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a resource of the Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University


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Professor Roberto Dell'Oro
begins his appointment as
the Ann and Austin O'Malley Chair in Bioethics


Wave After Wave: Bioethics and Distress in the Pandemic Hospital Setting

November 4, 2021 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold harm, suffering, and distress across the world. These three bioethicists worked in hospitals during the pandemic, supporting clinical teams, performing ethics consultations, or practicing medicine. The panelists will reflect on their experiences of the first, second, third, and fourth “waves” of patients suffering the effects of COVID infection. Although the stories change and evolve, one constant has remained: distress experienced by patients, family members, and hospital workers.


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Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics Co-edited by Dr. Gigi McMillan

October 11, 2021 


The most recent issue of the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (NIB) is titled: “Research on COVID-19: Stories from IRB Members, Research Administrators and Investigators.” This edition documents the stories and challenges faced by investigators and administrators as they tried to carry out existing research studies and launch new ones that searched for COVID-19 therapies. For more information about Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, see www.nibjournal.org.


To see a Hastings Center blog post about the issue, click here.



April 16, 2021 

Technological advancements have brought us the possibility of merging the brain with the virtual world. As new ethical dilemmas arise, we must assess the possibilities and consequences we may face on societal and individual grounds. Flavius Rusu, a first-year Graduate Student at Loyola Marymount University approaches the topic of brain-computer interface and its potential benefits and risks.

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

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The Observatory  is a monthly collection of special reports and news based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the top medical and scientific journals.


The Johns Hopkins weekly roundup is a compilation of bioethical research in global academic literature.

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WHO warns that new virus variant poses ‘very high’ risk

October 29, 2021

(AP News)


The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.”

The assessment from the U.N. health agency, contained in a technical paper issued to member states, amounted to WHO’s strongest, most explicit warning yet about the new version that was first identified days ago by researchers in South Africa.

Read the article here

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight

October 28, 2021

(AP News)

Both sides are telling the Supreme Court there’s no middle ground in Wednesday’s showdown over abortion. The justices can either reaffirm the constitutional right to an abortion or wipe it away altogether.

Read the article here

'It's scary': Overdose deaths driven by fentanyl mixed with other drugs

November 27, 2021


The spike of drug overdose deaths this year and last year has many drug abuse and addiction researchers, doctors and health officials worried about a growing trend among overdose victims that appears to indicate a new and different wave of the opioid epidemic. 

Read the article here



Below you will find bioethics events and opportunities. 

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