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The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) invited three speakers to provide their insights on the importance of professional ethics and professionalism in neuroscience research on February 10th. The speakers included Nicholas Steneck, Ph.D., Director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research; David E. Wright, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Research Integrity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Peggy Mason, Ph.D., Chair of the Society for Neuroscience’s Ethics Committee.

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Fri, February 14, 2014

Dr Peter Ubel, the previous director of CBDSM, discusses health care policy in his Forbes article "Is The Profit Motive Ruining American Healthcare?" He says, "when we debate healthcare costs in the U.S., we need to be clear on whether we are focusing on profits, per se, or instead on the simple fact that everyone in the healthcare industry – from for-profit insurance companies to private practice physiotherapists – understandably need to focus on their own bottom lines," 
 

Fri, February 21, 2014

Dr. Reshma Jagsi was involved with a study that reported an increase in women who recieved breast reconstruction following a masectomy for breast cancer. The study found that, "46 percent of patients received reconstruction in 1998 but that figure rose to 63 percent by 2007." Jagsi said, "Breast reconstruction has a big impact on quality of life for breast cancer survivors. As we are seeing more women survive breast cancer, we need to focus on long term survivorship issues and ensuring that women have access to this important part of treatment."

Fri, February 28, 2014

Brian Zikmund-Fisher was quoted in a Scientific American article about risk communication of certain chemicals in the lives of expectant parents. He explains, “Look at your life and the choices you make, and do things that can make you safer easily, but don't overreact to anything ... There are very, very few things out there that have such huge effects on our lives or our baby's lives that one teeny bit of exposure is going to make a difference.”

CBSSM's Co-Director Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D., has been named one of "25 Champions of Shared Decision Making." According to the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, "Angie has spent her career testing methods for communicating the risks and benefits of treatment options to patients, especially through decision aids. Based on the knowledge she has gained, Angie developed and tested decision aids for prostate cancer and breast cancer prevention. Her work has truly advanced the field of risk communication and patient-physician communication." 

Congratulations Angie! You can view the list here

On May 1, Jeff Kullgren, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of general medicine and a research scientist at VA CCMR and Mark Fendrick, M.D., director of U-M's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) urged the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee to enact stronger state health care transparency laws, including requirements to make more data on price and quality publically available. "As more Americans face high levels of cost-sharing in their insurance plans, it's even more important to improve access to data that helps them anticipate their out-of-pocket expenses," Kullgren told the panel. Proposed legislation would establish an easily accessible database to help consumers compare both prices and quality of care for various medical procedures and prescriptions.      

Thu, May 22, 2014

Susan Dorr Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A. is the senior author on an article receiving the annual “Professionalism Article Prize” by the ABIM Foundation. Jon C. Tilburt, M.D., M.P.H. of the Mayo Clinic is the study’s first author.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of medical professionalism. The article “Views of U.S. Physicians About Controlling Health Care Costs” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in July 2013.

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Thu, May 22, 2014

CBSSM faculty member Susan Dorr Goold M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A. was interviewed by the LA Times about doctors assisting with prison executions despite ethics rules.

“Physicians are healers. That knowledge should be used only for healing, not executions,” said Dorr Goold, professor of internal medicine and health management and policy at the University of Michigan who is the Chair of AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. “Participation as a physician is not ethical.”

Read the full LA Times story here.

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CBSSM Seminar: Barbara Koenig, PhD

Thu, October 23, 2014, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
NCRC 16-266C

Barbara Koenig, PhD
Professor of Medical Anthropology & Bioethics Dept. of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Institute for Health & Aging, UCSF

“Revisiting the “Race” Issue in Genomics”

Summary: Throughout the post-genomic era, efforts to categorize human populations according to geographical ancestry have been contentious. How does genetic variation map on to social categories of difference? How can researchers seeking to understand health disparities—or to interrogate diseases associated with particular genetic variants—pay attention simultaneously to race as social identity, and biological characteristic?

CBSSM Seminar: Stephanie Kukora, MD

Wed, November 05, 2014, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
NCRC 16-266C

Stephanie Kukora, MD
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellow

"Choosing Wisely: using past medical decisions in allocating scarce ECMO resources"

This talk will examine the ethical complexities of distributing limited ECMO resources to a growing population of eligible patients across the age spectrum and varying prognosis, describe the ramifications of influenza vaccine refusal among otherwise healthy adults, and explore the moral permissibility of allocating scarce ECMO resources based on previous medical decision-making, such as declining the seasonal influenza vaccine.

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