The blog of the 2009 – 2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

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Ethical Challenges Facing New Neuroscience Technologies

Today’s meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) discussed the bioethical issues related to current and new neuroscience-related technologies, as part of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative review requested of the Bioethics Commission by President Obama in April. During the meeting, the Commission Members […]

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Can the BRAIN Initiative “Better understand who we are?”

“All of us are interested in the brain because it’s the physical organ of the mind,” said David Chalmers, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at Australian National University in his […]

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At the Forefront of Neuroscience Technology

At today’s meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission), Commission members turned their attention to neuroscience and related bioethical issues. As part of the new BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative announced in April, President Obama has asked the Bioethics Commission to play a critical role […]

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Live From Philadelphia, P.A.

Welcome to the live blog for the fourteenth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is concluding its two day meeting in Philadelphia, P.A. today, August 20th, from 9am to 1pm EDT. Today, the Bioethics Commission will turn its attention to neuroscience and related […]

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Discussion Highlights from the Ethics of Incidental Findings

In a series of deliberations, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) today addressed how incidental findings should be handled in the context of research, the clinic, and direct-to-consumer testing. What are the responsibilities of clinicians and researchers in seeking out and reporting incidental findings to patients? What are the […]

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Some Key Questions on the Ethics of Incidental Findings

In a series of member discussions, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) today wrapped up its discussion of how incidental findings should be handled in the context of research, the clinic, and direct-to-consumer testing. During the discussion, several key bioethical questions arose that spoke to patient autonomy and the […]

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Philly Public Radio Highlights Commission Meeting

Philadelphia’s public radio station, WHYY-FM, spotlighted today’s meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) in Philadelphia, P.A. In the piece, the Executive Director of the Bioethics Commission, Lisa M. Lee, Ph.D, M.S., discusses the potential bioethical issues associated with neuroscience research. At this meeting, the Bioethics Commission will […]

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Defining Incidental Findings in an Ethical Context

During today’s meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission), Erik Parens, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, addressed the Bioethics Commission about the potential bioethical issues arising from whole genome sequencing, and how to define incidental findings–findings that are outside the aim of a particular test–in […]

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Live From Philadelphia, P.A.

Welcome to the live blog for the fourteenth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is meeting in Philadelphia, P.A. today, August 19th, from 9am to 5pm, EDT, and tomorrow, August 20th, from 9am to 1pm EDT. At this meeting the Bioethics Commission will […]

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Neuroscience: Past Bioethics Commission Discussions

On July 1, 2013, President Obama requested that the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) review the ethical considerations of neuroscience research and its application as part of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. Neuroscience and related ethical issues has been a topic that the Bioethics Commission […]

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This is a space for the members and staff of the 2009 -2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to communicate with the public about the work of the commission and to discuss important issues in bioethics.

As of January 15th, 2017 this blog will no longer be updated but continues to be available as an archive of the work of the 2009-2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

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