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February 4, 2013

The Thousand-Dollar Genome

“Our main goal is not to cause any harm or additional stress to families,” says Nancy Spinner, head of genomic diagnostics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS)

February 1, 2013

Event: The Politics of Caring: Ethical Issues of Distributive Justice in an Era of Scarce Resources

The Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia and Emory University Center for Ethics
2013 Annual Conference
The Politics of Caring:  Ethical Issues of Distributive Justice in an Era of Scarce Resources
March 21 & 22, 2013
Emory Conference Center Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia

November 9, 2010

Event: Call for Papers “The Scandal of Bioethics”


The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
18th Annual Summer Conference
July 14-16, 2011
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

The Scandal of Bioethics Reclaiming Christian Influence in Technology, Science, & Medicine

Forty years after the concept of “bioethics” was introduced, it has emerged as the moral umpire in the fields of medicine, science, and technology. The bioethics of today is a broader enterprise than the familiar realm of medical ethics. Originally conversant with Christian moral reflection, bioethics has emigrated from bedside consultations to interdisciplinary research, public policy debates, and wider cultural and social conversations that all privilege secular discourse. The Scandal of Bioethics glances backward to ask questions about the legacy of Christian thought in bioethics, while facing the future, the purpose, and the place of Christian thought in bioethics. The time has come to address the tough questions: Has ‘Christian bioethics’ made any difference? Will Christians lead with moral courage and imagination? Is there a future for right of conscience in medicine and research? This conference will also address related trends in women’s health and reproductive ethics, the growing role of empirical research, global health, and a vision of biotechnology that affirms both human dignity and human flourishing.

There will be an opportunity to present professional papers and posters during the upcoming CBHD summer conference The Scandal of Bioethics: Reclaiming Christian Influence in Technology, Science, & Medicine. All serious proposals relevant to the study of bioethics are welcome. To be considered for presentation, contributed papers and posters must be submitted as abstracts 250-300 words along with a CV/resume. For the requirements, guidelines and deadlines of abstracts, contributed papers and posters and conference dates, please visit

October 11, 2010

Robotic legs for paraplegics march forward

Amanda Boxtel hasn’t walked since a skiing accident left her paralyzed nearly two decades ago.

In the video below, she stands and walks for the first time in 18 years using eLegs, a 45-pound wearable robotic exoskeleton aimed at getting paraplegics out of their wheelchairs and onto their feet. It’s an amazing sight.

“To take my first step in the eLegs was just astounding,” Boxtel says with tears in her eyes, “because I bent my knee for the first time in 18 years and I placed my heel on the ground. And then I transferred my weight. And then I took another step. And another one. And it was so natural, and that was what really gripped me.” (CNET)

October 14, 2009

Soldier dies after receiving smoker’s lungs in transplant

A leading UK hospital has defended its practice of using organs donated by smokers after the death of a soldier who received the cancerous lungs of a heavy smoker. (CNN)

Event: 2nd International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research

2nd International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research
Adult Somatic Stem Cells: New Perspectives

November 26-28, 2009
Event Website:

September 28, 2009

Fall Foliage Dinner Discussion: Physician-Assisted Suicide

October 9, 2009, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Bioethics Topic: Physician-Assisted Suicide
Keynote Speaker: D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A.
Panel Discussion:
D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A.
Former State Senator Thomas Colantuono
Colleen McCormick, CRNA, M.A. (Bioethics)

Radisson Hotel Manchester
700 Elm Street, Manchester NH 03101

To register, call 603-995-1182.

Dinner Discussion Sponsored by Cabrini Institute, Inc.
Co-Sponsored by The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

September 8, 2009

Event: Neuroscience 2009

Mark Your Calendar.
Plan To Attend Neuroscience 2009, Oct. 17-21, in Chicago, Ill.

Neuroscience 2009 will offer unequalled scientific content in a world class city. Chicago, a hub of science and nightlife, is a welcoming host for the 39th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

October 30, 2008

New Resource: “Health System Reform in China”

This Series marks an unprecedented scientific collaboration between The Lancet, Peking University Health Sciences Centre, and the China Medical Board. Health System Reform in China brings together the most recent scientific evidence on China’s major health challenges, strategies, and future. The Series was produced by a team of 63 scientists, with Chinese scientists constituting two-thirds of the authors, collaborating with an international team from 10 countries.  (

October 9, 2008

Event: Australasian Biospecimen Network 6th Annual Meeting

Australasian Biospecimen Network 6th Annual Meeting
“Enabling Medical Research: Opportunities and Challenges for Tissue Banks within Health”
21st November, 2008
Citigate Central, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
For more information see the meeting web flyer

October 6, 2008

Event: Emerging Issues in Bioethics

ISIUT 6th International Symposium
Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture
Emerging Issues in Bioethics: Conference & Clinical Ethics Workshop
Dewan Farooq Medical Complex, SIUT, Karachi, Pakistan
Phone: (92-21) 2726338  Email:  website:

September 29, 2008

New issue of The American Journal of Bioethics is available

Volume 8, Issue 8 of The American Journal of Bioethics is available by subscription only.  Relevant articles include:

“The Green Revolution in Bioethics” by David Magnus, 1-2
“Ethics, Pandemics, and the Duty to Treat” by Heidi Malm; Thomas May; Leslie P. Francis; Saad B. Omer; Daniel A. Salmon; Robert Hood, 4-19
“Ethical Implications of Implantable Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) Tags in Humans” by Kenneth R. Foster; Jan Jaeger, 44-48
“Who Is Buying Bioethics Research?” by Richard R. Sharp; Angela L. Scott; David C. Landy; Laura A. Kicklighter, 54-58

Event: Neuroscience 2008

Neuroscience 2008
Annual Meeting of the Society for Neurosecience
November 15-19, 2008
Washington, DC

Event: Annual Meeting of the Neuroethics Society

Annual Meeting of the Neuroethics Society
The first meeting of the Neuroethics Society will take place on November 13- 14, 2008, in Washington, DC at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The meeting will feature an exciting line-up of invited and contributed papers, break-out groups, posters, a business meeting and ample opportunities for informal discussion and interaction.  Email:

Event: Implanted Mind? The Neuroethics of Intracerebral Stem Cell Transplantation

Implanted Mind? The Neuroethics of Intracerebral Stem Cell Transplantation
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Castle Mickeln, November 6-8, 2008

This wide-ranging conference will include plenary lectures from eminent scholars in the field alongside panel seminars, author-meets-critics sessions, outreach activities, and social receptions.
Individual papers are invited in all areas concerned with “Neuroethics of intracerebral stem cell transplantation”, broadly construed. The presentations shall outline the interdisciplinary dimensions and perspectives of the connections between neuroethics and intracerebral stem cell transplantation.

PD Dr. Heiner Fangerau
Institute for the History of Medicine
Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf
Universitaetsstrasse 1
Building 23.12.04
D-40225 Duesseldorf
Tel. +49 (0) 211 81 – 13940
Fax. +49 (0) 211 81 13949

Event: International Congress: “A Gift for Life – Considerations on Organ Donation”, Rome, Italy, 6-8 November 2008

International Congress: “A Gift for Life – Considerations on Organ Donation”, Rome, Italy, 6-8 November 2008
he Pontifical Academy Pro Life (PAV), the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC) and the Italian National Transplant Centre (CNT) are organizing an international congress on “A Gift for Life – Considerations on Organ Donation” in Rome, Italy, from 6-8 November 2008.  The Congress will be a meeting of people from all over the world, at which the organ donating activities of five continents will be represented. Papers will be presented pertaining to scientific and medical, as well as to organizational, legal and ethical, aspects of organ donation.

For more information, please contact:
Arianna Caldon (Key Congress & Communication)

Tel: +39 049 8729511

Event: 12th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

When: July 18-22, 2009
Where: Veronda, VR. Italy

The AIME’09 conference will be a unique opportunity to present and improve the international state of the art of AI in BioMedicine from both perspectives of theory, methodology, and application. For this purpose, AIME’09 will include invited lectures, full and short papers, tutorials, workshops, and a doctoral consortium.  Original contributions are sought regarding the development of theory, techniques, and applications of AI in BioMedicine, including the exploitation of AI approaches to molecular medicine and biomedical informatics.

Pitt stem-cell procedure gives hope for regrowing limbs

Regaining a quarter-inch of his missing left index finger makes playing a human guinea pig worthwhile for Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris. The first soldier to volunteer for an experimental procedure pioneered by a Pittsburgh researcher, Harris said he knows most people aren’t impressed with his new stub but it represents progress for soldiers maimed in combat. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

September 15, 2008

Eye Implants to Fight Progressive Blindness

A novel medical device could treat eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked a novel treatment for two eye diseases: age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The treatment, developed by the Lincoln, RI, biotech company Neurotech, is a capsule that’s surgically implanted in the eye. Inside the capsule are genetically engineered cells that produce a protein that may prevent light-sensitive cells in the retina from dying–thereby protecting vision. The device is currently in phase II clinical trials.  (Technology Review)

August 26, 2008

New Article from Nature: “IVF: stars may have to consider the risk of stolen parenthood”

“IVF: stars may have to consider the risk of stolen parenthood” by Christoph Bock.  Nature 454, 938 (21 August 2008).  By subscription only.


‘Life after SuperBabe’ (Nature 454, 253; 2008) and Special Report ‘Making babies: the next 30 years’ (Nature 454, 260–262; 2008) summarize the far-reaching social and ethical implications that arise from progress in in vitro fertilization (IVF) and stem-cell research.

New Article from Nature: “IVF: tight regulation may not be suitable for all cultures”

“IVF: tight regulation may not be suitable for all cultures” by David Adamson. Nature 454, 938 (21 August 2008) By subscription only.


In her Essay ’30 years: from IVF to stem cells’ (Nature 454, 280–281; 2008), Ruth Deech reminds us of the role that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has played through regulation in guiding the practice and scientific investigation of assisted-reproduction technology in the United Kingdom. But I disagree with her opinion that assisted reproduction in the United States is “nearly an unregulated black market”.


The Bioethics Poll
Should individuals and/or institutions be allowed to patent human genes?
Yes, with some qualifications

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Which area of research should more money be invested in:
Animal-Human Hybrids
Gene Therapy
Reproductive Technology
Stem Cell Research
"Therapeutic" Cloning
None of the above

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