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02/05/2015

Learning the Lessons from Ebola to Inform Future Fights

As part of its review of  U.S. engagement in the global response to the current Ebola epidemic, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) sought insights from a panel of experts with decades of experience on the front lines of fighting infectious diseases. Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the National School […]

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02/05/2015

In Rush to Develop Ebola Therapies, a Debate Over Placebo Control

This morning the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) resumed consideration of U.S. engagement in the global response to the current Ebola epidemic by examining ethical issues that arise when conducting research during a public health emergency. As experts move to accelerate development of drugs and vaccines against Ebola, a debate […]

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02/05/2015

Bioethics Commission Sharpens Focus on Ebola Challenges

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) is conducting an in-depth review of U.S. engagement in the global response to the current Ebola epidemic. In her opening remarks, Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., chair of the Bioethics Commission, noted that the panel is seeking insights into three critical issues: the ethics of placebo-control trials […]

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02/05/2015

Bioethics Commission, Live from Washington, D.C.

We are live and blogging in Washington D.C. for the 20th public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is meeting today, February 5, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, and tomorrow, February 6, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ET. At this meeting, the […]

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06/10/2014

Bioethics Commission Wraps up Meeting in Atlanta

In a roundtable discussion to conclude its Atlanta meeting, members of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) and the day’s invited speakers delved deeper into how to respond to President Obama’s charge to review the ethical issues associated with the conduct of neuroscience research and implications of its findings. Amy […]

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06/10/2014

Considering How Neuroscience Could Influence Moral Decisions

Resuming its consideration of ethical issues generated by neuroscience research, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) turned its attention Tuesday morning to the potential implications of what advances in neuroscience might mean for ethics and moral decision-making. The session featured Joshua D. Greene, Ph.D., the John and Ruth Hazel Associate […]

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06/10/2014

Live from Atlanta for Day 2

We’re back from Atlanta for day two of the seventeenth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is meeting in Atlanta today, June 10, 2014, from  9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. At this meeting, the Bioethics Commission will continue its review of the ethical issues associated with […]

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06/09/2014

Roundtable Discussion: Seeking Guidance for Recommendations

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) continued its examination of the ethical issues associated with neuroscience research with an in-depth roundtable discussion involving both members and presenters. Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., Chair of the Bioethics Commission, asked “If there was one thing and only one thing that you think is ripe […]

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06/09/2014

The Potential of Neuroscience Research

As the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) continues its examination of the ethical issues associated with neuroscience research and the application of neuroscience research findings, it heard from a panel of experts about what neuroscience research might mean for various affected communities. The diverse panel included representatives of those affected […]

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06/09/2014

Considering Ethics of Neurological Research at All Stages of Life

As the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) continues examining ethical issues associated with neuroscience research and the application of research findings, the discussion in Atlanta turned to the difficult issues that arise in neurological research conducted at different stages of life. In his charge to the panel, President Obama noted […]

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