First National Bioethics Conference, 2005

The first National Bioethics Conference was held by Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME) on November 25-27, 2005 in Mumbai.

National Bioethics Conferences have been conceptualized towards development of bioethics as a major healthcare concern and a discipline. The objectives of these conferences are to increase awareness and sensitivity, in the research and practice of bioethics; to increase debates, discussions, interactions and publications in the field; to sensitize multidisciplinary actors from health, social sciences and humanities discipline; and to create platforms to nurture the growth of bioethics.

Sama was one of the co-organisers of the workshop. The theme of the first national bioethics conference was ‘Ethical challenges in health care: global context, Indian reality’ with the focus on four sub‐themes: Ethical challenges in HIV and AIDS; Ethics of life and death in the era of high‐tech healthcare; Ethical responsibility in violence, conflict and religious strife; and Ethics and equity in clinical trials. The specific objective was to understand the emergence of bioethics as linked to biomedical and social science disciplines in India while relating it to the globalizing world and pressures for developing countries.

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