Barcelona will host the XV Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Bioethics 

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September 20-21, 2018

About us

The XV Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Bioethics is organized in conjunction with the Borja Institute of Bioethics-Ramon Llull University, the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu and the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital.

The International Society for Clinical Bioethics (ISCB) was founded in June 2003 with the aim to facilitate contacts and information exchange between those working in clinical bioethics and related fields in different parts of the world, encouraging the development of research and teaching in clinical bioethics and related fields.

The International Society for Clinical Bioethics aims to be truly international, linking all those working in clinical bioethics and related fields, facilitating mutual contact, and encouraging the discussion of clinical aspects in bioethics.

The Society exists for educational and scientific purposes, and not for the purpose of making profits for its members or for any other person or organisation, with the following educational and scientific objectives:

  1. To facilitate contacts and the exchange of information between those working in clinical bioethics and related fields in different parts of the world;
  2. To organise and promote international workshops, seminars and conferences in clinical bioethics and related fields;
  3. To publish bioethical newsletters, volumes and other types of publications;
  4. To encourage the development of research and teaching in clinical bioethics and related fields;
  5. To uphold the value of free, open and reasoned discussion on issues in clinical bioethics and related fields.

The Borja Institute of Bioethics-Ramon Llull University (IBB-URL) was founded in 1976 with the main goal of studying in depth the problems raised by progress in biomedical science and its implications for society and its values, disseminating its findings in specialized publications.

It offers a University Master and several University Expert Certificates in Bioethics, and different assessment services. In addition, the Borja Institute organizes and participates in courses, conferences and round-table discussions with the aim to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue between scientists and humanists as a means to integrating scientific knowledge and ethical sensibility and finding appropriate ways to solve the problems arising from conflicts between technical views of reality and the cultural and social values.

The Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu (IRSJD) addresses research from the standpoint of the human development life cycle, directing research activity towards biological and psychological problems related to pediatric diseases and adult health problems which can originate and develop in childhood. This scientific and technological knowledge is the ideal platform to offer innovative clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive solutions to patients in their project of personal and social life.

The IRSJD aims to become a benchmark internationally in biomedical research in paediatric age, but also with an interest in global human development. Our general hypothesis is that events and interventions that occur at different stages of the individual's life, such as the fetus, newborn, childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood are the basis for adequate and healthy psychological, biological and social development. Early therapeutic interventions against interruptions or health problems in the paediatric age will have a positive impact on health or disease status in adults.

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital (HSJD) is a private, non-profit institution that is dedicated to public service. It is a member of the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, which manages more than 300 healthcare centres in 50 countries around the world and serves the most vulnerable groups in hospitals, health centres, social services and religious communities.

Since 1867, the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital has been dedicated to comprehensive care for women, children and adolescents, and has become one of the most important specialised paediatric centres in Europe. Care is based on the multidisciplinary work of its professionals.

Through the Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation (FSJD), the hospital conducts research to find new and better treatments for paediatric diseases.

As a university hospital, it contributes to the training of health professionals, together with the University of Barcelona. Their goal is not only to promote and encourage the training of their professionals in order to improve the health of their patients and the community, but also to advance scientific and human knowledge.


The organizing committee

Emili Bargalló, MBA (FSJD)
Gordana Pelcic, PhD MD MSc (ISCB)
Montse Esquerda, PhD MD (IBB-URL)
Miquel Pons, MD (HSJD)
Salvador Ribas, PhD MA MSc (ISCB)
Helena Roig, MD MA (IBB-URL)


The scientific committee 

Salvador Ribas, PhD MA MSc (ISCB) - Chair
Tsuyoshi Awaya, PhD LLM (ISCB)
Margarita Bofarull, MD MTh (IBB-URL)
Francisco J. Cambra, PhD MD (IBB-URL)
Montse Esquerda, PhD MD (IBB-URL)
Farida Nadgmi, PhD (ISCB)
Francesc Palau, PhD MD (IRSJD)
Gordana Pelcic, PhD MD MSc (ISCB)
Keisuke Shishido, PhD MD MSc (ISCB)
Michael Tai, PhD (ISCB)
Luka Tomašević, PhD (ISCB)
Elena Yudina, PhD (ISCB)