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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.


Facing Disaster: COVID-19 and the Ethics of Pandemic

October 28, 2020 (LMU)

The Bioethics Institute held the: "Facing Disaster: COVID-19 and the Ethics of Pandemic" lecture on October 28th, 2020.

This webinar, hosted by Bioethicist Roberto Dell'Oro, approaches ethical consideration in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers include: Dr. Nicholas Brown, Dr. Joseph Raho, and Dr. Gianna McMillan

To read more and watch the lecture, click here.

COVID-19 impact of trauma and stress on medical professionals

March 30, 2020 (LMU)

Bioethics Institute Professor Thomas V. Cunningham spoke with LMU Magazine about the impact of trauma and stress from the virus on medical professionals and staff people.

To read more and listen to the podcast, click here.


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.



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




Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective, preliminary trial data show

November 9, 2020

(Science News)

The race to greenlight a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States has entered its final sprint, with one leading candidate becoming the first to release preliminary results showing its vaccine is more than 90 percent effective at preventing people from getting sick from the coronavirus.



Read the article here

Lab tests show risks of using CRISPR gene editing on embryos

October 29, 2020

(Associated Press)

A lab experiment aimed at fixing defective DNA in human embryos shows what can go wrong with this type of gene editing and why leading scientists say it’s too unsafe to try. In more than half of the cases, the editing caused unintended changes, such as loss of an entire chromosome or big chunks of it.



Read the article here

US study shows HIV infection increases the risk of dementia by 50 in older patients

October 25, 2020

(The Bioethics Observatory)

It is known that once HIV enters the brain early after acute infection, it can cause cognitive changes that persist after ART, and that some drugs used in the treatment of HIV have side effects. These patients also have a risk of cerebrovascular, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases, which can affect brain health 



Read the article here



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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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