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02/29/2012

Meet Our New Associate Editor, Richard Sharp, PhD

The AJOB Editorial Office is proud to announce its has added five new members to its editorial group.  Over the next few days, we will introduce the members of our new editorial group to you, including our new co-Editors in Chief, our two new Associate Editors and our new Book Review Editor.

One of our new Associate Editors is Richard Sharp, PhD of Cleveland Clinic. We selected Rich because of his scholarship in genetics, new technologies, enhancement and other cutting edge areas in bioethics. Rich is very active in the ELSI genetics community and is connected with both scientists and ethicists in that world.…

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02/23/2012

David Magnus Corrects the Record Regarding AJOB

Over the past couple of weeks, a great deal of drama has played out regarding changes at the American Journal of Bioethics. While we appreciate all of the support we have received from our Editorial Board and much of the leadership in the field, a number of misleading or false claims have been made about which I feel obligated to respond.

  1. It has been claimed that the Editorial offices of AJOB were relocated to Celltex. This is false. It is a matter of public record that the offices of the journal have been and continue to be based at 3030 Post Oak Blvd.

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02/21/2012

Book surgery

Artist Brian Dettmer turns old reference books into new works of art using surgical tools. Isn't this gorgeous?

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02/21/2012

Book surgery

Artist Brian Dettmer turns old reference books into new works of art using surgical tools. Isn't this gorgeous?

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02/17/2012

For The Record: A Response from The Editors of AJOB

To the readers of bioethics.net, the bioethics community, and the general public:

As our publisher, Taylor and Francis, has announced, Glenn McGee has stepped down at Editor-in-Chief of AJOB. Upon making the decision to take a position in the private sector, Glenn made a recommendation to the publisher that one of us (David Magnus, co-Editor of AJOB), be promoted to Editor in Chief. He agreed, but only on the condition that Summer Johnson McGee, then Executive Editor of AJOB, be made the co-Editor-in-Chief with him. It took some time to persuade Taylor and Francis to release Glenn from his editorial contract and to work out details with its new editors regarding the transition plan.…

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02/17/2012

Welcome to the New Bioethics.net!

Completely integrated with the most up-to-date social networking software and other new features, this website makes it even easier and more fun to find today’s bioethics news, jobs, events, and commentary.

Our site is now also home to all three of the journals in the AJOB family: The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), AJOB Neuroscience and AJOB Primary Research.

Visit our “Hot Topics” section to learn all you want about any given topic in bioethics including bioterrorism, organ donation and transplantation, public health and much much more.

Kudos and many thanks to Diamond Merckens Hogan of Kansas City, MO for the amazing design of this new site and for reminding us to always “Be Fearless”.…

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02/13/2012

Association for Medical Humanities Annual Conference

University College Cork, July 9-11, 2012
The 2012 conference of the Association for Medical Humanities will take place at University College Cork, Ireland, with the kind support of the Wellcome Trust. Organised in conjunction with the Consortium for Medical Humanities, an inter-University initiative to develop research in Medical Humanities in Ireland, the theme is ‘Medical Identities: patients and professionals’, and we hope that it is one that will allow for a broad interpretation of the development of the profession, and of the people who use and serve it. Themes may include:

• Local, regional and national medical identities related to place and space.

• Medical migrants (movement in search of treatment and training)

• The impact of culture, politics and socialisation on medical practice

• The development of identities – professional hierarchies within and between specialisms

• Alternative therapies

• Rise of advocacy groups – the emergence of a collective patient identity

• Professional organisation – the development of the BMA/IMA

• Changes in identity as a result of medical intervention – amputees, etc.

• Medicine in war

• Patient as consumer: private medical care

• Charitable medicine – Medecins Sans Frontieres versus medical missionaries

Keynote Speakers:

Prof Ivor Browne, author of ‘Music and Madness’, Emeritus Prof of Psychiatry, UCD

Prof Jane Macnaughton, CAHHM, Durham University

Prof Steven King, Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leicester


Conference Organising Committee:

Dr Oonagh Walsh, University College Cork, Dr Ciara Breathnach, University of Limerick, and Dr Olwen Purdue, Queen’s University Belfast.

Please send a 200 word proposal to the organisers at medhumsireland@gmail.com Suggestions for panels are also welcomed.

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02/13/2012

Association for Medical Humanities Annual Conference

University College Cork, July 9-11, 2012
The 2012 conference of the Association for Medical Humanities will take place at University College Cork, Ireland, with the kind support of the Wellcome Trust. Organised in conjunction with the Consortium for Medical Humanities, an inter-University initiative to develop research in Medical Humanities in Ireland, the theme is ‘Medical Identities: patients and professionals’, and we hope that it is one that will allow for a broad interpretation of the development of the profession, and of the people who use and serve it. Themes may include:

• Local, regional and national medical identities related to place and space.

• Medical migrants (movement in search of treatment and training)

• The impact of culture, politics and socialisation on medical practice

• The development of identities – professional hierarchies within and between specialisms

• Alternative therapies

• Rise of advocacy groups – the emergence of a collective patient identity

• Professional organisation – the development of the BMA/IMA

• Changes in identity as a result of medical intervention – amputees, etc.

• Medicine in war

• Patient as consumer: private medical care

• Charitable medicine – Medecins Sans Frontieres versus medical missionaries

Keynote Speakers:

Prof Ivor Browne, author of ‘Music and Madness’, Emeritus Prof of Psychiatry, UCD

Prof Jane Macnaughton, CAHHM, Durham University

Prof Steven King, Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leicester


Conference Organising Committee:

Dr Oonagh Walsh, University College Cork, Dr Ciara Breathnach, University of Limerick, and Dr Olwen Purdue, Queen’s University Belfast.

Please send a 200 word proposal to the organisers at medhumsireland@gmail.com Suggestions for panels are also welcomed.

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02/10/2012

Is Hope a Culprit in Cancer Clinical Trials?

A recent study conducted by Emory University School of Medicine found that therapeutic misconception is alive and well in Phase I cancer research. According to the Chicago Tribune, “people enrolled in early stage trials for possible cancer treatments may underestimate the risks involved and overestimate the potential benefits.”

The culprit: hope. Yes, that’s right. Plain unabashed optimism. As one of the study authors Rebecca Pentz describes it: “When participants describe the risks and benefits of participating in the trial, they may use their descriptions to stay hopeful.” That blasted hopefulness is clouding people’s understanding of research risk and benefit. How horrible!…

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02/01/2012

Gingrich on IVF: Bad for Families, Bad for Bioethics

Scientists, reproductive specialists and andrologists had better prepare. If Newt Gingrich has his way (and wins the Presidency), he will have a whole new world in store for science and medicine.

Newt has revived the embryo debate in Republican politics, giving bioethicists a “walk-on role” as Michael Cook explains it. How successful he will be on keeping it on the radar is another issue altogether. It is just as likely that Newt may have just been pandering to the audience at the Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church in Florida, trying to secure votes that clearly were not enough to win the Florida Primary.…

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