Obama Fills The Presidential Commision for the Study of Bioethical Issues: Research Ethics in the News

The White House announced the remaining members of the The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on April 7, 2010 [press release – PDF]. The new members are:

Lonnie Ali, M.B.A
Anita L. Allen, J.D., Ph.D.
Barbara F. Atkinson, M.D.
Nita A. Farahany, J.D., Ph.D.
Alexander G. Garza, M.D.
Christine Grady, R.N., Ph.D.
Stephen L. Hauser, M.D.
Raju S. Kucherlapati, Ph.D.
Nelson Lee Michael, M.D., Ph.D.
Daniel Sulmasy, M.D., Ph.D.

President Obama appointed the Commission’s Chair (Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.) and Vice Chair (James W. Wagner, Ph.D.) in November 2009 (press release). According to Executive Order 13521 [PDF], the Commission’s members serve two year terms without compensation. The new Commission “works with the goal of identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.” Prior Presidents convened similar commissions. In 2001, President Bush created the President’s Council on Bioethics which replaced President Clinton’s National Bioethics Advisory Commission, created in 1996. A list of former commissions and their publications is provided on the Bioethics.gov website.


Andrew Plemmons Pratt. Practical Science. Science Progress. April 8, 2010.
Jere Odell. Obama stops The President’s Council on Bioethics: Research Ethics in the News. Indiana Bioethics. June 24, 2009.

Other Research Ethics News

Robin Erb. In blood debate, new consent effort aims to open research doors. Detroit Free Press. April 8, 2010.

Lisbeth Fog. Tensions remain over biological access protocol. SciDevNet. April 2, 2010.

Ann E. Mills and Patti M. Tereskerz. The Uncertain Future of Gene Patents. Bioethics Forum. April 1, 2010.

Duff Wilson. Pfizer gives details on payments to doctors. The New York Times. March 31, 2010.

Donna Dickenson. Bioethics à la Française: the new French bioethics laws. BioNews. March 29, 2010.

Steve E. Nissen. Setting the RECORD Straight. JAMA. 2010;303(12):1194-1195.

Carla K. Johnson. Top US psychiatrist calls for ethics cleanup. [AP] Google News. March 23, 2010.

Gerd Antes. The new CONSORT statement. BMJ 2010;340:c1432. | doi:10.1136/bmj.c1432

Jocelyn Kaiser. Should NIH-Funded Researchers Be Required to Publicly Reveal Conflicts? ScienceInsider. March 16, 2010.

Jonathan D. Moreno. Red Tape Around Stem Cells? Science Progress. March 16, 2010.

— J.O.


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