Welcome to Washington, DC for the 25th public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission’s meeting is today, May 3, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET.
Chair Dr. Amy Gutmann opened up the meeting by summarizing the Bioethics Commission’s forthcoming report focusing on key aspects of their own efforts—on deliberation and education in bioethics. Deliberation is a process that has informed the Bioethics Commission’s practices, including respectfully engaging different viewpoints and striving toward consensus recommendations with transparent and accountable justification. The Bioethics Commission has previously made numerous recommendations to support bioethics education, and developed its own materials to address this need. The new report builds on these efforts, offering new recommendations for advancing bioethics deliberation and education.
At today’s meeting, the Bioethics Commission will begin its discussion of the impact of bioethics advisory bodies past, present, and future. The Bioethics Commission welcomes a variety of esteemed speakers from past U.S and other national bioethics advisory bodies. Panelists will shed light on previous bioethics advisory committees, and how these set the stage for the future of national-level bioethics bodies.
For the full agenda of today’s meeting, click here.
You can follow the proceedings of the Bioethics Commission’s meetings here at this blog, and on the live webcast at the Bioethics Commission’s website. All transcripts and webcasts will be archived and available following the meeting.