In the News


Scope, 11/15/18

--In the Spotlight: At the intersection of tech, health and ethics

This In the Spotlight features Nicole Martinez-Martin, a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical ethics, who is investigating industry standards for digital phenotyping, or using information from smartphones or other devices to make health assessments. 


New York Times, 11/12/18

--Something happened to U.S. drug costs in the 1990s

Michelle Mello, professor of law and of health research and policy, is quoted in this piece on U.S. prescription drug spending.


Scope, 11/01/18

--Understanding AFib: Drugs and procedures to help restore a normal rhythm

In the latest installment in the series Understanding AFib, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, explains how medications, procedures and pacemakers can be used for atrial fibrillation.

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Advance Health Care Information

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

Upcoming events

SCBE Brown Bag

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Noon
Barbara Koenig, PhD
Professor of Medical Anthropology and Bioethics Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Health and Aging, UCSF
Topic: TBA

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Medicine & the Muse Program

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