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    Ross White

    • Your Brain in the Courtroom

      Posted on October 24, 2012

      On Monday, New America Foundation in Washington, DC held a thought-provoking event, My Brain Made Me Do It, which explored the role of neuroscience in understanding human behavior, particularly that of criminals, and the extent to which such research can or should be used in the criminal justice system. The program was the latest installment… Read more

    • The Presidential Bioethics Debate 2012

      Posted on October 3, 2012

      With the first presidential debate beginning tonight and the race entering the final stretch, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making their final policy pitches to the American public. While the economy and jobs will dominate much of the discussion, the candidates have significant differences on many health and science policy issues with serious bioethics… Read more

    • Electronic Health Records: Balancing Progress and Privacy

      Posted on June 19, 2012

      Regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act, it has set in motion a drive toward greater use of information technology, particularly with regard to electronic health records (EHRs). These technologies promise to increase the transmission, sharing, and use of health data across the health care system, thereby improving quality and reducing unnecessary costs.… Read more

    • Anthrax Vaccine Trials for Children: Precautionary or Premature?

      Posted on May 22, 2012

      Last Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues met in Washington, DC to assess the ethics of a clinical trial on anthrax vaccines for children. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asked the Commission to investigate the issue, after the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) voted in favor of pursuing pediatric trials. These trials and other… Read more

    • Obama’s Unspoken Words About Health Reform and Values

      Posted on January 26, 2012

      Many in the health policy world worried when President Obama made only passing reference to health care in his State of the Union Address — only two mentions of the words “health care” and one each for “Medicaid” and “Medicare.” While there may be a number of reasons that Obama chose not to highlight one… Read more

    • It’s Not Just the Economy, Stupid

      Posted on January 11, 2012

      Despite the persistent focus on economic growth, jobs, and global competition in the Republican presidential primaries, many social issues with significant bioethics implications are also at stake in November’s election. Given the importance of science and health policy, it is worth exploring the positions of the four Republican candidates (Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich,… Read more

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


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