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Dr. Amy McGuire’s TEDMED 2014 Presentation

Dr. Amy McGuire, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Center director Dr. Amy McGuire presented at the TEDMED 2014 “Unlocking Imagination” conference in San Francisco on Sept. 10. Dr. McGuire presented in a session entitled “We Just Don’t Know” where she explored what can happen when we recognize the limits of our knowledge. A video of her talk will be forthcoming.

Read more about her talk on Communities Digital News and Owning Pink.

Read more about TEDMED 2014.

Special Issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics on Next Generation Sequencing

Clinical Sequencing Research

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics has just released a special policy issue edited by researchers from the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and the Center for Medical Technology Policy.  The research team led by Center Director, Dr. Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D., addresses a wide range of policy topics regarding the clinical integration of next generation sequencing including FDA regulation, intellectual property issues, legal challenges and questions, and proprietary databases.  

Read the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics special issue.

Read the full press release.

Bioethics on Stage

Bioethics on stage actors, front from left Amy McGuire and Lorraine Potocki, with back row from left, Robert Robbins, Melanie Gray, Doe Florsheim and Reid Sutton.

In an effort to engage members of the community around ethical issues in medicine and biomedical research, the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine hosted “Bioethics on Stage” June 12 at DiverseWorks.

The readers for the event featured familiar faces, including Texas Medical Center President and CEO Robert Robbins, M.D., President for the Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine Doe Florsheim, Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP Melanie Gray, and Baylor genetics faculty members Drs. Reed Sutton and Lori Potocki, with Center Director Dr. Amy McGuire as the play’s narrator. They presented the story of the fictional Friedman family and examined the impact on each family member of making decisions about participation in a research protocol and genetic testing. Audience members served as the ethics consultants, and between scenes discussed the ethical dilemma the characters face.

Read more about the event on Culture Map Houston.

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Dr. Blumenthal-Barby Blogs on Bioethics.net

Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.

In this post, "The Philosophical Failing of Bioethics" Dr. Blumenthal-Barby discusses the recent article by  Julian Savulescu arguing that medical ethics is in need of more and better philosophy.

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