2013

Winning the War Against Cancer in the Genomics Era: Is It About Time?

November 7, 2013

Neurogaming: What's Neuroscience and Ethics Got To Do With It?

October 2, 2013

Lessons From A One-Eyed Surgeon

August 7, 2013

Drones and Other UAVs: Benefits and Risks -- Exploring Ethics

June 5, 2013

Silent Spring + 50: Women in Science

May 1, 2013

Silent Spring and Students


April 3, 2013

Elephants or People? Ethical Dilemmas in Recovering Endangered Species

March 6, 2013

Global Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Disease

February 6, 2013

Silent Spring + 50: Lessons from San Diego's bays and bees

December 5, 2012

Rachel Carson's Legacy: Finding the Wisdom and Insight for Global Environmental Citizenship

October 17, 2012

Alternatives to insecticides: High impact solutions without environmental trade-offs

September 5, 2012

The Patients Are Waiting: How Can We Do Better?

August 8, 2012

Personalized Medicine: A Case Study of Academic-Industry Collaboration

July 11, 2012

Academic-Industry Collaborations: Can we all just get along?

June 6, 2012

Can the Community Help Overcome Barriers to Medical Research?

May 2, 2012

Henrietta Lacks and Human Subject Research: A Look at Past, Present, and Future

April 4, 2012

Is Henrietta Lacks Really Immortal?

March 7, 2012

Health Care Disparities: The Palliative Power of Understanding Science

Feb 1, 2012

The Conduct of Science in the Information Age

Jan 4, 2012

Science Literacy and Underserved Populations

Dec 7, 2011

What the Public Needs to Know About Clinical Trials

Nov 2, 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Oct 5, 2011

The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Sept 7, 2011

HeLa: Immortal Cells and Enduring Questions

Click here for Past Forums [May 2008 - present]


The lead supporters of the Ethics Center are UC San Diego, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego.



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