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An Invitation . . .

Grand Valley State University's Office of the Vice Provost for Health will present two compelling events on Monday, March 26, 2018 focused on ethical issues of genomic medicine. Both events are open to health care professionals, professionals in supporting fields, students, and community members. Both events will be held at Grand Valley's L.V. Eberhard Center.

The 2018 West Michigan Health Care Ethics Conference, jointly coordinated by Grand Valley and Spectrum Health, will take place in the afternoon and will include speakers and panel discussion. 

The DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy, hosted by Grand Valley is an evening discussion on ethics and will feature two nationally known experts on the topic of genome editing.


PLEASE NOTE: Participants should register for each event individually.  You may attend either or both events.

2018 Ethics Conference: $35 registration fee

DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy: Free to participants

2018 West Michigan Health Care Ethics Conference

Ethical Issues in Health Care: the Ethics of Genomic Medicine

Monday, March 26, 2018

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


The Office of the Vice Provost for Health at Grand Valley State University and Spectrum Health present the 2018 Ethics Conference highlighting speakers who will address complex issues concerning genomic medicine.  Presentations will include an introduction to genomic medicine and its implications, an examination of the ethical issues faced by providers, and a panel discussion of specific clinical cases.

L.V. Eberhard Center - 2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room
Grand Valley State University
301 West Fulton


  • Understand important ethical dilemmas that arise in medical practice and research by engaging with national and local experts in the field.
  • Recognize the importance of ethical challenges which healthcare professionals encounter on a daily basis.
  • Use the tools provided during the conference to resolve complex ethical issues.

Speakers/Facilitators Include:

Bart Williams, Ph.D.  Van Andel Research Institute

Deborah Barnbaum, Ph.D., Kent State University

Kim Garchar, Ph.D. Kent State University

Ruth Sanborn, DBE. Spectrum Health

Panelists include:

Bart Williams, Deborah Barnbaum, Kim Garchar, Alta Chara, J.D.  (University of Wisconsin Law School), Matthew Porteus, M.D. (Stanford University)

Facilitated by Caleb Bupp, M.D. Spectrum Health


Questions may be directed to the Office of the Vice Provost for Health by calling 616-331-5876 or e-mail to


AMA PRA CATEGORY 1 CREDITS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Grand Valley State University. The Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”


Ethics Conference Flyer rev. 12.6.17

Poster Presentations

We invite abstract submissions for poster presentation from students, healthcare professionals, administrators, researchers, educators and policy makers, on any of the ethical issues that arise in health care and particularly those interested in addressing the ethical implications of genomic medicine.  It is expected that the poster author be present with their poster during the event.




DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

The Ethics of Genome Editing

Monday, March 26, 2018

Grand Valley State University's Office of the Vice Provost for Health and the Colloquy Planning Committee invite you to join them for the spring DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy.

6 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.




L.V. Eberhard Center - 2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room
Grand Valley State University
301 West Fulton

Speakers Include:

Matthew Porteus, M.D., Ph.D
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Stanford University

Alta Charo, J.D.
Professor of Law and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin Law School


Jeff MacKeigan, Ph.D.
Professor, Cancer Biology and Complex Diseases
Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine


More information about the spring Colloquy as well as information from past Colloquy events is available on the Colloquy web site.

Colloquy Flyer for Ethics page