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  • New Ethical Questions and 21st Century Genomics

    Posted on May 28, 2020

    The Hastings Center will host a special virtual discussion on “New Ethical Questions and 21st Century Genomics” on Thursday, June 4. After the atrocities of Nazi medical experimentation, the Nuremburg Code of the 1940’s established the importance of voluntary, informed consent by research participants. The Belmont Report of the 1970’s, as well as the original… Read more

  • Covid-19 Crisis Triage—Optimizing Health Outcomes and Disability Rights

    Posted on May 20, 2020

    Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon and two Hastings Center fellows address concerns that crisis triage protocols aimed at allocating scarce health care resources to save the most lives could be biased against people with disabilities. Their article offers policy recommendations for triage protocols that save the most… Read more

  • We Must Test, and Do It Differently, to Re-open the Nation

    Posted on April 23, 2020

    This week at  “Re-Opening the Nation: What Values Should Guide Us?” — an online Hastings Conversation, experts said the Covid-19 pandemic posed two interconnected existential threats: to our health and to our economy, both of which require that we dramatically gear up in a war-like footing to contain the virus. Massively ramped up testing is… Read more

  • Physicians Honored for Outstanding Care of Patients Near the End of Life

    Posted on April 23, 2020

    In this period of global struggle as health care professionals are putting their lives on the line, we are pleased to honor five exemplary physicians who specialize in care of patients near the end of life. It seems particularly important to continue this tradition during the coronavirus pandemic. The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards honor… Read more

  • In the Media: The Hastings Center Responds to Covid-19

    Posted on March 24, 2020

    Hastings Center research scholars have been talking with the press and writing on ethical issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a selected roundup. Check back for updates.

  • America’s Bioethicists: Government Must Use Federal Powers To Fight COVID-19

    Posted on March 24, 2020

    Nearly 1,400 of the nation’s most prominent bioethicists and health leaders signed an urgent letter to Congress and the White House, imploring the U.S. government to immediately use its federal power and funds to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as a matter of moral imperative. The petition was developed by Mildred Solomon, president of The Hastings Center, and Lawrence Gostin, a Hastings Fellow and director of the O’Neill Center for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

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The Hastings Center has never shied away from the toughest ethical challenges faced by society.