June 19, 2017 (New York, NY) – GBI is commencing its third annual International Bieothics Summer School, sponsored by Pace University’s College of Health Professions and New York Medical College. Led by experts in the field of Bioethics, professionals and students will experience Global Bioethics, Human Rights & Public Policy in various forms such as film screenings, field trips, and lectures/seminars. Concluding with a completion ceremony, the two-week program promises to be engaging and informative. Topics addressed in the program will include the bioethics of embryonic stem cell research, cloning, gene therapy, end-of-life care, genetics, reproductive technologies, human subject research, organ transplantation and access to health care.

“I am absolutely confident that you will leave this program enriched,” said Dr. Bruce Gelb, President of GBI, at the program’s outset. “You will find that what you learn over the coming days will impact how you interact and engage with the world in many aspects of life.”

“There is a lack of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals, to learn about practical bioethics. The GBI Summer School helps to fill this void,” remarked​ Dr. Ana Lita, GBI’s Co-Founder and Executive Director.

GBI is a not-for-profit international educational organization founded in 2011 by Dr. Ana Lita. GBI keeps the international community, policymakers, the media, and the public informed about contemporary bioethical challenges and solutions. GBI provides key educational opportunities through public policy reviews, human rights advocacy, and its annual Summer School program. GBI is associated with the United Nations Department of Information (UNDPI) and has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Attendees are encouraged to join Dr. Harriet R. Feldman, Dr. Charles Debrovner, and Dr. Ana Lita for the program’s introductory cocktail reception on June 20th, from 6-9 PM at Pace University’s Aniello Bianco Room, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY. The event will feature singer Sarah Hayes and​ her Trio​, and is an exciting opportunity to meet the diverse program participants from across the globe.

Monday, June 19, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Scientific Foundation for the Ethical Discussion of Fertility Treatments

Frederick Licciardi, M.D., Professor in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center, Director of Oocyte Donation Program at NYU Fertility Center


Monday, June 19, 1:30 PM – 4.30 PM, When We Can Not Cure: Thoughts on the Ultimate Challenge to the Bond of Patient

Michael R. Berman, M.D., MBI, Professor at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, Medical Director of Labor and Delivery and Associate Dean for Quality and Patient Safety in its Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science



Summer School students – representing diverse disciplines, careers, and countries – enjoy one of many immersive lectures in New York.

Click here to read participant testimonials about the 2017 International Bioethics Summer School program.