Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine




In keeping with the mission of the Center for Ethics, a number of partnerships, memberships, and programs which have been established in effort to further community understanding and involvement in bioethics matters. Below is a description of some of the ongoing programs, and more information about current projects and events is available on the MSU Bioethics Blog.

Ethics Committees

Center faculty serve on and consult with ethics committees for Sparrow Health System, McLaren Health Care, and Marquette General Hospital.

Bioethics for Breakfast

The Center, with the valued support of the law firm of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, coordinates a lecture and discussion series four times per year under the title “Bioethics for Breakfast” at the University Club of Michigan State University. This forum brings cutting-edge bioethics issues to the attention of policymakers. View the archived list of all Bioethics for Breakfast events to date.

Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

This annual series hosts a variety of lecturers, from clinicians to medical researchers to philosophers, offering a broad range of relevant topics in bioethics. For more information, visit the Brownbag & Webinar Series page.

Annual Foglio Lecture on Spirituality and Medicine

Tom Tomlinson serves on the committee to plan the Annual Foglio Lecture on Spirituality and Medicine. The series was established in honor of Father John P. Foglio, DMin, a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine who was committed to social justice, a compassionate and intense concern for the personal and spiritual well-being of students and colleagues, and a scholarly background in both theology and communication sciences. This lecture brings nationally renowned scholars to the MSU College of Human Medicine, offering medical students insights and a deeper understanding of how spirituality impacts the practice of medicine.

Visit the following pages on the Department of Family Medicine's website to watch and read about lectures from previous years:
May 2012: Harold G. Koenig, MD
May 2013: Florence Gelo, DMin, NCPsyA
May 2014: David Hilfiker, MD

American Board of Pediatrics Ethics Committee

Leonard M. Fleck serves as a 2009 - 2014 member of the ABP Ethics Committee.

Michigan Biotrust for Health Community Engagement

Center faculty are members of the Community Engagement working group for the MDCH Michigan Biotrust for Health.