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Bioethics Grand Rounds renamed to Claritás: Health and Faith Forum

Beginning this year, the Bioethics Grand Rounds has been renamed to the Claritás: Health and Faith Forum.

The first Claritás: Health and Faith Forum was held October 11 and featured Whitny M. Braun, a biomedical and clinical ethics graduate student. Ms. Braun presented “Sacred Suicide Rules: Rituals and Rationale of Sallekhana in the Jain Communities of Northern India.”

According to Carla Gober, PhD, director of the Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness, the Center for Christian Bioethics inaugurated the Bioethics Grand Rounds several years ago and the tradition has continued to be successful.

This year, Mark Carr, PhD, director of the Center for Christian Bioethics, invited the Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness to participate in developing a new Grand Rounds series with the purpose of “exploring ethics and wholeness through the disciplines.”

“We chose the name Claritás, which is Latin for ‘clarity,’ and the adjacent title ‘Health and Faith Forum’ as a title that would incorporate all the disciplines,” says Dr. Gober. 

“We are excited about the speakers scheduled for this series since they address a variety of topics of concern to health and faith from the perspective of several different disciplines.”

The next Claritás: Health and Faith Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center. Paul J. Zak, PhD, director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies in Claremont, California, will present “Love, Belief, and Neurobiology of Attachment.”

Course objectives for the forum are to have an understanding of the neurobiology of attachment and how this may be related to spiritual beliefs; gain some ideas on how this information might be used to further research connecting brain sciences and theology; and draw on this research to potentially improve relationships with other people and to have a closer relationship with God.

The Claritás: Health and Faith Forum, presented by the Center for Christian Bioethics and the Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness, is designated by the School of Medicine for continuing medical education activity for one hour in category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association.

Loma Linda University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing education for physicians.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, November 2, 2006