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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.




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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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.



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




Six months of COVID vaccines: what 1.7 billion doses have taught scientists

June 4, 2021


It’s absolutely astonishing that this has happened in such a short time — to me, it’s equivalent to putting a person on the Moon,” says pediatric infectious-disease specialist Cody Meissner at Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. “This is going to change vaccinology forever.”

Read the article here

China allows couples to have three children as birthrate falls

May 31, 2021

(Medical Express)

China will allow couples to have three children after a census showed its population is rapidly ageing, state media said Monday, further unwinding four decades of strict family planning controls in the world's most populous nation which have strangled the birthrate.

Read the article here

Scientists say they've figured out why AstraZeneca and J&J's vaccines can cause rare, unusual blood clots

May 28, 2021

(Business Insider)

German scientists say they've figured out why some Covid-19 vaccines cause unusual blood clots in rare cases.

The team of scientists from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, said on Wednesday that the delivery mechanism for AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson's vaccines was responsible for causing blood clots after immunization.

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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