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June 16, 2016

Dear Professional Organizations…It’s Not Me, It’s You

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Dear Professional Organizations,

Being an active member of my profession is important for both my personal mission and my professional career.…

February 29, 2016

A Post-Oscars “Spotlight” on Neonatal Lupus for Rare Disease Day

by Amanda Zink, J.D., M.A. and Jill P. Buyon, M.D.

As national funding decreased in recent decades, medical research suffered. Progress toward uncovering beneficial preventative and therapeutic treatments slowed for thousands of devastating conditions, affecting the health, happiness, and life expectancy of millions of Americans.…

October 5, 2015

Your Biology is in My Technology

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The PBS series Open Mind has been on television for nearly 60 years. The program “is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas.” The December 30 episode was an interview with Dr.

August 31, 2015

Hashtag Advocacy or Slacktivism: How Should We Evaluate the Impact of Social Media Campaigns for Public Health?

by Macey L. Henderson, J.D.

It takes more than a TV news story or a Twitter hashtag campaign to save lives.…

August 26, 2015

The Price of Academic Freedom

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Alice Dreger resigned from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/Memorial Hospital this week. The slash is because last year the hospital and the medical school merged.…

April 29, 2014

Defending Bioethics in the Job Market

By Keisha Ray, PhD

I am a junior scholar who is currently on the job market, hoping to secure a faculty position as a bioethicist.…

September 23, 2010

Another Bioethics Program in the MA in Bioethics Game...

The another recent addition to the crowd of masters degrees in bioethics is the program at SUNY Stonybrook.

Based within their Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, this program is a MA in Biological Sciences with a track for medical humanities compassionate care and bioethics.…

News (13)

June 14, 2016 8:26 am

White House, private sector act to reduce organ transplant waiting list (Washington Post)

The White House and a group of universities, companies and nonprofits announced new steps Monday to reduce the wait time for an organ transplant, including a $160 million Pentagon program to develop ways to repair and replace cells and tissue.

June 13, 2016 8:09 am

In effort to understand continuing racial disparities, NIH to test for bias in study sections (Science)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, has decided to find out whether its fabled grantsmaking process discriminates against African-American scientists.

May 20, 2016 8:49 am

Nearly a third of women in academic medicine experience sexual harassment (Reuters)

For women in U.S. medical research, sexual harassment is less common than 20 years ago, but it was still experienced by 30 percent of those responding to a new survey, compared to just 4 percent of men, researchers say.

May 19, 2016 8:46 am

House GOP presses ahead with Zika measure (Washington Post)

House Republicans on Wednesday pushed through a $622 million bill to battle the Zika virus, setting up challenging negotiations with the Senate and the White House.

May 16, 2016 7:48 am

Obamacare Rule Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Patients (Time)

The Obama administration has finalized a new rule that bans discrimination against transgender people and all discrimination on the basis of sex within health programs that receive federal funding.

May 3, 2016 10:11 am

For Hospitals, Prestige Leads To Profits (Kaiser Health News)

When it comes to hospitals, which benefit most from high health care prices? It may sound counter-intuitive, but a group of not-for-profit hospitals appear to be among those doing the best business.

October 19, 2012 6:51 pm

Research Firm Reaped Stem Cell Funds Despite Panel's Advice (LA Times)

StemCells Inc. has had rather a charmed relationship with California’s publicly funded stem cell program, with some $40 million in awards approved this year.  Co-founded by an eminent Stanford research scientist, the firm ranks first among all corporate recipients of approved funding from CIRM, despite only collecting about $1 million a year from licensing patents and selling cell cultures.

September 25, 2012 8:28 pm

Johns Hopkins Ethicists To Discuss Sickle Cell Disease Impact and Treatment (Newswise)

September is sickle cell disease awareness month, and faculty members of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics are taking an active role in increasing understanding of this debilitating disease and the ethical dimensions of its treatment and impact.

June 28, 2012 8:13 pm

Conservatives line up against sperm donors, but lack the power to ban them (Washington Post)

A new documentary exploring the ethical implications of sperm donation is creating a buzz among religious audiences.  “Anonymous Father’s Day” delves into bioethics from the perspective of donor-conceived children who grow up not knowing their biological fathers. The film gives fodder to opponents of assisted reproductive technology, who argue the fertility “industry” has led to psychologically scarred children and the “commodification” of human life.

May 17, 2012 10:08 am

Art Caplan reflects on a career in bioethics while leaving for NYU (Newsworks)

It wasn’t that long ago that the term “bioethics” wasn’t well known. But more than any other American scientist, Dr. Arthur Caplan has been credited for bringing this somewhat abstract intersection of philosophy and medicine into to the public discourse. After founding the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, Caplan is now taking his expertise to New York University.

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