Oct 03

Guidelines on Ethical Issues in Public Health Surveillance

AJPH – The World Health Organization, Public Health Ethics, and Surveillance: Essential Architecture for Social Well-Being

Amy Fairchild et al ; http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304019
“…In June 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued “Guidelines on Ethical Issues in Public Health Surveillance”. This is the first document to address the challenge of surveillance on a global
stage and the first set of international guidelines in which the ethics of public health, rather than (bio)medical ethics, serves as a normative framework…” Analysis & background of these guidelines.  The authors played a role in formulating them.

Oct 03

ASAP ~~~ Input on Bioethics Issues in Cancer Research and Care

National Cancer Institute Request for Information Seeks Input on Bioethics Issues in Cancer Research and Care; Comments Due October 6, 2017

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has published a Request for Information (RFI) in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts seeking input from all stakeholders with interests in bioethics and cancer research, clinical care, and/or public health.

In 2016, a Cancer and Bioethics Working Group comprised of NCI staff members was formed; its goals are to foster bioethics/ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications) research, and to coordinate outreach activities to educate members of the cancer community on bioethics/ELSI issues.

To better realize these goals, the members are seeking input from community members, patients, cancer researchers, physicians and other health practitioners, bioethicists, advocates, and others to help identify bioethics areas clearly relevant to cancer but in need of further development, as well as bioethics areas which are ready for translation in a cancer context. They are also seeking input on approaches for enhancing bioethics and cancer collaborations, and timely issues for bioethics and cancer outreach.

Access the Request for Information: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-17-079.html


Comments can be submitted by October 6, 2017 using either of the following methods:

– E-mail: cancerandbioethics@nih.gov

– U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service:

Charlisse Caga-anan

National Cancer Institute

DCCPS/EGRP/Genomic Epidemiology Branch

9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 4E236

Bethesda, MD 20892-9763 (or Rockville, MD 20850 for express delivery)

Please include the Request for Information Notice number (NOT-CA-17-079) in the subject line of your email or letter.

Oct 03

New Bioethics FOA – RFA-MH-18-500

A new FOA was released on Friday from the NIH BRAIN initiative

BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science (R01) https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-18-500.html

Applications are due December 7, 2017

This is the second FOA on ethical issues from the NIH BRAIN Initiative program. This FOA addresses focused topical areas relevant to the work supported by the BRAIN Initiative. Specifically, applications that focus on the following areas that are rapidly becoming highly relevant to the BRAIN Initiative would be considered of particular interest:

•Studies focused on ethical issues associated with advances in brain stimulation, brain-computer interfaces, etc., such as: effects on personal identity, agency, and perception of normality

•Studies that empirically measure risk/benefit analyses and evaluate consent issues in conducting research with neural devices, and long-term obligations to patients/subjects participating in such research

•Studies that explore the evolving richness of collected human neural data and considerations such as data ownership, access, privacy, and unintended uses

•Studies that consider the ethical implications of evolving neuromodulation and neuroimaging technologies, specifically as they pertain to the infrastructure of these technologies (activation and monitoring of devices, long-term maintenance, data security, intended and unintended use of these new technologies)

•Studies that empirically consider different perspectives on the distinction between invasive versus non-invasive brain imaging and/or neuromodulation; particularly as those views are similar or different between groups such as participants, physicians, families, and the broader public view

•The ethical implications of access to a use of emerging neurotechnologies and their relationship to informed consent (participant perspective on the consent process, consent with special populations)

•Ethical issues unique to research that leverages opportunities with ex vivo human brain tissue

•Ethical issues associated with predictive/diagnostic research related to neurological or neuropsychiatric disorders

•Public/researcher/participant attitudes and decision-making about altering/enhancing/manipulating brain function

•Cybersecurity/privacy considerations, such as effective security and safeguards for human data and wireless transmissions to/from implanted neural devices; gaps/provisions needed in existing regulatory models

Please forward to all who may be interested.

NIH NCATS: Improving Health Through Smarter Science

Connect with us!: https://ncats.nih.gov/connect

Oct 03

Social Justice Research – Call for Papers on Justice and Health

[PAHO/WHO Equity, Health and Human Development – Lista Equidad]


Social Justice Research – Call for Papers on Justice and Health

Submission deadline for papers (based on accepted abstracts): June 30, 2018

The special issue is expected to appear in 2019

Overview / Información general

Social Justice Research plans a special issue in “Justice and Health”, to appear in 2019. This issue will be multidisciplinarily oriented, and will be open to contributions from psychology, sociology, economics, philosophy, epidemiology, public health, political science, public administration etc., as long as the research makes a contribution to the theoretical and/or empirical state of the art.

Guest editors are Yukiko Asada and Erik Schokkaert.

The editors will consider contributions related to the following contexts:

  1. Priority setting: how to decide equitably about which treatments should be included in the insurance package – or provided by the public system?
  2. Inequality and inequity in health outcomes
  3. Inequity in access to the health care system (e.g., who pays? Is there equality of access based on need?)

These topics can be approached in different ways:

  • Conceptual questions about how to define “justice” in the contexts above.
  • Empirical work on how people think about justice.
  • Empirical work on actual systems, i.e., on how equitable is the existing situation.

It is important that authors make sure to clarify and define whatever ‘fairness concept’ they use, whether or not they focus on equity, equality or the umbrella notion of justice.

Important Dates / Fechas importantes

  • November 30, 2017 – Deadline for proposed one-page abstracts should be sent by email to Yukiko.Asada@Dal.Ca and [erik.schokkaert@kuleuven.be]erik.schokkaert@kuleuven.be
  • December 31, 2017 – Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their proposal
  • June 23, 2018 – Submission deadline for papers (based on accepted abstracts)

All submissions will go through the usual SJR peer-review process. Conditional on acceptance of the proposal, full papers should be submitted using the online system, specifying that the submission is for the special issue on the “Justice and Health”. Instructions for authors are available at www.springer.com/11211

* The author/source alone is responsible for the views expressed in this article/publication or information resource, and they do not necessarily represent the positions, decisions or policies of the Pan American Health Organization. El autor/fuente es el único responsable por las opiniones expresadas en este artículo/publicación o recurso de información y no necesariamente representan las posiciones, decisiones o políticas de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud.




Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas – http://www.paho.org

Office of the Assistant Director. Area of Knowledge Management, Bioethics and Research (KBR)

For additional information and to learn how to send contributions, please follow this linkhttp://equity.bvsalud.org/general-criteria/ or contact Eliane P. Santos – Advisor, Library and Information Networks – KBR/ PAHO – pereirae@paho.org

Oct 03

Post-doctoral/Post-baccalaureate Bioethics Fellowship at the NIH

Position Type: Post-doctoral/Post-baccalaureate Bioethics Fellowship at the NIH


Position Description:

The Department of Bioethics is pleased to offer a limited number of two-year post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate

fellowships. Fellows participate in the activities and the intellectual life of our

interdisciplinary department and study ethical issues related to biomedical research, clinical practice,

genetics, biotechnology, public health, and health policy. They conduct mentored theoretical and

empirical research on a range of bioethical fields of interest. For a typical fellow, this research yields

multiple first-authored publications in premier academic journals. In addition to research and writing,

fellows participate in weekly bioethics seminars, case conferences, ethics consultations, and IRB

deliberations, and have access to multiple educational opportunities at NIH. No prior bioethics

experience is required or expected.

Fellowships begin in September 2018. Stipends are commensurate with NIH Intramural Research

Training Award guidelines.

Applicants for post-baccalaureate fellowships must have earned their degree no more than 3 years prior to

the start date of the fellowship. Students planning to pursue MD, JD, PhD or other graduate degrees are

encouraged to apply for post-baccalaureate fellowships. Only U.S. citizens are eligible.

Applicants for the post-doctoral fellowship must have earned their degree no more than 5 years prior to

the start date of the fellowship. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible for post-doctoral fellowships.

Applications comprise: resume/CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of

recommendation, a statement of interest, and one or two writing samples. Writing samples should total

fewer than 30 double-spaced pages and should demonstrate analytical or critical thinking ability. They

need not be on a bioethics topic. Most successful applicants submit samples that defend a position or

analyze an argument. The statement of interest should be up to 1000 words and explain how the

fellowship fits into your career goals and what potential bioethics topics you would like to investigate.

You may also choose to discuss how you can lend a unique perspective to the department or contribute to

the department’s diversity. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and

employment programs.

Apply on-line at http://bioethics.nih.gov/education/index.shtml .

For further information see www.bioethics.nih.gov  or contact bioethics-inquiries@mail.nih.gov , or call


Employer Name: Clinical Center Department of Bioethics

Position Location:

Department of Bioethics

National Institutes of Health

10 Center Drive, Room 1C118

Bethesda, MD 20892-1156

Application Deadline Date:

Post-doc Application Deadline: Midnight December 31, 2017

Post-bac Application Deadline: Midnight January 15, 2018

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