Prof. Wolf co-directing international workshop in Geneva on genomic research
Professor Susan Wolf will co-direct the first major international workshop next week on the controversial question of whether researchers should return individual results and incidental findings to people participating in genomic research. Colleagues from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the UK, Canada, and the US will gather at the Brocher Centre outside Geneva to compare data and policies across national and regional lines, in an effort to map differences and move toward harmonization. This workshop is funded by the Brocher Foundation, an NIH grant on which Prof. Wolf is a principal investigator (NIH/NCI/NHGRI grant #1-R01-CA154517), the Wellcome Trust in the UK, and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. Workshop organizers in addition to Prof. Wolf are Barbara Koenig, PhD (UC San Francisco), Jane Kaye, LLB, DPhil (Oxford), and Bernice Elger, MD, PhD (Univ. of Basel). For more on this invitational workshop.
Doctors Who Torture Accountability Project
The Institute on Medicine as a Profession has just issued a large report on medically supervised torture by the United States. Center for Bioethics faculty member Steven Miles, MD was on the task force that wrote this report.
The Doctors Who Torture Accountability Project website describes physician complicity with torture around the world. Its purpose is to encourage physicians, courts, and medical licensing boards to be more active in the movement to end torture. This site is intended to aid organizations and individuals who are working to end physician impunity for complicity with torture:
It compiles all the post-Nuremberg cases of criminal punishments and medical licensing board penalties.
It classifies countries as having systematic punishment of physicians who torture, punishment of a few token torture physicians, or a record of allowing physicians who abet torture to receive complete impunity from punishment.
It gives relevant standards and general references.
It invites updating and – subject to confirming the accuracy of information – updates will be posted.
THIS SITE MAY BE SHARED AND LINKED WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION: http://www.doctorswhotorture.com/
Watch a video interview with Steven Miles, MD on holding doctors accountable for torture.
BIOETHICS IN THE MEDIA
Leigh Turner is quoted in an article in the Minnesota Daily regarding clinical drug trials.
Center faculty Leigh Turner was interviewed by MinnPost regarding the Markingson case.
Center Faculty Professor Steven Miles is mentioned in an article in the CityPress.co.za regarding Wouter Basson.
Center Faculty members Carl Elliott and Leigh Turner appeared on MyFoxTwinCities regarding the Dan Markingson case.
Steven Miles is mentioned in an article in The New Age regarding Dr. Wouter Basson’s shift of blame.
Steven Miles is mentioned in an article in MedPage Today regarding the report "Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror.”
Carl Elliott is quoted in an article in Pharmalot regarding the Markingson case.
Carl Elliott’s commentary regarding the Markingson case appeared in The Bioethics Forum of The Hastings Center.
Steven Miles is mentioned in an article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about anti-torture legislation.
Carl Elliott is featured in an article in the British Medical Journal regarding the Dan Markingson case.
Steven Miles is quoted in the Association of American Medical Colleges about physicians recognizing signs of torture.