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Amnesia and Other Side Effects of Epidemics

If there is one medical condition that commonly occurs at the culmination of many infectious disease epidemics it is “amnesia.” That was the message from Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. He looked to previous fights against infectious diseases over the […]

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Experiencing Ebola: First-Person Perspectives from the Diaspora and Health Care Workers

Among the many unfortunate outcomes of the recent Ebola outbreak is how public reaction played out in the affected communities, both in the countries themselves and also in the western African diaspora in the U.S. As the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) continued its review of U.S. engagement in the […]

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Learning the Lessons from Ebola to Inform Future Fights

As part of its review of  U.S. engagement in the global response to the current Ebola epidemic, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) sought insights from a panel of experts with decades of experience on the front lines of fighting infectious diseases. Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the National School […]

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In Rush to Develop Ebola Therapies, a Debate Over Placebo Control

This morning the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) resumed consideration of U.S. engagement in the global response to the current Ebola epidemic by examining ethical issues that arise when conducting research during a public health emergency. As experts move to accelerate development of drugs and vaccines against Ebola, a debate […]

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Bioethics Commission Sharpens Focus on Ebola Challenges

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) is conducting an in-depth review of U.S. engagement in the global response to the current Ebola epidemic. In her opening remarks, Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., chair of the Bioethics Commission, noted that the panel is seeking insights into three critical issues: the ethics of placebo-control trials […]

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Bioethics Commission, Live from Washington, D.C.

We are live and blogging in Washington D.C. for the 20th public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is meeting today, February 5, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, and tomorrow, February 6, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ET. At this meeting, the […]

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Presidential Bioethics Commission 101

The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research was formed by Congress and charged with identifying fundamental principles for research involving human volunteers. It completed its work and was ended in 1979. That commission is recognized as the first contemporary U.S. bioethics commission and since its formation, bioethics has […]

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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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What’s Next for the Bioethics Commission?

As part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative announced in April 2013, President Obama charged the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) to review the ethical issues associated with the conduct and implications of neuroscience research. Specifically the President asked the Bioethics Commission to “identify proactively a […]

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How the Bioethics Commission Works and the Importance of Public Input

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has just released its fourth video where Commission Members reflect on the question, “How does the Bioethics Commission work?”  In the short piece, Members discuss how and why the Commission engages in public bioethics as it addresses and responds to requests made by President Obama […]

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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.

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