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Bioethics Commission Participates in White House BRAIN Conference

At the White House BRAIN Conference yesterday, Lisa M. Lee, Executive Director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) joined other representatives from federal agencies to discuss the progress and the goals of the BRAIN Initiative.  Her remarks, as part of the panel “Current Activities, Long-Term Goals, and Critical Components […]

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Neuroscience and Ethics: Integration Not Intervention

We’re pleased to take part in today’s White House BRAIN Conference. Check out our infographic that highlights our recommendations from Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, the first of two reports on neuroscience and related ethical issues.

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Just Published Hastings Center Report Highlights “Teaching Bioethics”

(This post also appears on Bioethics Forum.) The topic “teaching bioethics” is highlighted and explored in the newly published issue of the Hastings Center Report, which contains a set of essays developed collaboratively by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and The Hastings Center. The set’s introductory essay acknowledges that basic bioethics […]

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What is Democratic Deliberation? A Q&A with Bioethics Commission Chair Amy Gutmann

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission), has written eloquently about the idea of democratic deliberation. We asked her to explain this principle and discuss how it has influenced the work of the Bioethics Commission. Blog.Bioethics.gov (B.B.G): What is democratic deliberation? Amy Gutmann (A.G.): The best […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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