In the News


Scientific American, 08/01/16
--Naturally occurring high testosterone shouldn't keep female athletes out of competition
This editorial argues how it is unscientific and unfair to bar female athletes with elevated testosterone from competition. Katrina Karkazis, a senior research scholar in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted here.

New York Times, 08/18/16
--Understanding the controversy over Caster Semenya
Katrina Karkazis, a senior research scholar in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this article about the debate surrounding athletes with elevated testosterone levels.

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 650-723-5760.


Upcoming Events

26th Annual Jonathan King Lecture
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
5:30 - 6:30pm

Robert M. Arnold, MD
Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine,
Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law

Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC)
Berg Hall B & C (LK 240 & 250)


Free Admission and Open to the Public
650-723-8628 or
There will be video capture to upload following event.

Biomedical Ethics Brown Bags

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12pm

Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD
T32 Research Fellow
Division of Geriatrics
University of California, San Francisco
Topic TBA

Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
Conference Room
1215 Welch Road, Modular A
Stanford, CA  94305-5417