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

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The “Brains” Behind the Bioethics Commission and Why a Multidisciplinary Approach is the Smartest Approach

Last month the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) was excited to take part in the first-ever White House BRAIN Conference. As a part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, President Obama asked the Bioethics Commission to review the ethical issues associated with neuroscience research. In May, […]

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Multidisciplinary Members and Staff Reflect the Unique Field of Bioethics

At first glance legal scholars, doctors, philosophers, scientists, and engineers may not appear to have much in common; however, members of these professions make up the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). For the past four years, since its first public meeting on July 8, 2010, the Bioethics Commission has been […]

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Bioethics Commission Videos Highlight Members and Their Work

One of the most important functions of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) is to work transparently as it deliberates the difficult issues before it. Another important function of the Bioethics Commission is to help educate the nation about bioethics. As a part of this effort the Bioethics Commission has […]

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Member Spotlight: Amy Gutmann

The Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission), Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., is the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania.  She leads Penn’s 12 schools and its Health System, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, overseeing a $6.4 billion annual budget.  This includes more than 21,000 full-time […]

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Member Spotlight: Barbara Atkinson

President Obama appointed Barbara Atkinson, M.D., to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) in April 2010. Atkinson is Executive Vice Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She was elected to […]

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Member Spotlight: Nita Farahany

Nita Farahany, J.D., Ph.D. wrote in her high school “last will and testament” that she aspired to be both a lawyer and a doctor one day. Farahany achieved that goal, and then some. In April 2010 President Obama appointed her to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission). She is […]

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Member Spotlight: Raju Kucherlapati

“Growing up, I thought of the United States as a shining beacon of hope. I came here as a nobody, but this country has given me so much,” Raju Kucherlapati, Ph.D., said. President Obama appointed Kucherlapati to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) in April 2010 because of Kucherlapti’s […]

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Member Spotlight: Stephen Hauser

Stephen Hauser, M.D. was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) in April 2010. Hauser is the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. A neuroimmunologist, Hauser’s research has advanced our understanding of the […]

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Member Spotlight: James Wagner

President Obama appointed the nineteenth President of Emory University, James W. Wagner, Ph.D., to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) in November 2009. Wagner serves as Vice Chair on the Bioethics Commission. Wagner holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in clinical engineering and a Ph.D. in […]

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Member Spotlight: Nelson Michael

As a long-time HIV vaccine scientist for the United States Military, Col. Nelson Michael M.D., Ph.D. didn’t find bioethics—bioethics found him.  Originally trained in internal medicine and molecular biology, Michael entered the U.S. Army in 1989 and became the director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program in 2006, where he oversaw clinical trials including […]

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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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