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a resource of the Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University


The Bioethics Hub is a resource for healthcare providers, bioethicists, scholars, and students in Southern California and beyond. There are academic articles, interviews with bioethicists, links to ethics-related news items, and local bioethics events.

This site is managed by the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University.


2020 Spring Lecture: The Ethics of Germline Modification

February 11, 2020 (LMU)

The Bioethics Institute held the: "The Ethics of Germline Modification" lecture on February 11th, 2020.

The event consisted of three 20-minute lectures about the cutting edge of genetics set the stage for moderated audience discussion. Speakers were; Bioethicist Roberto Dell'Oro, Health law attorney Jennifer Gumer and Legal expert Cesare Romano.

To read more and watch the lecture, click here.

2019 O'Malley Chair Lecture

Fall 2019 (LMU)

On October 16, 2019, the LMU Bioethics Institute hosted its annual O'Malley Chair lecture. This fall the Bioethics Institute has proudly hosted Professor Mary Jo Iozzio as the visiting O'Malley chair professor. Her lecture titled, "Radical Bioethics: Disability, Difference, and Desiderata", was intriguing, thought-provoking and innovative. 

To read more about the lecture and to watch it in its entirety, click here.

2019 Graduate Symposium 

November 4 and 5, 2019

On November 4th and 5th, the Bioethics Institute hosted their second-year students for the annual Graduate Symposium.

To read the student's papers, and see more about the event click here.


This section features interviews with and narratives of Southern California bioethicists as well as students and faculty of the LMU Bioethics Institute. 




How Much Should the Public Know About Who Has the Coronavirus?

March 28, 2020

(New York Times)

When the first case of the coronavirus in Silicon Valley was discovered in late January, health officials were faced with a barrage of questions: What city did the patient live in? Whom had he come in contact with? Which health clinic had he visited before he knew he was infected?

Dr. Sara Cody, the chief health officer for Santa Clara County, which has a population of two million across 15 cities, declined to give details.

Read the article here

The Medical Ethics of the Coronavirus Crisis

March 11, 2020

(The New Yorker)

As the number of cases rises, we will soon face decisions on limiting movement and, potentially, rationing supplies and hospital space. These issues will be decided at the highest level by politicians, but they are often influenced by medical ethicists, who advise governments and other institutions about the way to handle medical emergencies.

One of those ethicists, Christine Mitchell, the executive director at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. Mitchell, who has master’s degrees in nursing and philosophical and religious ethics, has been a clinical ethicist for thirty years. 


Read the interview here

Research in the Time of Coronavirus: Keep it Ethical

March 2, 2020


The sudden outbreak of Covid-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus, is proving to the world every day the important role research plays in the response to global health emergencies. Rapid research has made it possible to sequence the genome of the new pathogen and to at least initially, map its transmission and patterns of illness and death

Read here.



Below you will find bioethics events and opportunities. 

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To learn more about the LMU Bioethics Institute click below.  

LMU Bioethics Institute

Loyola Marymount University Suite 4500

1 LMU Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90045


Tel: 310-258-5417

If you have a bioethics-related event or opportunity you would like featured in our calendar, contact the Bioethics Institute Graduate Assistant, at BioethicsGA@lmu.edu, with relevant information.

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