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Devoted to understanding and teaching the ethical, social and humanistic dimensions of illness and health care since 1977.

Dr. Laura Cabrera presents at 1st International Bioethics Congress

Center for Ethics Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera traveled to Mexico City earlier this month to give a keynote presentation at the 1st International Bioethics Congress: Knowledge, Law and New Technologies in Health. Dr. Cabrera’s presentation, “Neuroethical Aspects of Psychiatric … Continue reading

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Religious Coercion of Physicians: Whose Conscience Is It Anyway?

Neil Mahoney is 64 years old and has a terminal cancer with a predicted life expectancy of 4-16 months. He lives in Colorado, a state that approved an aid-in-dying law in 2016. His physician is Dr. Barbara Morris, 65, a geriatrician whom he has asked to provide him with the drugs needed to end his life. She has agreed to do just that. However, Dr. Morris works for the Centura Health Corporation, a Catholic-Adventist hospital system. Continue reading

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Center faculty published in ‘Brain Sciences’ on deep brain stimulation patient study

Center for Ethics Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera and Associate Professor Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake, along with Dr. Christos Sidiropoulos of the Department of Neurology & Ophthalmology, are co-authors of a new article in Brain Sciences. Their article “Perspectives on Deep … Continue reading

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Listen: Considering Consciousness in Neuroscience Research

What can neuroscience tell us about human consciousness, the developing brains of babies, or lab-grown brain-like tissue? How do we define “consciousness” when it is a complex, much-debated topic? Continue reading

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Bioethics for Breakfast: Our Sick Health Care System: What’s the Differential Diagnosis?

Laura Appel and Marti Lolli presented at the December 5th Bioethics for Breakfast event, offering perspectives and insight on the topic “Our Sick Health Care System: What’s the Differential Diagnosis?” Continue reading

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Listen: Social Determinants of Health in Medical Education

Episode 18 focuses on the topic of social determinants of health, or the social and environmental factors that influence our health and access to resources. How can social determinants of health be integrated effectively into medical education? Continue reading

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Article from Dr. Laura Cabrera in November ‘Bioethics’ issue

An article by Center Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera has been published in the November 2019 issue of Bioethics. The article, “A human rights approach to low data reporting in clinical trials of psychiatric deep brain stimulation,” advocates for “the … Continue reading

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