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  • Five Physicians Honored for Exemplary Care of Patients Nearing the End of Life

    Posted on April 13, 2018

    A physician who founded a pediatric palliative care program and another who developed a nationally recognized curriculum to improve communication between doctors and patients with advanced kidney disease are among the five recipients of the 2018 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards. The awards totaled $95,000: a senior award and a mid-career award of $25,000 each and… Read more

  • Defining Death: Public Event Explores the Legacy of Brain Death and the Future of Organ Transplantation

    Posted on April 10, 2018

    Defining Death: Organ Transplantation and the 50-Year Legacy of the Harvard Report on Brain Death, the 2018 Harvard Medical School’s Annual Bioethics Conference, tookplace from April 11 to 13 in Boston. An annual event of the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics, this year’s conference is cosponsored by The Hastings Center and the Petrie-Flom Center… Read more

  • Documentary Series Premiere on Genetic Medicine Features Hastings Scholars

    Posted on April 3, 2018

    Hastings Center president Mildred Z. Solomon and director of research Josephine Johnston were featured speakers at the premiere screening of The Code, a series of three documentaries on the origins of genetic medicine and what its successes and failures mean for the future. The series was produced by Retro Report in partnership with STAT news.… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: The Enhanced Human

    Posted on April 3, 2018

    Advances in biotechnology and artificial intelligence generate enthusiasm about the potential to redesign ourselves, as well as concern about whether, and, if so, in what ways, we ought to do so.  Gene editing has the capacity to cure disease, but can we draw a line between appropriate applications and misuse when it comes to complex… Read more

  • New “Hastings Conversations” Podcast: What’s Actually Wrong with Sport Doping?

    Posted on March 15, 2018

    If all athletes had access to the same performance-enhancing drugs, wouldn’t that make competitions fair? If the purpose of sport is to maximize performance, shouldn’t we welcome technologies that do that? Mildred Z. Solomon, president of The Hastings Center, spoke with President Emeritus Thomas H. Murray, author of Good Sport: Why Our Games Matter — And… Read more

  • Looking for the Psychosocial Effects of Genomic Test Results

    Posted on February 27, 2018

    For the last quarter century, researchers have been asking whether genetic test results might have negative psychosocial effects. Anxiety, depression, disrupted relationships, and heightened stigmatization have all been posited as possible outcomes—but not consistently found. What accounts for the discrepancy? A public conference in New York on February 26 and 27 explored what we know… Read more

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