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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.


The Bioethics Institute will be holding: "The Ethics of Germline Modification" lecture on February 11th, 2020 in the Life Sciences Auditorium at 7pm. 

The event will consist of three 20-minute lectures about the cutting edge of genetics set the stage for moderated audience discussion. Bioethcist Roberto Dell'Oro talks about the history of embryo experimentation; Health law attorney Jennifer Gumer speaks about the ethics of germline modification; Legal expert Cesare Romano discusses the international context of this controversial new technology. 


2019 O'Malley Chair Lecture

Fall 2019 (LMU)

On October 16, 2019, the LMU Bioethics Institute hosted its semi-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.

2019 Graduate Symposium 

November 4 and 5, 2019

On November 4th and 5th, the Bioethics Institute hosted their second-year students for the annual Graduate Symposium.

To read the student's papers, and see more about the event click here.

Robotics and AI, A Chance to Rediscover Humanity?

October 11, 2019 (Harvard)

On October 11, Director of the Bioethics Institute at LMU, Dr. Dell'Oro, presented at a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Life, in partnership with the World Youth Alliance, Abigail Adams Institute, and the Harvard Students for Life. The goal was to help young professionals and students the ability for deeper reflection about what it means to be human in the face of advances in robotics and artificial intelligence.

To read Dr, Dell'Oro's remarks click here.


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




'To Stop Now Would Be Foolish': Doubling Down On Services For High-Cost Patients

January 22, 2019


A highly publicized approach to lowering health costs failed to pass rigorous study this month, but hospitals, insurers and government health programs don't intend to give up on the idea. It just needs to be modified, they say.


Read here.

Trump Administration's Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research Unsettle Key Studies and Scientists

January 13, 2019


A recent Trump administration decision to limit funding of research that uses fetal tissue is already disrupting research into major diseases, including AIDS, Down syndrome and diabetes, scientists say.

The controversial federal funding rules, announced seven months ago, are reshaping scientists’ research paths and the grants they seek from the National Institutes of Health. 

Read here.

Hungary to Provide Free Fertility Treatment to Boost Population

January 10, 2019


Hungary will provide free in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to couples at state-run clinics, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced. He said fertility was of "strategic importance". Last month his government took over Hungary's fertility clinics.

Mr. Orban, a right-wing nationalist, has long advocated a "procreation over immigration" approach to deal with demographic decline.

Read here.



Below you will find bioethics events and opportunities. 




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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