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Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society

Ethics study explores precision medicine’s risks, rewards

Nov. 30, 2018—Results of the study suggest the prospect of an array of individual and societal benefits to personalized medicine, as well as risks for physical, dignitary, group, economic, psychological and legal harms, many of which may have been over-emphasized or overlooked in the literature.

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Lynn set for next Discovery Lecture

Sep. 15, 2016—Joanne Lynn, M.D., a geriatrician and health services researcher, will present the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Sept. 22.

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VUMC part of national effort to improve genomic science laws, regulations

Jun. 16, 2016—Experts in medicine and the law at the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are leading a national effort to analyze and recommend improvements in genomic law.

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Landmark report urges caution before releasing gene drive-modified organisms

Jun. 9, 2016—A new report released this week raises questions about “gene drives,” a biological process that can profoundly and rapidly alter the characteristics of entire species.

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New center to study genomic privacy concerns

May. 19, 2016—Researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have received a four-year, $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a new center for the study of privacy concerns associated with the use of genomic information, the NIH announced this week.

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Initiative seeks to encourage use of advance directives

Apr. 7, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is encouraging faculty and staff to answer this question: If you became incapable of making health care decisions for yourself because of injury or illness, would your family or health care provider know your wishes for health care?

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Sustainable agriculture’s impact

Feb. 18, 2016—Duke University’s Norman Wirzba, Ph.D., left, talks with Vanderbilt’s Douglas Heimburger, M.D., M.S., following Wirzba’s recent lecture on the importance of sustainable agriculture and its impact on population health.

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Eos Project funds environmental awareness planning and programming projects on campus

Feb. 12, 2016—Eos-funded projects include curriculum development, reading series, speakers, seminars and more.

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Lecture to explore impact of sustainable agriculture

Jan. 28, 2016—Norman Wirzba, Ph.D., professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian studies at Duke University in the Divinity School, the Nicholas School of the Environment, and the Sanford School of Public Policy, will present a public lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in Light Hall, Room 214 entitled “Why Sustainable Agriculture Matters.”

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Discovery Lecture explores health care cost controls

Sep. 17, 2015—“There’s no magic bullet” to control rising health care costs in the United States, health law expert Timothy Jost, J.D., said during last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Clayton to co-chair National Academies’ review committee

Sep. 3, 2015—Ellen Clayton, M.D., J.D., the Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of Law and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University, has been selected to serve as co-chair of the National Academies’ Report Review Committee (RRC).

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Jost set for Sept. 10 Discovery Lecture

Sep. 3, 2015—The Flexner Discovery Lecture Series kicks off this fall with a discussion of health care cost control. Timothy Jost, J.D., emeritus professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, will speak on Thursday, Sept. 10.

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