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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.

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Advance Directives and Dementia Care

April 25, 2023 (LMU)

Over the last decade, there have been several controversial cases involving the authority of advance directives for persons with dementia, relating to voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) and euthanasia. At play are fundamental questions of who are and how we can respect human dignity. These cases highlight the need for a greater discussion surrounding care for persons with dementia, as we face an aging population.

To read more, click here

Rethinking Social Solidarity in a Global Context: Bioethics and Human Rights

March 21, 2023 (LMU)

On Tuesday March 21, esteemed bioethicist and international scholar, Dr. Henk ten Have gave a lecture to students, faculty, and the LMU community on social solidarity, vulnerability, and human rights in a global context. Following the lecture, he, along with Professor Roberto Dell'Oro, answered questions from the audience.

To read more about the lecture, click here.

Professor Roberto Dell'Oro appointed as Ordinary Member of Pontifical Academy for Life, Meets Pope Francis 

February 2, 2023 (LMU)

In February, Dr. Dell'Oro had the honor of meeting with the Pope following his appointment as an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. 

To read more, click here.




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.

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The man who turned his dead father into a chatbot

May 16, 2024

(BBC News)

Back in 2016, James Vlahos received some terrible news - his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

"I loved my dad, I was losing my dad," says James, who is based in Oakland, California. 

He was determined to make the most of the remaining time he had with his father. "I did an oral history project with him, where I just spent hours, and hours, and hours just audio recording his life story."

This coincided with a time when James was starting to explore a career in AI, so his project soon evolved.

Read the article here

Survey finds 8,000 women a month got abortion pills despite their states’ bans or restrictions

May 14, 2024

(AP News)

Thousands of women in states with abortion bans and restrictions are receiving abortion pills in the mail from states that have laws protecting prescribers, a new report shows. Tuesday’s release of the #WeCount survey shows about 8,000 women a month in states that severely restrict abortion or place limits on having one through telehealth were getting the pills by mail by the end of 2023, the first time a number has been put on how often the medical system workaround is being used.

Read the article here.

Will AI replace doctors who read X-rays, or just make them better than ever

May 14, 2024

(AP News)

How good would an algorithm have to be to take over your job?

It’s a new question for many workers amid the rise of ChatGPT and other AI programs that can hold conversations, write stories and even generate songs and images within seconds.

For doctors who review scans to spot cancer and other diseases, however, AI has loomed for about a decade as more algorithms promise to improve accuracy, speed up work and, in some cases, take over entire parts of the job.

Read the article here. 

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