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STAT News, 10/12/17

--An anarchist takes on the drug industry – by teaching patients to make their own meds

Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this article about a do-it-yourself pharmaceuticals movement that teaches patients to make their own medicines.

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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.

Ways to Give Gifts

A gift may be made in the form of a check, securities, a bequest, or a complex trust arrangement designed to maximize tax advantages. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University.

For financial donations, please contact the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics at

27th Annual Jonathan J. King Lectureship

James A. Tulsky, MD

Topic: Communication in Serious Illness: Getting to Yes

October 24, 2017, 5:30pm
Li Ka Shing: Berg Hall  A&B

Employment Opportunities


The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) announces a post-doctoral research position.

This position is available as part of the Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research and at the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE). Candidates from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Principal Investigator and Program Director:
  Mildred Cho, PhD

Funding source: NIH National Human Genome Research Institute

Appointment:  One year, renewable for up to three years

Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or MD, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for funding.  We are seeking candidates with a background in social science, ethics, philosophy, history, health services research, public policy or other related disciplines.

Job description:  
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Application deadline:  August 1, 2017 for start date between August 1 and December 31, 2017