Members of Council travelled to Paris for a trilateral meeting with the French and German national bioethics committees (Comité Consultatif National d'Ethique and Nationaler Ethikrat) on 2-3 December. The aim of this annual event is to share experiences, exchange information and explore potential co-operation on bioethics issues of common interest.
The Nuffield Council has hosted its annual ‘Bioethics in Parliament’ event in the House of Lords where MPs, peers and others explored some of the issues surrounding the question ‘How far should we go to meet the demand for organs, eggs, sperm and other bodily material?’
The Council’s Director, Hugh Whittall, was invited to meet with the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in Atlanta last week. At the Commission’s third meeting of the year, Hugh gave a presentation on how the Council works, and on the findings of its recent report on medical profiling and online medicine.
To help inform the Government’s forthcoming Public Health White Paper, on 11 November the Council hosted a roundtable meeting with Government officials and leading experts to consider the role of central government in public health.
The event was framed around the Council’s 2007 report Public health: ethical issues, which set out guiding principles for making decisions about public health policies.
A year after the Council’s report Dementia: ethical issuesfound that more must be done to support carers and to tackle the stigma of dementia, a Dementia Action Alliance has been set up with the aim of greatly improving quality of life for people with dementia.
The Government should do more to help people find trustworthy health websites and use online health services safely and effectively, says a new report on the ethics of ‘personalised healthcare’. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics warns that whilst online health information and services are convenient to use and extend choice, they could mislead, confuse or create unnecessary anxiety for the people who use them.
Direct-to-consumer personal genetic profiling services that claim to predict people’s health risks by analysing their DNA are often inconclusive and companies that sell them should provide better information about the evidence on which the results are based, says the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, in a new report on the ethics of so-called personalised healthcare services.