Centre for Human Bioethics

Ethics and Vector-Borne Disease–WHO Meeting Report

  The World Health Organization has just published the Report of a Scoping Meeting on Ethical Issues Associated with Vector-Borne Diseases.  Centre Director Michael Selgelid played a leading role in the initiation of this project, which aims to culminate in development of relevant WHO guidelines; and PhD student Dr. Euzebiusz (“Zeb”) Jamrozik served as rapporteur…

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Welcome to Distinguished Visiting Scholars Professor Bonnie Steinbock and Professor Paul Menzel

     The Monash Bioethics Centre is delighted to be hosting distinguished scholars Professor Bonnie Steinbock and Professor Paul Menzel from October to December 2017.  Among other activities, both will serve as instructors in this year’s Intensive Bioethics Course.   Professor Steinbock will also be giving a Public Lecture on “The Ethics of Editing Embryos” at…

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Rob Sparrow and Mark Howard ITS Australia National Award finalists

Monash SOPHIS Professor Rob Sparrow and Adjunct Associate Professor Mark Howard have been shortlisted as a finalist for the ITS Australia National Awards. The nomination for the Research Award is for their paper: Monash University – When Human Beings are Like Drunk Robots: Driverless vehicles, ethics, and the future of transport. By applying expertise in…

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Monash Bioethics Centre plays key role in development of first international guidelines for public health surveillance ethics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just released the first comprehensive international guidelines for public health surveillance ethics.*    Development of these guidelines was a project of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics, which is currently chaired by Monash University Professor Michael Selgelid who is also Director of the Monash Bioethics Centre.   The goal of the guideline development…

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SOPHIS’ annual lecture with Prof Julian Savulescu

‘What’s the cause of climate change? Standard answer: carbon emissions. What’s the cause of terror? Standard answer: religious fundamentalism’ Professor Julian Savulescu argues that the greatest problems humanity now face are not the result of external threat, but are the result of human choice – but human moral limitations. On Wednesday 17 May, Monash’s School of Philosophical, Historical…

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Killer Robots: Professor Robert Sparrow

In October 2016, acclaimed Professor Stephen Hawking warned against the rapid development of artificial intelligence, saying that “the rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity,” and predicting that robots could develop “powerful autonomous weapons” or new methods to “oppress the many.” The threat of lethal autonomous…

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Global Bioethics: A conversation with Professor Michael Selgelid

Professor Michael Selgelid is the Director of the Monash Bioethics Centre (formerly named Centre for Human Bioethics), and he also regularly provides expert advice to a number of international bodies, including the World Health Organization (WHO). Last year, Professor Selgelid was commissioned to write a White Paper for the US Government on the ethics of…

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Catherine Mills, Robert Sparrow and colleagues awarded ARC Discovery Project (2017) Grant

  Congratulations to Associate Professor Catherine Mills and Professor Robert Sparrow who, along with colleagues Dr Karinne Ludlow and Dr Narelle Warren, have been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (round 2017) grant valued at $215,000 for research on “Legal and Ethical Issues in the Inheritable Genetic Modification of Humans”. Project summary:  “This project…

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Michael Selgelid Produces White Paper on Ethical Issues Associated with "Gain-of-Function" Research for US Government

  In 2015 Professor Michael Selgelid was commissioned by the US National Institutes of Health to complete a White Paper providing ethical analysis of “Gain-of-Function” Research. Gain-of-function (GOF) research involves experimentation that increases  the transmissibility and/or virulence of pathogens.  The ultimate objective of such research is to better inform public health and preparedness efforts and/or…

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We have a moral obligation to allow drug analysis at music festivals

Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford; Connor Rochford, Monash University, and Daniel D’Hotman, Monash University At the Stereosonic festival last year, Sylvia Choi died after consuming a contaminated ecstasy tablet. Unfortunately Sylvia’s narrative is all too familiar – a bright future extinguished at a music festival that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. This…

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