The Ethics Blog

A blog from the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Month: June 2012

“The Route” is taking shape

Our plans for the interactive part of the conference program for HandsOn: Biobanks, in Uppsala 20-21 September 2012, are taking shape. This part of the program is called “the Route.” During coffee and lunch breaks, participants can walk through an interactive exhibition illustrating the process of informed consent, data and sample sharing, and new legislation. Within the […]

Absolute limits of a modern world?

A certain form of ethical thinking would like to draw absolute limits to human activity. The limits are often said to be natural: nature is replacing God as ultimate moral authority. Nature is what we believe we still can believe in, when we no longer believe in God. God thus moves into the human embryo. […]

Handling mistaken trust when doctors recruit patients as research participants

Patients seem more willing to participate in biobank research than the general public. A possible explanation is the doctor-patient relationship. Patients’ trust in health care professionals might help doctors to recruit them as research participants, perhaps making the task too easy. That trust in doctors can induce a willingness to participate in research seems threatening […]

Interview with Kathinka Evers

One of my colleagues here at CRB, Kathinka Evers, recently returned from Barcelona, where she participated in the lecture series, The Origins of the Human Mind: PS: Why did you participate in this series? KE: I was invited by the Centre for Contemporary Culture to present the rise of neuroethics and my views on informed […]

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