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The Role of the Bioethics Commission as it Examines the Field of Neuroscience

On December 18, 2013, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) will hold a public meeting to discuss neuroscience and related ethical issues. In July 2013, as part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, President Obama charged the Bioethics Commission to review and make recommendations on […]

Compensation Expert Addresses Commission

In the course of its review of current human subjects research protections, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues asked an international panel of experts to advise them on how the current system might be improved.  One of the recommendations of the international panel was that the U.S. government “should implement a system […]

Commission Calls for Transparency in U.S. Government-Funded Research

As the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues continued its assessment of current protections for human subjects in research at its public meeting in Boston this afternoon, Commission member, Christine Grady, proposed that the Commission recommend improving transparency in U.S. Government-funded research.  Grady said that federal agencies could develop systems – or improve […]

Commission Work Will Dovetail Nicely with HHS’ ANPRM

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today discussed how its current work assessing the contemporary rules and regulations that protect human subjects in research will nicely dovetail with the Department of Health and Human Service’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which was released last summer. The ANPRM is entitled “Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects […]

Putting Ethics in Action – What Role do Professional Standards Play?

Following the revelation that the U.S. Public Health Service conducted unethical research on STDs in Guatemala in the 1940s, President Obama charged the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to conduct “a thorough review of human subjects protection to determine if Federal regulations and international standards adequately guard the health and well-being of […]

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? […]

Interpreting your genetics test results: No easy feat

Vanderbilt University recently asked its second-year medical students to take personal genetics testing through the company 23andMe in order to better understand how to counsel patients who take the test. Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, the Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt, also decided to join in. Clayton, a medical doctor, […]

Ethics of prenatal genetic tests

What could be an explosive ethical issue in genetic testing in the years ahead? One possibility: prenatal genetic testing. Hank Greely, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, told the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today that just 1 to 2 percent of pregnancies now involve […]

Read your mind? Not in a ‘million light years’

The members of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues received a primer today on recent advances in the use of medical technology on neuro-imagery. It was a session that Dr. Gregory House of the TV show House would have found fascinating – especially the multiple uses of MRI machines to help detect […]

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