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Celebrating a Social Media Milestone: 1,000 Followers on Twitter! #Publicbioethics

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has just reached 1,000 followers on Twitter. This social media milestone is the perfect opportunity to take a moment and thank all of you who follow us (@Bioethicsgov), read our blog (blog.bioethics.gov), take part in our webinars (Bioethicsgov) access and use our educational materials […]

Deep Dive Today into Ethical Implications of Neuroscience Research and its Applications

Today the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) dives into several of the complex ethical and societal implications of neuroscience research and its applications.  Today’s agenda includes sessions on cognitive enhancement, direct-to-consumer neurotechnology, clinical innovation through neuroscience research, and capacity to consent research. President Obama requested that the Bioethics Commission review […]

Bioethics Commission Continues Discussion about Neuroscience and Ethics

Contemporary neuroscience has begun to make important breakthroughs, and given the complexity of the brain, scientists recognize we must better understand the brain in order to make desired progress. As researchers learn about the brain and its relation to the mind, fundamental questions arise about what makes us human. Accompanying ethical considerations must be addressed.

Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Hastings Center Report on Teaching Bioethics Deadline for submission: March 10, 2014 The Hastings Center Report and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues are planning a special issue to address current themes in bioethics education. Guest editors include Mildred Solomon, president and CEO of The Hastings Center, and Lisa M. Lee, […]

Bioethics Commission Joins Twitter

As part of its efforts to engage and educate the public about pressing bioethical issues, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) is pleased to announce that it has joined Twitter. Follow the Bioethics Commission @bioethicsgov How is the Bioethics Commission using Twitter? The Bioethics Commission will be posting news […]

Member Spotlight: Amy Gutmann

The Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission), Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., is the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania.  She leads Penn’s 12 schools and its Health System, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, overseeing a $6.4 billion annual budget.  This includes more than 21,000 full-time […]

Multiple steps must be taken before ethical pediatric anthrax vaccine trials can be considered

Today the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues concluded that the federal government would have to take multiple steps, including additional research in adults, before anthrax vaccine trials with children could be ethically considered by the U.S. government.  In its report released today, Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research, the Bioethics Commission responded to […]

Commission Wraps Up Miami Meeting

For the past year the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has been conducting a careful and transparent review of the ethical considerations of conducting clinical trials of medical countermeasures (MCM) with children. The examination raises many challenging and complex issues.  MCM research could carry some risk in order to protect children from […]

Commission in Miami

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is meeting today and tomorrow in Miami, Florida (January 14-15, 2013). At this meeting the Commission is expected to wrap up its exploration of the issues surrounding the ethical issues associated with research that could carry some risk in order to protect children from high consequence […]

Commission Will Take More Time on Medical Countermeasures for Children

In Administrative session yesterday, Members noted that the Commission is dealing with incredibly complex and difficult issues and that it is covering new ground in pediatric research ethics. Members agreed that the Commission must take the time it needs to address this topic carefully, thoroughly and transparently.

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