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Welcoming Ariel Cascio to the Center this fall

Ariel Cascio

We are excited to welcome new faculty member M. Ariel Cascio, PhD, who starts in August. Cascio has an anthropology and neuroethics background, and their work is also oriented around research ethics, disability studies, and medical education. They have experience collaborating with autistic people and other stakeholders to develop person-oriented research ethics suggestions for studies involving autistic people. Visit our blog to learn more.

Recording available: How Brain Death Declarations Can Harm, and Why Legal Exemptions Should Be the Rule

Jennifer McCurdy

The recorded seminar from Center Assistant Professor Jennifer McCurdy, PhD, BSN, MH, HEC-C, is now available to watch. McCurdy argues for changes to the Uniform Determination of Death Act, allowing individuals to claim a religious exemption when they disagree that brain death is, in fact, death. Why? Because the concept of brain death is based on a specific eurochristian worldview that is not held in common by many reasonable people in U.S. society.

Leonard Fleck presents keynote lecture at international precision medicine conference

Leonard Fleck

Center Professor Leonard Fleck, PhD, recently traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to present the keynote lecture at the conference “Precision Medicine Conference: Ethical and Legal Issues.” This international conference was held at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and sponsored by the Erasmus University School of Health Policy and Management.

Visit our blog to learn more about Fleck's lecture, including what he describes as a "wow moment" with conference attendees.