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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.


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.

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.



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




Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine study paused due to unexplained illness in participant

October 12, 2020


The study of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine has been paused due to an unexplained illness in a study participant.



Read the article here

Do the pregnancy and live birth rates using frozen embryos improve or reduces that of fresh embryos?

October 13, 2020

(Bioethics Observatory)

Since the advent of in vitro fertilization (IVF)  in 1978, fresh embryos have generally been used in the procedure. However, their use has the immediacy with which the clinic must act. As a result, in the last decade, the use of frozen human embryos has been implemented. In view of this, the question that arises is whether the pregnancy and live birth rates using frozen embryos improve or reduces that of fresh embryos and their destruction.



Read the article here

To maintain trust and respectability, digital health companies must commit to the highest standards

October 7, 2020


The digital health gold rush is on. Teledoc’s $18.5 billion acquisition of Livongo reflects the valuation and consumer demand for virtual care. The capital, talent, utilization — and, let’s face it, speculation — driving the boom are creating a historic opportunity to reimagine how health care works and who it works for.



Read the article 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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