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THE BIOETHICS HUB

a resource of the Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University

AT THE BIOETHICS INSTITUTE

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.

 
 

Brain-Computer

Interface

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.

Click here to view webpage.

Alumni Spotlight Update:

Jared Howes

April 6, 2021 

Jared Howes graduated with an M.A. in Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University in 2019. He is currently a doctoral student at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at KU Leuven in Belgium. His research focuses on the ethics of electronic tracking devices in dementia care. 

Click here to read further about Jared's travels, academic goals, and thoughts regarding post-LMU life. 

Medical Apartheid Goes Viral: African Americans, Historical Bioethics and the Coronavirus

March 15, 2021 (LMU)

Featuring Dr. Harriet Washington, Award-winning Author & Ethicist  After portraying the historical roots of racial mistreatment in the US medical-research arena, Dr. Washington will discuss contemporary challenges to ethical healthcare, including the dissemination of vaccines and the elision of informed consent through the lens of the coronavirus-19 pandemic. 

Read more here.

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SPOTLIGHT

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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NATIONAL AND GLOBAL BIOETHICS NEWS, SCHOLARSHIP, AND ISSUES 

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY
OF VALENCIA

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.

BIOETHICS IN ACADEMIC LITERATURE

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

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The U.S. Will Require Would-Be Immigrants To Prove They've Been Vaccinated For COVID

September 15, 2021

(NPR)

People applying to immigrate to the U.S. will have to show they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of a required medical exam, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says. The new policy takes effect on Oct. 1.

Read the article here

The tangled history of mRNA vaccines

September 14, 2021

(Nature)

COVID-19 vaccines made from messenger RNA use lipid nanoparticles - bubbles of fats - to carry the molecules into cells. The mRNA contains the code for cells to produce the 'spike' protein that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 uses to enter cells. 

Read the article here

Tech Companies Wade Into Abortion Politics in Texas

September 9, 2021

(Wired)

The day after the US Supreme Court decided not to block a law in Texas banning most abortions after six weeks, Dallas-based Match Group, which owns Tinder, OkCupid, and Hinge, sent a memo to its employees. “The company generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business,” CEO Shar Dubey wrote. “But in this instance, I personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent.” 

Read the article here

 

CALENDAR

Below you will find bioethics events and opportunities. 

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