Retrieving the human face of science: understanding ethics and integrity in healthcare, medicine and research.

Position:International Ethics Conference


University of Botswana, Library Auditorium


6-10 December 2009

Conference organized by the University of Botswana in partnership with the US Navy Medicine and the Uniformed Services University


The International Ethics Conference on Retrieving the Human Face of Science: Understanding Ethics and Integrity in Healthcare, Medicine and Research at the University of Botswana is a premier event that will be held December 6-9th 2009 and attended by delegates from all over the world. It seeks to bring together practitioners in the areas of healthcare, medicine and research to discuss integrity and ethical issues related to healthcare, medicine and research and will focus on such issues as Human Response to illness, Leadership and the Healthcare Professions, Tradition of Mentoring, Integrity of Research and Globalization and the Diplomacy of Science.

The conference will begin with pre-conference workshops on Sunday December 6th 2009 that will be held in 2 parallel sessions in the morning and afternoon. The pre-conference workshops will culminate with an African Braii in the Mokolodi Nature Reserve. The Conference itself will run from December 7-9th and will begin with the first keynote given by His Grace, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, on "Human Illness and the Experience of Vulnerability". This will be followed by a second keynote by the US Navy Surgeon General, VADM Adam Robinson, MC, USN on "Hearing the Cries of the Poor: Healthcare as a Human Response". The final keynote will be given by Dr. Joseph Makhema, the Director of the Botswana Government / Harvard University Partnership on "Globalization and the Diplomacy of Science." Conference evening events for networking and socializing will include receptions hosted by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana and the US Ambassador to Botswana.


Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. He graduated from the University of South Africa in 1954, was ordained as a priest in 1960 then obtained a Master of Theology in 1966 in the UK. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to the UK as the Assistant Director of a theological institute in London. Archbishop Tutu was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa). He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005 and the Presidential Medal of...

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