"Stem cells from adult skin are as morally fraught as embryonic stem cells," argues Center Fellow Sally Lehrman in a recent article for Scientific American. Besides "futuristic-sounding possibilities such as creating gametes for reproduction," Lehrman explores the rights of tissue donors.
Lehrman is the Knight Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Endowed Chair for Journalism in the Public Interest at Santa Clara University.
Courtenay Bruce joined the Center staff this summer as assistant director of heath care ethics. She manages the Center’s Health Care Ethics Intern Program, which gives undergraduates a first-hand look at ethical dilemmas in a hospital setting. She also provides clinical ethics consultation, education, and policy review and development for our partner hospitals.
Prior to joining the Center staff, Bruce held the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics at a partnership among five institutions: Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
She has her doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center, where her emphasis was in health law and health policy. She interned at the United States 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas. She also holds an MA in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University.
The case for developing an AIDS vaccine as the best ethical response to the global epidemic is advanced by SCU senior Erin Cleveland in her honors thesis, developed under the director of Center Director of Bioethics Margaret R. McLean. Subtitled "A Call for Justice," Cleveland's piece concludes that "Those of us in the developed world are called to use the many resources at our disposal to assist those in the developing world without access to such resources."
What obligations do pharmaceutical companies have to their stock holders and development financers? What responsibilities, if any, does the pharmaceutical industry have to both the local and global communities?
Graudating senior Kari Kjos, a 2009-10 Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, created a discussion module for students to address these questions. Drawing on a video case by Center Director Kirk O. Hanson, the module offers background information on the science, discussion questions, and an op-ed on the topic.