Bioethics @ TIU

Why Bioethics Matter

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by Courtney Thiele

I recently had a conversation with a mentor and friend, that encouraged me to contemplate on what it means as professional to be engaged in the issues of bioethics. So rather than address a particular issue or news item this week, I decided to share a few of my thoughts on why bioethics matter and why we should engage in these issues. First, bioethics matter… // Read More »

Fools Rushing In?

Posted March 1st, 2015 by Cody Chambers

Trevor Stammers is our guest blogger for today.  Dr. Stammers is the Programme Director for Bioethics and Medical Law at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham in London.  Prior to St. Mary’s, he practiced as a family physician for 27 years and was a senior tutor in General Practice at St George’s, University of London.  He is also the editor for the multidisciplinary journal The New Bioethics.  Thanks… // Read More »

Informed Consent for Egg Donation

Posted February 28th, 2015 by Sarah Sawicki

This week in my small group/Bible study, one of my friends (who is a college professor at a major public university) was talking about her students. She mentioned that one of her students would be missing some class because she’s donating an egg. I could feel the tension mounting in my body as I thought about this student.

Collating Some Resources about 3-Parent IVF

Posted February 27th, 2015 by Jon Holmlund

With the recent news that Great Britain will indeed forge ahead with the use of nuclear transfer techniques to create “3-parent babies,” in an effort to interdict maternally-inherited mitochondrial disease, and in light of Courtney Thiele’s February 9 post on this blog (with the associated discussion), I thought it might be useful to take a moment and pull together some links to past discussions on… // Read More »

Speaking about dignity

Posted February 24th, 2015 by Tom Garigan

Several years ago, while on the verge of delivering the baby of a seventeen year old, I was taken aback by the number of friends that she had asked to accompany her at the event…an event formerly considered far more private than one in which fifteen or so friends might attend (it was a large delivery room). And speaking of private, the wording and location… // Read More »

Printing Resources & Prosthetic Hands

Posted February 23rd, 2015 by Courtney Thiele

When discussing issues of technological development, specifically for use in the field of medicine, one aspect of bioethical consideration includes the determining the allocation of this new resource. In many (not all) situations, the allocation can be driven by cost: those who can afford the resource get it, while those who cannot afford it do not. While this does not completely seem out of line… // Read More »

Bodies as Property vs. Bodies as Gift

Posted February 21st, 2015 by Sarah Abbey

This past week I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Daniel Sulmasy speak on the topic of bioethics in public policy, sharing in part about his experience with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Problems. In the process of sharing, he made the striking statement that people do not own their genomes. This was later unpacked in the Q&A time where he emphasized… // Read More »

Thank you for treating me like a person

Posted February 20th, 2015 by Joe Gibes

I went down with the resident to the emergency department to hear the patient’s story (aka “Take a history”) and perform a physical exam as part of the patient’s admission to the hospital. As we were getting ready to leave, the patient said, “Thank you for treating me like a person.” What does it say about our medical system when “treating someone like a person”… // Read More »

Non-Embryonic Stem Cells and Malaria Treatment

Posted February 16th, 2015 by Courtney Thiele

A recent study from MIT (available here) has found that stem cells developed from blood and skin samples can be manufactured into liver like cells. The implications of this are exciting on two different levels: 1) this is another success for ethically derived stem cells; 2) this study is being used to develop treatment for malaria – a disease that has a lifelong impact on those it… // Read More »

Autonomy and Autism

Posted February 14th, 2015 by Sarah Sawicki

In 2000, the United States declared that the measles virus had been eradicated. Yet, within the first week of 2015, there were approximately 121 cases reported in 17 different states. This trend is closely linked to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. Anti-vaxxers have many reasons for choosing not to vaccinate their children, especially the high prices of vaccines and the potential health and safety hazards for… // Read More »