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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

Upcoming: November 4, 2021 

Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm PT

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. 




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.

U.S. surgeons successfully test pig kidney transplant in human patient

October 20, 2021


For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient's immune system, a potentially major advance that could eventually help alleviate a dire shortage of human organs for transplant.

Read the article here

Pediatricians say the mental health crisis among kids has become a national emergency

October 20, 2021


A coalition of the nation's leading experts in pediatric health has issued an urgent warning declaring the mental health crisis among children so dire that it has become a national emergency. The declaration was penned by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children's Hospital Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which together represent more than 77,000 physicians and 200 children's hospitals.

Read the article here

Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?

October 17, 2021

(The Guardian)

The first child born using the technique arrived last year. But can it really help reduce diseases in a new generation, or is it ‘techno-eugenics’?

Read the article here



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