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The Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in vulnerable populations globally, through research, education and policy change recommendations. GBI concentrates on disparities over international lines which often lead to poor health and needless loss of life.

Special screening event of “Tales from the Organ Trade” in partnership with HBO Documentary Films Division, October 28, 2013


Posted on 22 Sep 2014

By Abrigul Lutfalieva
Pennsylvania legislators are currently considering two organ-transplant bills. If passed, Senate Bill 850 and House Bill 30 (which are basically identical according to their supporters) are expected to increase the number of organ donors. But a (hopefully unexpected) side-effect is that it might be “easier for murderers to avoid detection and prosecution.”
Currently, there are 121,000 people on the national waitlist for organ transplants. Generally, laws that stand to …

Posted on 22 Sep 2014

By Zoe Martina Siegel
According to the Global Industry Analysts (GIA), the number of organ transplant procedures performed globally is projected to reach 148,00 by the year 2020 for a number of reasons, including an aging population and the growing number of terminally ill patients.
Medical and technological advancements have led to organ transplants becoming the preferred treatment for many chronic diseases and have drastically increased the survival rate of terminally ill …

Posted on 22 Sep 2014

By Andrew Rock
In this interview with The Daily Circuit, Ezekiel Emanuel, Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses questions and considerations that arise when one asks one of the most important bioethical questions: With a scarcity of organs, how does one decide who receives priority?
The current structures in place for dealing with such dilemmas “vary depending upon the organ that’s being transplanted,” explains Dr. …

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