12th FAB Congress: Confronting inequality in health and health care: global challenges, feminist responses

Organizer: International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

Date: December 3-5, 2018
Venue: Lecture Hall 1, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

FAB 2018 is the 12th World Congress of the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. It will be held in Bangalore, India, from December 3rd - 5th 2018.

Our World Congress brings together academics and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to explore and develop feminist perspectives on ethical issues relating to health. It is a vibrant and welcoming gathering that offers significant opportunities to share ideas, learn from others, participate in constructive debates and engage with a supportive network.

The FAB 2018 congress theme is "Confronting inequality in health and health care: global challenges, feminist responses". We anticipate a diverse array of stimulating presentations and discussions on this theme. There will also be opportunities to discuss feminist investigations in other areas of bioethics.

The final event of FAB 2018 is a plenary session run jointly with IAB 2018.

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Ethical and healthcare directives of the Catholic church in India: A Consultation with Stakeholders

Organizer: Catholic Bioethics Forum (CBF) of the Archdiocese of Bangalore in collaboration with the Office of Health Care, Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI)

Date: December 3, 2018
Venue: Annexe Board Room, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

Target audience:
Catholic healthcare professionals representing different parts of the country as well as across disciplines will be invited.


Session Format
Part 1 The Morning Session: Participants will be divided into 6 groups, based on interest and expertise, representing the six parts of the directives. Each group will go through the directives they have been assigned and deliberate on the following major issues:

Part 2 - The Afternoon Session: The deliberations of each part of the directives discussed in the morning session will be presented to the entire group for discussion. The aim of this session will be to:

Rev. Dr. Chris Vimalraj | 9591278976 | [email protected]
Dr. Olinda Timms | 9844217117 | [email protected]
Rev. Fr Mathew Perumpil 919448058060 | [email protected]
Prof. GD Ravindran | 9880081770 | [email protected]
Prof. Sunita Kurpad | 91-80-22065460 | [email protected]
Sr. Mercy Abraham | 8970239830 | [email protected]
Mr. Anil D’Souza | 9980264420 | [email protected]
Mario Vaz | 91-80-49467203 | [email protected]

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National annual transplant coordinators' conference: Emerging ethical dilemmas in organ donation and transplantation

Organizer: National Association of Transplant Coordinators supported by MOHAN Foundation

Date: December 3, 2018
Venue: Pope Paul IV Auditorium, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore


  1. Gain understanding of the recent judgement and state orders in India and their impact on organ donation.
  2. Get an overview of international perspectives in organ allocation and transplantation.
  3. Initiate discussion on common ethical dilemmas in the field of organ donation in India with the objective of creating guidelines for such clinical scenarios.
  4. Initiate conversation on the use of social media in the field of organ donation and transplantation with the objective of developing guidelines for the Indian transplant programme.
Target audience
This conference is intended for transplant coordinators across India, most of whom are medical social workers, nurses and a few doctors. This is the 11th edition of the conference and about 100 delegates are expected.
In addition to the Swamy Narayan Memorial Lecture, and paper/poster presentations, topics covered this year are expected to be of great value to transplant coordinators who are the foot soldiers of the organ donation and transplant programme in India.

Dr Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation;
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Mrs Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, MOHAN Foundation;
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Dr Sumana Navin, Course Director, MOHAN Foundation;
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A symposium on organ donation and transplantation in a world of inequality

Organizer: Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) and MOHAN Foundation

Date: December 4, 2018
Venue: Pope Paul IV Auditorium, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

The symposium is intended for health professionals and policy makers interested in organ donation and transplantation, as well as social scientists, ethicists, jurists, members of non-governmental organizations and students of health sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Learning objectives

After participating in this symposium participants:

The symposium will enable participants to contribute, through their professional practice, policy making, advocacy or research, to future work on issues addressed throughout the day. Discussions will also help establish priorities for action in the Asian region, and assist in the formation of professional networks in the region that will contribute to action around the world to promote equity in donation and transplantation.

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Date: December 4, 2018
Venue: Cardinal Gracias Hall, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

This workshop is intended to help emerging scholars develop skills in analysing cases in clinical ethics, research ethics, public health ethics and health policy and systems research, among other bioethics specialties, for publication as case commentaries in a bioethics journal. Regional capacity-building is one of the core functions of the journal Asian Bioethics Review (ABR), the flagship journal of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE) of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS), co-owned by NUS and Springer Nature.

No registration fee is payable to participate in this workshop (which is inclusive of tea/coffee and lunch), but prior registration is required. In addition, all participants must submit an abstract of 200-words on the case commentary that they intend to work on by 1 October 2018 to the workshop administrator (details below).

In addition to the abstract, details to be provided at the time of registration are as follows:

  1. Full name, organization/institution, city and country
  2. E-mail, work telephone, mailing address
  3. A short biography comprising an outline of academic qualifications, positions/appointments, most recent publication and/or professional practice background [of about 100 words]

Contact Persons:
Calvin W. L. Ho | [email protected]
Roy Joseph | [email protected]

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Pediatric Bioethics in India

Organizer: The Indian Academy of Pediatrics

Date: December 4, 2018
Venue: Annexe 3 Meeting Room, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

Broad Goals

  1. To enhance ethical thinking in children's healthcare and research.
  2. To create partnerships between pediatricians and social activists to promote child rights.
Specific Objectives
  1. Highlight bioethical issues in common healthcare scenarios among the physicians and nurses caring for children.
  2. Discuss the ethics of performing clinical research with children as research participants/subjects.
  3. Sensitize pediatricians about their responsibility towards promoting child rights and child advocacy.
  4. Provide a framework for setting up multidisciplinary Pediatric Bioethics Cells.
  5. Increase awareness about pediatric bioethics among medical and nursing trainees as well as students of social sciences.
Expected Outcomes
  1. Sensitization of pediatricians on problem solving in pediatric clinical bioethics and research involving children.
  2. Improved awareness of how to be an advocate for children.
  3. Creation of a Pediatric Bioethics Cell under the auspices of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP)
  4. Dissemination of key concepts from this workshop to a larger audience as a paper in the IAP's flagship publication, Indian Pediatrics.

PLEASE NOTE: Those submitting abstracts for poster presentation should do so as a word document, of not more than 300 words by October 1, 2018 to the above mentioned email address ([email protected]). All abstracts will be assigned a code and scored by a committee of three members who will independently assess each poster. Those selected to present their poster will be notified by October 15, 2018. CME credits will be awarded as per approval of the KMC. Selected posters will be displayed for a moderated poster session walk on the day of the workshop.

Dr Jagdish Chinnappa (+91 9845029935)
Dr Arpana Iyengar (+91 9880372660)
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Unravelling Bio-markets through the lens of ethics, gender, race and political economy

Sama Resource Group for Women and Health

Date: December 4, 2018
Venue: Auditorium Room, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

This symposium seeks to deepen the discourse on global bio-markets, particularly expanding the analytical focus beyond the macroeconomic to that of political economy, gender, race, and ethics. It expects to draw on the work done in this area - including on reproductive technologies, stem cells, oocytes, commercial surrogacy, organ trade, participation in clinical trials, etc - by various presenters. The symposium will facilitate debate on issues of equity, justice and therefore ethics of bio-markets: who benefits, who gets excluded, what new forms of precarious labour come to be produced, how hierarchies are produced and reified between stakeholders in the market. The experiences of people – in their roles as investors, buyers and sellers – in these (bio)exchanges made for cash or kind, or in return for future treatment, access to medicines etc, will also be interrogated. Biotechnologies thrive in a context where the notion of a promissory future free of illness is central, and legal and regulatory frameworks grapple with the ethical conundrums that they pose. Ethical concerns related to healthcare technologies remain relevant for the newer biotechnologies, although they flag other ethical dilemmas pertaining to data privacy, ownership of biological information and patenting or what it means to be "genetically ill". The extent of regulation of global bio-markets and its nature will also be deliberated during the workshop.

Gargi Mishra | Sarojini N | Deepa Venkatachalam
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Developing a contemporary public health ethics curriculum for post graduate education and community health in India

Organizer: Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA)

Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 9am to 1:30pm
Venue: Annexe 3 Board Room, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

One of the obligations of and challenges to global bioethics is to evolve a socially relevant, context specific, curriculum for public health ethics in an unequal world. Most health science graduates and post graduates have little or no exposure to the larger debates, campaigns and struggles of people for the basic determinants of health or access to healthcare. Post graduate courses/modules on public health ethics are also not the norm in India. Moral reasoning and ethical underpinning of health activism are therefore kept away from young minds. It is in this larger context that this workshop will specifically focus on curriculum development processes for the learning of public health and community health ethics by post graduates.

The workshop will involve 20-30 (max. 40) key persons from multi-disciplinary backgrounds involved with post graduate education of health and development professionals. Besides the ‘what’ of public health ethics, ‘how to’ facilitate its learning will be addressed. Collective work on a draft document that outlines the proposed curriculum will be undertaken prior to the workshop by the organisers. During the session, short presentations will raise issues and stimulate discussions and additionally, participants will be split into small groups to work in detail on the draft document. The document will be finalised following the workshop based on the suggestions and feedback received.

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Public engagement on CHIM studies in the Indian context: Discussion of a 2018 pilot study in Bengaluru

Organizer: Division of Health and Humanities, St. John’s Research Institute, Bengaluru; Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad, Haryana.

Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Venue: Annexe Board Room, St John's Medical College Campus, Bangalore

The session will be in two parts of 1 hour 45 minutes each with a tea break in between.

Part 1: Presentation of the findings from an exploratory study on public perceptions to Controlled Human Infection Model (CHIM) studies in Bengaluru urban and rural district, followed by discussions.

Part 2: Group deliberations on a questionnaire-cum-screening tool to evaluate the perceptions among Indian people regarding acceptability of, concerns and participation in CHIM studies. The questionnaire will be developed based on the findings of the pilot study conducted in Bengaluru.

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