Center for Bioethics

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

In the midst of societal wrangling over cloning, stem cell research, assisted suicide, and the environment, Cedarville University has announced the opening of its new Center for Bioethics.

The Center’s director, Dr. Dennis Sullivan, explained, “The purpose of the Center for Bioethics is to teach students to understand bioethical issues from a biblical perspective and to engage and influence the broader American culture.”

Sullivan serves as professor of biology at Cedarville University. His research and writing interests include biomedical ethics, cross-cultural medicine, and exercise physiology. A former medical missionary, he is a member of organizations such as the American Medical Association, the Christian Medical Association, and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. A Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery (1992) and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (1996), his most recent degree was an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity University.

Joining Sullivan are Center Associates Dr. John Silvius (senior professor of biology) and Dr. Susan Salladay (professor of nursing). Silvius will specialize in environmental ethics while Salladay focuses on clinical ethics.

The Center’s inaugural Fellow is Aaron Costerisan. Costerisan is a third-year medical student at Loyola University, now on sabbatical, studying under the mentorship of the Center. He is also pursuing an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity University.

One of the Center’s prime events this year will be its co-sponsorship of the 12th Annual Conference on Bioethical Issues, hosted by Mount Vernon Nazarene University. This year’s conference will focus on stem cell biology. The Center’s Web site  provides more information about the conference and offers visitors a number of additional bioethical resources, including a blog by Sullivan.

Learn more about the Center or call 937-766-7573.