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Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Incidental Findings Report is Timely

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) recently released Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. This report is the first report released by a national bioethics commission on return of results in over ten years. In 1999 the National Bioethics […]

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Incidental Findings Case Studies

Incidental findings can be life changing, for better or for worse. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics Issues (Bioethics Commission) recently published a report entitled Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. Many people might not understand how an incidental finding could affect […]

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Discussion Highlights on Ethical Issues Related to Neuroscience

In a roundtable discussion that ended today’s meeting, Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., President of the University of Pennsylvania and the Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission), emphasized that “we have two big buckets here, one is the ethics of neuroscience research, and the other is the potential applications and […]

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Neuroscience: What’s Going On Around the Globe?

At today’s meeting examining the ethical issues surrounding neuroscience research and neuroscientific advances, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) turned its attention to neuroscience and bioethical initiatives taking place around the world. Nikolas Rose, Ph.D. is a member of the European Union’s Human Brain Project’s Social and Ethical Division Steering […]

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How Some Private Sector Representatives Address Ethical Issues

The second session in today’s meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) brought together representatives from the private sector to discuss how they identify and address ethical issues in neuroscience research.  The question before the panel: ‘How does your institute currently address ethical issues related to neuroscience research?’ Terrence […]

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Integrating Ethics and Neuroscience Through Education

Today’s meeting of The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) began with a session on how ethics are integrated into science education in general, and into neuroscience education in particular. The Commission members heard first from Mildred Z. Solomon, Ed.D. President of the Hastings Center. Dr. Solomon emphasized that scientists are […]

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Beyond BRAIN: Bioethics Commission to Look Broadly at Ethical Issues in Neuroscience

On July 1, 2013, President Obama requested that the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) review the ethical considerations of neuroscience research and its application. The impetus for this request was the launch of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Dr. Amy Gutmann, the President of the University […]

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Live from Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the live blog for the fifteenth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is meeting in Washington, D.C. today, December 18, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET. Today, the Bioethics Commission will continue its discussion of neuroscience and related ethical issues. […]

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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 […]

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Introducing “Anticipate and Communicate”

We all need to know how to better manage health information that we did not expect. Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released its report Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. Commission Chair Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., discussed the […]

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