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March 26, 2015

Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On

Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On

In 2015 it will be 10 years since the adoption of the revised International Health Regulations (IHR). To mark this important anniversary, QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research is pleased to invite you to Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On.
The conference will be hosted by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point campus in Brisbane from 27-28 July 2015.
The conference will provide a forum for scholars and policy makers to discuss and present on the progress achieved through the IHR to date, and the important work yet to be done.
The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, Georgetown University, USA.
Themes to be discussed at the conference include:
  1. Development of IHR core capacities
  2. Regulatory responses
  3. Securitisation of infectious disease outbreaks
  4. Human rights
Papers from all disciplines and areas of expertise are welcome.

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March 26, 2015

Dissecting the Ethics of Organ Donation - 2nd Annual Islamic Bioethics Workshop

The Initiative on Islam and Medicine’s (II&M) 2nd Annual Islamic Bioethics Workshop, titled “Dissecting the Ethics of Organ Donation,” will be held June 5-7, 2015, at the University of Chicago.

Co-sponsored by the American Islamic College, the 3-day workshop will provide an in-depth conceptual introduction to the field of Islamic bioethics and examine the practical and theological ethics of organ donation in Muslim contexts and from an Islamic perspective. 
A brochure is downloadable here.  

March 26, 2015

Celebrating Colorful Language

I realize that I do not have the most focused blog in the world. Some people blog about nothing other than, say, capital punishment or new developments in whiskey. I write about psychology, behavioral economics, ethics, the doctor-patient relationship, health … Continue reading

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March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Obamacare!

Note: The Bioethics Program blog will be moving to its new home on April 1, 2015. Be sure to change your bookmarks to by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership This week, before a crowd of students attending the obligatory Monday morning convocation at Liberty University, Ted Cruz announced that he was […]
March 26, 2015

Bioethics Commission Releases Final Neuroscience Report as Part of BRAIN Initiative: Focuses on Controversial Topics that Must be Addressed if Neuroscience is to Progress and be Applied Ethically

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today released Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society (Gray Matters, Vol. 2), the second of its two volume report in response to President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative related charge. The President requested that the Bioethics Commission consider the ethical issues associated with neuroscience research […]
March 25, 2015

Podcast on the Challenge of De-adoption

Here is a podcast I participated in, put out by folks at GWU. A quickish interview on the challenge of getting doctors to stop doing things they ought to stop doing. You can also listen to it on iTunes, or … Continue reading

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March 25, 2015

Court Orders Hospital to "Treat" Dead Woman - Avila v. ARMC

Following the procedural path set by the Jahi McMath case in 2013, the family of Lisa Avila has obtained a TRO "precluding" Anaheim Regional Medical Center from "removing Lisa Avila from the ventilator or ending any of the current treatment."   T...
March 25, 2015

Fetal homicide

A recent AP news article posted on ABC News online about the bizarre case of a woman in Colorado who said she was pregnant then lured a pregnant woman into her house and attacked her with a knife and cut her baby from her womb, and then told her husband that she had miscarried and the dying baby was her own discusses the related issue... // Read More »
March 24, 2015

Medical Futility Lawsuit Proceeds against Yale - Marsala v. Yale New Haven Hospital

In 2008, I reviewed all the medical futility lawsuits that I could find.  I looked at both ex ante cases (for injunctions) and ex post cases (for damages).  With respect to the ex post cases, I concluded that the single most successful theory...
March 24, 2015

California Lawsuit for Not Honoring POLST

The family of Mary Virginia Schuller has just filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against a long term care facility for, among other things, failing to honor her June 2014 POLST.   Administratively, CMS has already concluded that the fa...