BISMARCK, ND — Leading experts in the field of bioethics will gather in Bismarck August 12-13, 2016 as the University of Mary, in partnership with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), hosts a two-day bioethics seminar.

Father Tad Pacholczyk, director of education at NCBC stressed that the August seminar seeks to address questions of bioethics in practical terms.

Father Tad Pacholczyk, director of education at NCBC stressed that the August seminar seeks to address questions of bioethics in practical terms.

Reproductive technologies, end of life care, sexual assault protocols, and stem cell research are among the ethical dilemmas to be discussed.

“After the seminar, attendees will be able to articulate the Catholic Church’s understanding of the inherent dignity of the human person and effectively apply these principles to practical ethical dilemmas,” explained Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

Pacholczyk, a leading authority in bioethics who serves as director of education and ethicist at NCBC, says the seminar will also help professionals in the health care industry identify some of the resources available to them as they actively provide guidance to patients and resolve bioethical issues in their daily work.

In addition to Pacholczyk, several other ethicists will offer presentations at the seminar, including:

Dr. John Brehany

Dr. John Brehany

Brehany is a former executive director and ethicist at the Catholic Medical Association and currently works as director of Institutional Relations at NCBC. He serves as a consultant to two USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) committees and has specifically addressed conscience rights, healthcare reform and respect for human life in his work.

Dr. John Di Camillo

Dr. John Di Camillo

Camillo works as a NCBC ethicist and earned a Licentiate in Bioethics degree from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in 2009. He holds a Certification with Distinction in Health Care Ethics from NCBC and a Certification in Healthcare Interpretation from the Health Federation of Philadelphia.

Dr. Marie Hilliard

Dr. Marie Hilliard

Hilliard served as colonel (Ret.) in the US Army Reserve and worked as a registered nurse for over 20 years. She is a canon lawyer with extensive professional experience in medical ethics, public policy, advocacy, and health care regulation. Hilliard serves the USSCB in the implementation of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services as well as church-state relations.

The seminar will be held at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business on the campus of the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics; enrollment in the full NCBC certification program is not required. Dr. Karen Rohr, associate professor and director of bioethics and faculty formation at the University of Mary anticipates attendees from across the country at this unique event.

“Some people attend to enhance their existing knowledge and or to get the Catholic perspective in bioethics,” said Rohr. “Technological advances are making it imperative that healthcare providers understand and manage emerging ethical dilemmas and have the skills to guide patients, families, clinicians, and ethics committees toward resolution.”

Those interested in the two-day bioethics seminar may register for the event online at www.umary.edu/bioethics. For more information on the University of Mary’s world-class graduate degree program in bioethics, contact Dr. Karen Rohr at kmrohr@umary.edu or (701) 355-8113.