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Organ Donation in France: the Opt-Out System

Legislation has recently come into effect in France that now presumes consent to organ donation. France’s previous policy required doctors to consult relatives in cases where deceased individuals had no clear directives regarding organ donation, and relatives refused in almost one third of the cases. The new policy means that all citizens will be organ [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

GBI excited to ​announce new President, Dr. Bruce Gelb

Global Bioethics Initiative is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Bruce Gelb, M.D., F.A.C.S, as President of the Board of Directors. Dr. Gelb is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, School of Medicine, and the Surgical Director of Renal Transplantation of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. He also performs liver [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

​​​The future of ​b​ioethics under President-elect Trump: Professor ​​Moreno​’s Thoughts​

It is difficult to predict the fate of bioethics in the coming years under the new President-elect Trump, states Professor Jonathan Moreno, an Advisory Board member of Global Bioethics Initiative.  He is also a Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. In 2008-09 he served as a member [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

After the election bioethics faces a rocky road

By Arthur Caplan Academic bioethics has never been popular with Republicans. Libertarians dislike academic bioethics because it seems too elitist and anti-free market.  Religious thinkers worry it is technocratic, soulless and crassly utilitarian. Now with Trumpism add a populist disdain for expertise, experts and the scientific method and you have a stew that means few [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Novel system to get dying patients an experimental cancer drug raises hopes — and thorny questions

By KAREN WEINTRAUB @kweintraub NOVEMBER 8, 2016 The drug was still experimental, but clinical trials suggested it could be a lifesaver for patients with a lethal form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. And those patients were clamoring to get it. They overwhelmed drug maker Janssen Pharmaceuticals with requests for the medication. Most companies [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

The most extensive face transplant performed by surgeons at NYU Langone Medical Center

Face transplants are slowly becoming an everyday surgery in the world. Just this past August, Dr. Eduardo Rodríguez performed one. In a 26-hour operation, the most extensive face transplant operation to date, the plastic surgeon and his team removed the face and scalp of a young victim of a fatal accident and successfully grafted the [...]

By | November 5th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Organs for the rich and cute: Should patients campaign for their own donors?

By Ada Roberts This week the Canadian Society of Transplantation released a report officially sanctioning the practice of publicly campaigning for organ donors, a practice that made headlines last year when two Canadian parents were desperately searching for functional kidneys for their recently adopted twins. The practice, says the report, is “ethically and legally acceptable” [...]

By | October 28th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

The Resurrection Project, New Scientist Cover Story

The Resurrection Project We can't stop death, but we can try to reverse it by Helen Thomson "We already have small biobanks for storing bones from human donors, as well as tendons, ligaments and stem cells. But with rapid advances in regenerative medicine, there is a growing need for large-scale facilities in which we can [...]

By | October 15th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Participant Testimonials Manhattan Summer School Program, July 11 – 22, 2016

In just the first week of the course, I’ve been exposed to world-class thought leaders speaking on critically emerging ethical issues of global impact in ways that transform hypothetical case studies to real-world dilemmas. Nowhere else could I have had the opportunity to engage in provocative dialogue with the Board President of Doctors Without [...]

By | October 9th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Successful Launch Dubrovnik Summer School Program, August 5 – 14, 2016

  Global Bioethics Initiative in partnership with the University of Zagreb School of Medicine and Inter-University Centre invited students and professionals worldwide to attend Dubrovnik International Bioethics Summer School, August 5-14, 2016 - DIBSS. Our summer school program brought together brilliant minds from around the world and we welcomed them on August 5th, to the first International Bioethics Summer [...]

By | October 9th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments