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Turning to the Kidney Black Market as a Last Resort

By: Ashwini Nagappan Many living-donor organ transplants involve kidneys because humans can survive with just one. Currently, many people around the world eagerly wait for a viable kidney. Unfortunately for some, the passive wait ends in death rather than a new organ. For those whose names are too far down on the organ transplant list, [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Human-Pig Chimeras: The Potential and Concerns Of Hybrid Human-Animal Organs

One of the great advances in modern medicine has been the success of organ transplantation. Whilst complications still arise from its use, the refinement of drugs designed to reduce organ rejection alongside other improvements, mean that the procedure is often lifesaving. As is frequently the case however, there is a caveat to this “wonder-cure”, namely, [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Stem Cell Therapy Has a Lot to Offer…It Just May Take Some Time to Get There

By: Ashwini Nagappan In conversation with the New York Times, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the director of Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application and researcher at the Gladstone Institutes, illuminates the complexities and future of stem-cell research. Yamanaka was jointly awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for reconfiguring adult cells [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

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