Author Archives: Hillary Viers
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, will speak to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues at its eleventh public meeting being held today and tomorrow in Chicago.
The Commission begins its meeting in Chicago by taking a closer look at the work of one of its predecessor Commissions – the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research – and the practical impact of its work today. The National Commission’s 1977 Report, Research Involving Children, laid the [...]
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is meeting today and tomorrow in Chicago (November 5-6, 2012).
The Bioethics Commission is at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 14th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. October 18-21. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Representing Bioethics.” Between staff, Members, and advisors, the Commission will be represented at several different sessions at ASBH. For example, on Friday, October 19 at 8 a.m. Executive Director [...]
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today released its report concerning genomics and privacy. The report, Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing, concludes that to realize the enormous promise that whole genome sequencing holds for advancing clinical care and the greater public good, individual interests in privacy must be respected and [...]
Washington, D.C. – On December 16, 2010 the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released its report on Synthetic Biology, fulfilling its first charge from President Obama. Prompted by the J. Craig Venter Institute’s announcement that it had created the first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell, President Obama tasked his Commission to review the [...]