Aid-in-Dying Laws and the Physician’s Duty to Inform

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Why do so many people assume that any clinical communication about aid-in-dying (AID, also known as assisted suicide), where it is legal, ought to be patient-initiated? Physician participants in my ongoing study tend to assume that physicians should wait for … Continued

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Anne Lyerly Zika Panel on Radio In Vivo

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A Special Edition of Radio In Vivo, featuring “Unraveling Zika,” a panel discussion held November 29, 2016 at the UNC School of Medicine. Learn what we know and don’t know at this point about the Zika virus. The panel was … Continued

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C:B Faculty “Cover” the Literature in 2016!

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C:B faculty published 40 articles in 2016, which is great, but only to be expected of a group like this. What was unusual was the run of lead articles by our faculty that were illustrated in the cover art of … Continued

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Jill Fisher Quoted in Inverse

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C:B core faculty, Jill Fisher, is quoted in Inverse article, How To Side Hustle as a Lab Rat for Science.  Jill’s HealthyVOICES research project focuses on healthy volunteers in clinical trials. Inverse contacted her to comment on the motivations of healthy volunteers.

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Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers – Which Results to Return

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Gabriel Lázaro-Muñozm, John M. Conley, Arlene M. Davis, Anya E. R. Prince. R. Jean Cadigan. 2017 February 1. Which Results to Return: Subjective Judgments in Selecting Medically Actionable Genes. Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers. Read more

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Re-Engaging Ethics: Ethical Issues in Engaged Research

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Project Description Re-Engaging Ethics is a project that is funded by the Greenwall Foundation. The purpose of this project is to create and disseminate recommendations for the review and conduct of community-engaged research, by engaging a diverse set of stakeholders … Continued

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HIV Cure Research Day Proclaimed

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The Durham County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed December 14 as HIV Cure Research Day! Dr. Allison Mathews, founder and director of the 2BeatHIV research project at UNC, shared that “HIV Cure Research Day marks the one year anniversary of … Continued

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No More Militaristic and Violent Language in Medicine

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Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Healing Without Waging War: Beyond Military Metaphors in Medicine and HIV Cure Research” Jing-Bao Nie, Stuart Rennie, Adam Gilbertson, Joseph D. Tucker. American Journal of Bioethics. In early August 2016, when we began to … Continued

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Review of Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice

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Daniel Goldberg reviews Mara Buchbinder, Michele Rivkin-Fish, and Rebecca Walker’s new book. Inequality is core to virtually any Western conception of health justice. There is robust debate over which inequalities, if any, are unethical and over priority-setting among inequalities. Understanding … Continued

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Healing Without Waging War

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Beyond Military Metaphors in Medicine and HIV Cure Research Jing-Bao Nie, Adam Gilbertson, Malcolm de Roubaix, Ciara Staunton, Anton van Niekerk, Joseph D. Tucker, Stuart Rennie Published 2016 October 17 in The American Journal of Bioethics Military metaphors are pervasive … Continued

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Health & Humanities Exchange Conference

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A Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health, Disability, and Healthcare November 11-12, 2016 Hyde Hall, Institute for Arts & Humanities     The Health and Humanities Exchange (HHEX) will give recognition to the wealth of cross-disciplinary research and education initiatives … Continued

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Mara Buchbinder to speak at Pediatric Bioethics Conference

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Center for Bioethics faculty Mara Buchbinder will present “Truth-Telling in the “Metaphor Clinic”: Language, Ethics, and Pediatric Pain” at the 9th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference in Jacksonville Florida on November 4th. More information

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From “Personalized” to “Precision” Medicine

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The Ethical and Social Implications of Rhetorical Reform in Genomic Medicine Eric Juengst, Michelle L. McGowan, Jennifer R. Fishman, Richard A. Settersten Jr. Published September 2016 in The Hastings Center Report Since the late 1980s, the human genetics and genomics … Continued

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The Ethics of Organ Donor Registration Policies

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Nudges and Respect for Autonomy Douglas MacKay Published 2016 October 17 in The American Journal of Bioethics Governments must determine the legal procedures by which their residents are registered, or can register, as organ donors. Provided that governments recognize that … Continued

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Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice

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New Conversations across the Disciplines Edited by Mara Buchbinder, Michele Rivkin-Fish, and Rebecca Walker. Available November 2016. Amid ongoing debate about health care reform, the need for informed analyses of health policy is greater than ever. The twelve original essays … Continued

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2016 Merrimon Lecture: Striking the Balance

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“Striking the Balance: Patient Care, Activism, and Public Service in the Health Professions.” The UNC Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce that Dr. Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, will be delivering this year’s Merrimon Lecture on September 20th from 12:00 … Continued

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Risk and Emotion Among Healthy Volunteers in Clinical Trials

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Marci Cottingham Jill Fisher Published 2016 July 29 in Social Psychology Quarterly (before print) Theorized as objective or constructed, risk is recognized as unequally distributed across social hierarchies. Yet the process by which social forces shape risk and risk emotions … Continued

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Dr. Stuart Rennie is now part of the Re-Engaging Ethics Team

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Dr. Stuart Rennie, Associate Professor, UNC Social Medicine, is the ethics consultant for Re-engaging Ethics: Ethical Issues in Engaged Research. The project was awarded by the Greenwall Foundation, and aims to create guidelines to support ethical engagement in community engaged … Continued

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Fair subject selection in clinical research

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Fair subject selection in clinical research: formal equality of opportunity Douglas MacKay Published 2016 July in The Journal of Medical Ethics. In this paper, I explore the ethics of subject selection in the context of biomedical research. I reject a … Continued

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Beyond Primates: Research Protections and Animal Moral Value

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Beyond Primates: Research Protections and Animal Moral Value Rebecca L. Walker Published 2016 July in The Hastings Center Report. Should monkeys be used in painful and often deadly infectious disease research that may save many human lives? This is the … Continued

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Citizen science or scientific citizenship?

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Citizen science or scientific citizenship? Disentangling the uses of public engagement rhetoric in national research initiatives J. Patrick Woolley, Michelle L. McGowan, Harriet J. A. Teare, Victoria Coathup, Jennifer R. Fishman, Richard A. Settersten Jr., Sigrid Sterckx, Jane Kaye & … Continued

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Phronesis: Beyond the research ethics committee

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A crucial decision-making skill for health researchers during community research. Minrie Greeff and Stuart Rennie. Published 2016 May 26 in The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. Health researchers conducting research in the community are often faced with … Continued

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Reframing Conscientious Care: Q&A with Mara Buchbinder

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Mara Buchbinder, Ph.D. Published May 13th on The Hastings Center Bioethics Forum. “Much of the conversation about conscience in health care has focused on the ethics of physician refusal to perform procedures that they object to. However, this framework seems … Continued

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Zika highlights need for research on pregnant women

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Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Carleigh Krubiner, Ruth Faden. Op ed published April 2016 in The Baltimore Sun. The rapid spread of the Zika virus — and its now clear association with microcephaly in babies exposed prenatally — has put extraordinary pressure … Continued

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Susan Lederer

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The UNC Center for Bioethics and the Department of Social Medicine are hosting Dr. Susan E. Lederer this 2016 spring semester as the 2016 Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Professor at UNC and Duke University. Susan E. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor … Continued