MSOE will hold its fourth World Bioethics Day event on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Social Responsibility and Health—the Role of the Individual brings together a distinguished group of professionals representing medicine, philosophy and world religions to explore topics such as: 

  • What ethical and religious principles apply to situations in which the liberty and self-interest of some individuals must be balanced against the welfare of others?
  • To what extent are medical professionals obliged to put themselves at risk while treating patients?
  • Is it ethical to develop drugs or medical devices that are, by their very nature, so resource intensive (expensive) that their use will be limited to only the most privileged members of society?
  • To what extent is investing resources into the development of interventions for extremely rare diseases ethical when these resources could otherwise be used to investigate other more common diseases?
  • What ethical considerations apply to the development of genetic and biomolecular processes and interventions that have the potential for great benefit, but also some risk of widespread harm?

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the NVIDIA Auditorium at Diercks Hall, 1025 N. Milwaukee St. It is free and open to the public, and attendees can choose to attend one or more sessions in person or online: 

9-9:50 a.m. - An introduction to social responsibility and health

  • Dr. Marisa Beffel
  • Dr. Jon Borowicz, MSOE

10–10:50 a.m. - Catholic and Hindu perspectives on social responsibility and health

  • Dr. Kate Ward, Marquette University
  • Mr. Servesh Geddam, Hindu Temple of Wisconsin

11–11:50 a.m. - Jewish and Muslim perspectives on social responsibility and health

  • Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Islamic Society of Milwaukee
  • Rabbi Wesley Kalmar, Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah (ASKT)  

Please visit to register in advance.  

This event is hosted by the Milwaukee Area Unit of the International Chair in Bioethics (ICB) and sponsored MSOE’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Physics and Chemistry Department, School of Nursing, biomedical engineering program and biomolecular engineering program.