The Center for Christian Bioethics, which opened its doors in January of 1984, enhances teaching, research, and service in biomedical ethics and related fields at Loma Linda University. The University, a health sciences campus operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is located halfway between Los Angeles and Palm Springs in Southern California. The Center conducts the Bioethics Grand Rounds throughout the academic year. The Center also hosts several roundtable discussions organized and moderated by the Center's director, Roy Branson, PhD. David Larson, past dierector of the Center, presents Conversation with Authors; a unique interview program with current authors.
The Center's Carolyn and Ralph Thompson Library is a growing collection that now includes twenty journals and nearly 5,000 books. The Center mails UPDATE its complimentary newsletter, to 3,000 individuals and institutions throughout the world each quarter. It has published three books and participated in the publication of three others. The latest book is a compilation of the presentations for the 2006 Jack W. Provonsha Lectrue Series titled Physician-Asisted Suicide, edited by Mark F. Carr, PhD.
The Center director is Roy Branson, PhD and the associate director is Steven B. Hardin, MD. Other Center staff includes a manager; four ethicists, Roy Branson, David R. Larson, James W. Walters, and Andy Lampkin; and five clinical ethicists, Gina Mohr, MD, Tae Kim, MD, Marquelle Klooster, MD, Katja Ruh, MD, and Grace Oei, MD. Jon Paulien is chair of the Center's administrative committee and Dean of the School of Religion. The Center is engaged with specialists in other Loma Linda University schools including medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, allied health, and the departments of social work, psychology, and marriage and family therapy.
The School of Religion offers a program of study leading to the Master of Arts Degree in Bioethics.