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How to overcome mistrust of medical science

Oct. 13, 2023—A Vanderbilt expert in biomedical ethics says the public’s mistrust of medical science, including vaccination, is being driven in part by a top-down research enterprise that does not give human subjects a voice in the studies that affect them.

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Policy experts discuss abortion ruling and health data privacy

Sep. 22, 2022—Vanderbilt policy experts discuss how the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade and newly enacted state laws limiting or banning abortion can be expected to bring new scrutiny to the privacy vulnerabilities of electronic health records.

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Panel considers ways to improve vaccine readiness, restore trust

May. 19, 2022—A recent Ethics Grand Rounds, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, explored potential ways to overcome vaccine readiness and restore trust in health care providers.

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Patricia Townsend Meador Lecture

Oct. 28, 2021—Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH, was at Vanderbilt last week to deliver the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society’s Patricia Townsend Meador Lecture.

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Kate Payne, Vanderbilt bioethicist and nurse, has died

Jan. 13, 2021—Associate Professor of Nursing Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC, a bioethicist, attorney and beloved nurse leader at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, died at the Alive Hospice Residence on Jan. 6 after a very brief and unexpected illness.

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Diversity of conference attendees mirrors increasing support for palliative care

Jun. 13, 2019—More than 80 people attended a Palliative Care Conference in Nashville recently that was led by faculty members of the Palliative Care programs at VUMC and the Nashville VA Medical Center, and VUMC Center for Biomedical Ethics.

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Project seeks to ease confusion about advance directives

Mar. 21, 2019—While Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student Jon Alverio was on rotation with the Vanderbilt Health Palliative Care team, he witnessed the confusion patients often have as they try to complete an advance directive for health care, and he decided to do something about it.

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Ethics study explores precision medicine’s risks, rewards

Nov. 29, 2018—Precision medicine research — which involves the consolidation of massive amounts of complex data and the widespread sharing of those data for a variety of research studies — offers the prospect of both benefit and harm.

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Initiative to promote awareness of need for advance directives

Oct. 4, 2018—During last week’s Flulapalooza, the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, the Palliative Care Service, the Office for Strategy and Innovation and the Office for Health Sciences Education hosted a booth with information about advance directives for health care.

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Bioethics expert Kahn to deliver next Discovery Lecture

Sep. 20, 2018—Noted bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Lynn set for next Discovery Lecture

Sep. 15, 2016—Joanne Lynn, M.D., a geriatrician and health services researcher, will present the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Sept. 22.

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VUMC part of national effort to improve genomic science laws, regulations

Jun. 16, 2016—Experts in medicine and the law at the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are leading a national effort to analyze and recommend improvements in genomic law.

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