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June 2016 Newsletter

Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is dedicated to fostering public awareness and understanding of bioethical issues, and to exploring solutions to bioethical challenges. Through its events and activities, which include annual summer schools on global bioethics, GBI seeks to keep the international community, policy decision-makers, the media, and the general public aware of important bioethical issues [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:13+00:00July 5th, 2016|News-Letters|1 Comment

Once-Celebrated Surgeon Investigated for Manslaughter

By Genevieve Lewis Once a world renowned and celebrated surgeon, Dr. Paolo Macchiarini (MD, PhD), is being investigated by Swedish prosecutors for the manslaughter of two patients, and two possible counts of causing bodily harm. Dr. Macchiarini became high-demand when he performed the first airway transplant with a team in Barcelona, Spain in 2008 using [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:18+00:00July 5th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Orlando Massacre Signals a Public Health Crisis

By Genevieve Lewis On June 12th, the worst mass shooting in American history occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring another 53. In light of this recent tragedy, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared gun violence a “public health crisis.” The president of the AMA, Dr. Steven J. [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:21+00:00June 29th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Supreme Court’s Texas Decision is the Greatest Victory for Abortion Rights Since Roe vs. Wade

By Conor Bryant In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Texas Law HB2 was unconstitutional and “places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion,” and that it “constitutes an undue burden on abortion access.” Texas Law’s House Bill 2 (HB2) requires abortion providers meet the same [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:30+00:00June 27th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Scholarship competition for Dubrovnik International Bioethics Summer School (DIBSS), 2016

We encourage interested participants to compete for a scholarship to the Dubrovnik International Summer School (DIBSS) in Croatia to study bioethics this summer! The Dubrovnik International Bioethics Summer School in Croatia is offering partial scholarships to learn more about bioethical problems in the context of emerging global society over the summer. COMPETE NOW [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:34+00:00June 24th, 2016|News-Articles|10 Comments

China Still Harvesting Organs from Prisoners at a Massive Scale

By Conor Bryant A new report claims that China is still engaged in the widespread and systematic harvesting of organs from prisoners, and says that people whose views conflict with the ruling Chinese Communist Party are being murdered for their organs. Former Canadian lawmaker David Kilgour, human rights lawyer David Matas, and journalist Ethan Gutmann [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:42+00:00June 24th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Physio games: how rehab is coming to a screen near you

By Aidan Appleby Cosmin Mihaiu, a 26-year-old Romanian, co-founded Mira Rehab, which aims to make physiotherapy less monotonous for patients. Mihaiu claims that physical therapists have tried to use the Nintendo Wii with their patients, but that this system was designed for healthy people. Mihaiu is building on that concept, and designing video games that [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:52+00:00June 20th, 2016|News-Articles|2 Comments

When stars seek medical care, risk of ‘VIP Syndrome’ looms

By Aidan Appleby It is no secret that celebrities receive special treatment, even in the field of medicine. What is less known, however, is that this special treatment can often lead to a lower quality of care. This debate has been thrust into the spotlight in recent years, as music legends Michael Jackson and, more [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:57+00:00June 17th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Three-person babies IVF technique is ‘safe’

By Acacia Sheppard Imagine having three parents, all genetically responsible for your existence. This phenomenon has been a reality in the UK since October 2015 and allows women with serious genetic disorders to have healthy babies. In a normal pregnancy, mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to child -  it’s completely maternal. This puts women [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:47:03+00:00June 13th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Berkeley doctor opens right-to-die practice in California

By Jack Beaumont Since the End of Life Option Act was put into place in the state of California on June 9, 2016, Dr. Lonny Shavelson has opened the first ever legal right-to-die practice in the state. This act, which authorizes adults who meet certain qualifications and have been determined by their physicians to be [...]

By |2020-04-09T23:46:47+00:00June 22nd, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment