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August 22 2017
  The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) has announced that Ana S. Iltis, PhD, Wake Forest University Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society, has been elected by its members to the position of ASBH President-Elect.  Bioethics is the study of ethical issues relating to health care, biotechnology, and medical research, including issues such as decisions at the end of life, stem cell research, genetics and genomics, health policy, and fair access to treatment.  ASBH is the leading US professional association devoted to bioethics and the medical humanities. The President-Elect serves for 2 years alongside the current President, and then serves a 2-year term as President, so Dr. Iltis will become President of ASBH in 2019.   In addition, Danish Zaidi, MTS, MBE, a second-year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine, has been elected to serve as the student member of the ASBH Board of Directors.   The election of a Wake Forest faculty member and student to these national leadership positions is just one sign of the growing importance of the institution’s contributions to bioethics scholarship and practice.  In addition:       Mark Hall, J.D., Fred and Elizabeth Turnage Professor of Law and Public Health and co-director of the WFU Graduate Program in Bioethics, was elected two years ago to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine and was appointed last year as the only Senior Nonresident Fellow in Health Policy at the Brookings Institution    

Nancy M. P. King, J.D., Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy and co-director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics and the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, was appointed two years ago to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections which advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on the oversight of research with human subjects.

    John Moskop,Ph.D., Wallace and Mona Wu Chair in Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Chair of the WFBMC Clinical Ethics Committee, is serving a second term as an Officer of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care, which is devoted to improving professionalism in all health-related fields through education, scholarship and public policy.

August 9 2017
Hailey Cleek, a student in Wake Forest University's JD/MA in Bioethics joint degree program, was selected to join the Wake Forest Law Review.  The Law Review provides the legal profession with timely evaluations of current problems in the law and serves students as a valuable educational experience.  Congratulations Hailey! Hailey is also the Editor in Chief of Awaken - The Creative Journal of Contemporary BioethicsThis  is a first-of-its-kind online journal at Wake Forest University dedicated to exploring and understanding the field of bioethics through the publication of creative, fictionalized short stories. The stories published in Awaken utilize the creative literary process to discover and expound upon contemporary bioethics issues.
May 17 2017
To what lengths should we go to preserve human life? This is a question many are asking after hearing that three men plan to make medical history by conducting the first human head transplant. Or, rather, whole body transplant. Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero and Chinese surgeon Dr. Xiaoping Ren plan to provide a Russian volunteer, Valery Spiridonov, a new body. During the procedure, Spiridonov’s body and head would be detached and, with the help of a crane, surgeons would move the head and attach it to the donor body. But is this ethical? Should they proceed? For the whole article go here. Also a 30th May 2017 article on Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center blog
Baker Institute for Public Policy blog
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