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Member Spotlight: Anita L. Allen

When Dr. Anita Allen moves in to her new office at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has recently been appointed Vice Provost for Faculty, she will bring her 1991 yearbook from Harvard Law School. Allen points out that the yearbook includes a portrait of her, then a visiting law professor, and also of then […]

What are Medical Countermeasures?

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) recently published a report, Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research, addressing the ethical considerations in conducting clinical trials of medical countermeasures (MCMs) with children. The Bioethics Commission received its charge for this report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, […]

What’s next for the Commission?

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues published a report on whole genome sequencing, Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing, in October 2012. At its January meeting in Miami, Fla. the Commission finalized its work on a report on the ethics of medical countermeasures research with children, which will be released soon. […]

Tom Beauchamp, Ph.D. to address Commission

Tom Beauchamp, Ph.D., an invited speaker at the 12th meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, has been a Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University for more than 30 years. Beauchamp has earned many accolades in the field of bioethics.  […]

Dennis Thompson, Ph.D. to address Commission

As the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues gathers in Miami to continue its discussion of the development of an ethical framework around the issue of pediatric medical countermeasures, Commission members will hear from additional experts in relevant fields. This afternoon Dennis F. Thompson, Ph.D., the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy […]

Empowering Patients through Informed Consent

If your doctor recommended that you have your whole genome sequenced, you would likely have a lot of questions, including: Where will my data be stored? Who will have access to them? Will they be secure?  Can I control who sees the information gathered from my data? How will my information be kept private? Is […]

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