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32nd Annual Jonathan J. King Lectureship featuring Dr. Louise Aronson

Elderhood: Reimaging Healthcare for an Aging Population

Tuesday, October 11th, 5:30pm Pacific Time

For more information, contact Maya Escudero (

SCBE In the News


Ethical Gaps in Autism Genetics: A Conversation with Holly Tabor

"Most autism genetics studies tout the possibility of more personalized treatments following a genetic diagnosis, but with such treatments not yet a reality, scientists need to reconsider their stated goals. . . How do we not have another 20 years of research that doesn’t significantly impact the lives of people with autism?"

Holly Tabor, Associate Director for Clinical Ethics and Education for SCBE and Co-Chair of the Ethics Committees at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, is interviewed. Read more here. 



What Happens When Computers Can Write like Humans?

"An increasing amount of written communication is being created by aritifical intelligence. A professor of communication discusses the implications."

Russ Altman, Kenneth Fong Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, Biomedical Data Science and (by courtsey, Computer Science), is quoted. Read more here.



Bringing Principles of Ethics of AI and Drug Design

"Over the years, researchers have used AI to analyze troves of biological data, scouring for differences between diseased and healthy cells and using the information to identify potential treatments. But with AI's potential in drug development comes a slew of ethical pitfalls -- including biases in computer algorithms and the philosophical question of using AI without human mediation."

Russ Altman, Kenneth Fong Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, Biomedical Data Science and (by courtsey, Computer Science), is quoted. Read more here. 



A Boston hospital is the latest to deny an organ transplant to a patient who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19

"A 31-year-old father lost his opportunity for a heart transplant because he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to CBS Boston."

Alyssa M. Burgart, MD - Clinical Associate Professor, explains  the importance of diseases occuring in patients that are looking to recieve transplants. Read more here.



The first pig-heart transplant patient was denied a human heart after failing to follow doctors' orders

"David Bennett Sr. became the first human to have the heart of a genetically modified pig transplanted into his body this month at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore."

Alyssa M. Burgart, MD - Clinical Associate Professor, provides her expertise on medical compliances on the determination of care. Read more here.


Q&A: New ethics and society review addresses ethical and societal impacts of proposed research

"Currently, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are the main form of ethical review for research done in the United States that involves human subjects. IRBs are groups designated to review and monitor research and ensure the rights and welfare of the people taking part in the study. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulations, IRBs have the authority to approve, deny, or require modifications to a research project, but their scope is limited to assessing the impact the of research on the individuals in the study. "

David C. Magnus, Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and Professor (Teaching) of Medicine, is quoted in this article.

Read more here.

Advanced Health Care Directive

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

The sample form is above 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.

Select "Centers, Institutes and More," then "Other Designation (specify below)" then type in "Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics."

Upcoming SCBE Seminar

"Black Feminism, Bioethics, and Carcerality: Exploring Informed Consent and Structural Violence to Understand Prisons as Eugenic Institutions"

Dr. Jennifer James, PhD

Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Time: 10am-11am PT

RSVP Here!