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Discussion Highlights on Ethical Issues Related to Neuroscience

In a roundtable discussion that ended today’s meeting, Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., President of the University of Pennsylvania and the Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission), emphasized that “we have two big buckets here, one is the ethics of neuroscience research, and the other is the potential applications and […]

Integrating Ethics and Neuroscience Through Education

Today’s meeting of The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) began with a session on how ethics are integrated into science education in general, and into neuroscience education in particular. The Commission members heard first from Mildred Z. Solomon, Ed.D. President of the Hastings Center. Dr. Solomon emphasized that scientists are […]

Beyond BRAIN: Bioethics Commission to Look Broadly at Ethical Issues in Neuroscience

On July 1, 2013, President Obama requested that the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) review the ethical considerations of neuroscience research and its application. The impetus for this request was the launch of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Dr. Amy Gutmann, the President of the University […]

A Discussion on the Ethics of Incidental Findings

In a roundtable discussion, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) today discussed how incidental findings should be handled in the context of research, the clinic, and direct-to-consumer testing. What are the responsibilities of researchers to act on incidental findings? What is the duty of a clinician to her patient, […]

When an Incidental Finding Saves a Life

During today’s meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission), a panel of experts discussed the ethical considerations associated with incidental findings that arise during research. Alex John London, M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon began by noting “The researcher may have a duty to act in […]

An Overview of Incidental Findings

Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) addressed the role and impact of incidental findings in the clinic, in research, and in the new emerging businesses of direct-to-consumer testing. As Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., Chair of the Bioethics Commission, noted “Emerging medical technologies, changing cost structures, and evolving medical practice […]

International panel named to review scientific trials

Kicking off a five-month study of the ethics around contemporary human subjects clinical trials, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today named an International Research Panel to study the issue. The international panel consists of 14 members, of which 10 are from outside the United States. The announcement follows a request by […]

The chair’s request: A single good idea

At the end of a long meeting today, Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, had one question for a group of experts on the ethics of genetics testing and neuro-imaging: “What could we most productively take on as a commission? […]

An ethical framework

At the opening of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues meeting today in Atlanta, the first discussion wasn’t about the issue at hand – synthetic biology. Instead, it was about how to approach the issue. It was the third meeting of the Commission for its assigned task to make a recommendation to […]

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