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November 27, 2018

Artist's Note

Original art and artist’s blurbs are presented in collaboration with the students of the University of Illinois Chicago program in Biomedical Visualization. 

November 26, 2018

Aligning Research Priorities to Improve Equity: A Challenge for Health Funders

This post can also be found as the November 2018 editorial in the American Journal of Bioethics

by Alonzo L.

July 31, 2018

Credentialing Exam is A Battle for Power and Soul of Bioethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Like most members of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH), I received an email last week geared toward enticing me to sign up to take the new Healthcare Ethics Consultant accreditation exam.…

May 8, 2018

Speaking to the Media about Antimicrobial Resistance: A Deeper Description of How I Wear Many Hats as a Bioethicist

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last week, I was interviewed by an academic news serviceabout antimicrobial resistance (AMR) after a study reported that giving antibiotics to children in selected African towns led to a decreased mortality rate.  …

March 14, 2018

Ethics of Crowdfunding Higher Education

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last week, the faculty at my university were sent an email about an “exciting “new way to fund our projects and research—raise the money ourselves.…

December 13, 2017

BioethicsTV (12/11-13): Confidentiality, Cost, Religious Objection

Chicago Med (Season 3; Episode 4)

Confidentiality: A husband comes into the ER with his wife who is experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions.…

November 1, 2017

Rand Paul is About to Legislate Peer-Review: Scientists Need Not Apply

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Senator and former Presidential candidate Rand Paul introduced S. 1973, a bill that would change how scientific grant proposals are reviewed.…

October 18, 2017

Structural Injustice of the Academic Conference

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

We have come to that magical time of year again when academic and professional organizations hold their annual meetings.…

January 19, 2017

Peer Reviewing: Paying it Forward

by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD and Bela Fishbeyn, MS

As an associate editor and executive editor of the American Journal of Bioethics, we identify and recruit peer reviewers to review manuscripts that have been submitted for publication.…

January 4, 2017

Last Days of the ACA

by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Politicians are notorious for making campaign promises and then not carrying them out. With the beginning of the 115th Congress, the GOP has doubled-down on its promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).…

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Published Articles (4)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 11 - Nov 2018

Health Research Priority Setting: The Duties of Individual Funders Leah Pierson & Joseph Millum

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 11 - Nov 2018

Aligning Research Priorities to Improve Equity: A Challenge for Health Funders Alonzo L. Plough

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Growing an ethics consultation service: A longitudinal study examining two decades of practice Christine Gorka, Jana M. Craig & Bethany J. Spielman

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 7 Issue 3 - Jul 2016

Improving third-year medical students' competency in clinical moral reasoning: Two interventions Paul J. Cummins, Katherine J. Mendis, Robert Fallar, Amanda Favia, Lily Frank, Carolyn Plunkett, Nada Gligorov & Rosamond Rhodes

News (49)

October 10, 2018 9:00 am

Crop-protecting insects could be turned into bioweapons, critics warn (Science)

It sounds like science fiction: A research program funded by the U.S. government plans to create virus-carrying insects that, released in vast numbers, could help crops fight threats such as pests, drought, or pollution. “Insect Allies,” as the $45 million, 4-year program is called, was launched in 2016 with little fanfare. But in a policy forum in this week’s issue of Science, five European researchers paint a far bleaker scenario.

October 2, 2018 9:00 am

Biologists irate at NSF’s new one-proposal cap (Science)

Last month, NSF’s biology directorate announced that researchers could submit only one proposal a year in which they are listed as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI. The cap applies only to the directorate’s three core tracks and excludes several other NSF programs from which many biologists receive support… But 70 scientists have signed onto a letter asking the agency to reconsider the new policy, which they also complain was adopted without any community input.

October 1, 2018 12:30 pm

Finland joins Europe’s bold open-access push (Nature)

Finland’s national research funder has signed up to Plan S — a push by a group of European organizations to make a radical change to the way that research results are published. The Academy of Finland, which announced its move on 24 September, is the first organization to sign up since Plan S was launched by 11 funders earlier this month. The now 12-strong coalition demands that, from 2020, papers resulting from the research they fund are immediately free to read on publication.

September 17, 2018 12:54 pm

NIH gets $2 billion boost in final 2019 spending bill (Science)

Congress has approved a $2 billion raise, to $39.1 billion, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in a 2019 spending bill approved by House of Representatives and Senate negotiators last night. As expected, the 5% boost matches the Senate’s proposed spending level and surpasses a $1.25 billion increase in a draft bill passed by the House.

September 17, 2018 12:00 pm

Medicine’s Financial Contamination (The New York Times)

The fall from grace last week of Dr. José Baselga, the former chief scientific officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, illuminated a longstanding problem of modern medicine: Potentially corrupting payments by drug and medical device makers to influential people at research hospitals are far more common than either side publicly acknowledges.

September 6, 2018 1:37 am

Blood-Testing Firm Theranos to Dissolve (The Wall Street Journal)

Theranos Inc., the blood-testing company accused of perpetrating Silicon Valley’s biggest fraud, will soon cease to exist.

August 17, 2018 1:26 am

The Next Phase of Human Gene-Therapy Oversight (The New England Journal of Medicine)

The NIH envisions using the RAC as an advisory board on to- day’s emerging biotechnologies, such as gene editing, synthetic bi- ology, and neurotechnology, while harnessing the attributes that have long ensured its transparency. We at the NIH and the FDA look for- ward to working together with all our stakeholders to implement thesechanges.Wesharecommon goals: advancing science and hu- man health and accelerating the availability of safe and effective gene therapy, along with the many promising new products that fu- ture biotechnologies may bring.

August 14, 2018 9:00 am

Too cute? Colleges, courts grapple with the role of companion animals (CNN)

Colleges have also seen an uptick in the number of registered emotional support animals on campus. Unlike facility dogs, emotional support animals need not be dogs nor obtain specific training, but a person who wants one must have documentation from a health professional to show a disability and a disability-related need for the animal in order to obtain protection under the Fair Housing Act. Such protection allows the animals to live in places where they may otherwise be prohibited. Amid this influx of animals, classrooms and courtrooms are grappling with where to draw the line.
July 25, 2018 12:34 pm

The DEA wanted new suppliers of marijuana for research. Two years later, nothing has changed (STAT)

Two years ago, federal drug authorities said they would consider licensing new suppliers of marijuana grown for scientific purposes, a move seen as an acknowledgment of the need for additional rigorous research into potential medical uses and risks of cannabis and its components. Hope you weren’t holding your breath. The Drug Enforcement Administration still has not granted additional licenses for a grow operation, despite receiving more than two dozen applications in the year after it announced it was open to approving one.

June 22, 2018 9:00 am

U.S. Announces Its Withdrawal From U.N. Human Rights Council (NPR)

After more than a year of complaints and warnings — some subtle and others a little less so — the Trump administration has announced that the United States is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced the decision in a joint statement Tuesday.

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