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Call for Abstracts: Reproductive Ethics Conference

The Ninth Annual Reproductive Ethics Conference will take place in Galveston Jan. 9 and 10, 2025. The goal of this conference is to explore the range of topics addressed in reproductive ethics. We welcome individuals from all professional fields to create a rich and robust discussion. We are seeking abstracts for individual presentations, 3-4 person panels, and posters. View the flier linked below for more information.


In April of 1970, both The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Houston and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston sponsored the symposium "Humanism in Medicine" that would help shape and give impetus to the new institute that would emerge at UTMB in 1973. This new institute would be dedicated to medicine and the humanities.

Upcoming 2023 Seminars


Thank you Drs. Anne Hudson Jones and Bill Winslade!

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Dr. Anne Hudson Jones

When Dr. Jones joined UTMB’s Institute for the Medical Humanities in 1979, she was one of the first literature scholars in the country to hold a faculty appointment in a medical school. Her background in comparative literature (English, American, French, German, and classics) also prepared her for interdisciplinary work—reading and teaching literature in conjunction with art and music, as well as with history and science. Literature and medicine was an exciting new focus for her work, and her research interests became narratives of illness, narrative ethics, and ethical issues in biomedical publication. A founding editor of the flagship journal of her new field in 1982, she served as editor-in-chief of Literature and Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press) for more than a decade and remains a senior consulting editor of the journal. Dr. Jones has published widely in biomedical and humanities journals and has published two books: Images of Nurses in History, Art, and Literature (translated into Japanese) and, with Faith McLellan, Ethical Issues in Biomedical Publication. She has received many awards for her teaching and research over the years from groups such as the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Writers Association, the American Osler Society, and the University of Texas Board of Regents. In 2023, she received the ASBH Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Dr. Bill Winslade 

William J. Winslade epitomizes the multidisciplinary approach to bioethics. Winslade holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University, a J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles Law School and a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Winslade has also held appointments at the University of Houston's Health Law and Policy Institute and as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and is a Fellow of the Hastings Center. In addition to his notable career as a professor, he has also practiced both as a lawyer and a psychoanalyst. His interests include philosophical, legal and psychoanalytic concepts applied to the study of human values and ethics in science, medicine, technology and law. Dr. Winslade launched the clinical ethics consultation program in the late 1970s in response to a growing number of ethically complex telephone inquiries from healthcare providers who were seeking answers to questions they felt were outside of their expertise. By 1985 UTMB's first Ethics Service was operational. His book Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope and Healing” was nominated by Yale University for a Pulitzer Prize. His coauthored book Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine is a classic text in clinical ethics in its eighth edition and has been translated into seven languages.