The theme of our series for the year 2019-2020 is the role of dialogue in care as well as the healthcare system

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Brainstorm Magazine

The goal of Brainstorm is to bring academic discussion out into the open; to facilitate inclusive dialogue and present scholarly topics in more accessible ways.

Postdoctoral Fellowship or Graduate Student Scholarship

The unit is currently in search of postdoctoral or graduate researchers (masters or doctoral) wishing to contribute to the development of a pragmatic ethics. This position will last 12 months with the possibility of renewal. Candidates with expertise in a field other than bioethics that is still related are invited to apply as well.

Organizational neuroethics: reflections on the contributions of neuroscience to management theories and business practices

Drawing on recent debates in the field, this book introduces “organizational neuroethics” as an emerging interdisciplinary field that addresses the ethics of organizational neuroscience research and applications, as well as the neuroscience of organizational ethics.


Brain-Computer Interfaces and Personhood: Interdisciplinary Deliberations on Neural Technology

The development of new devices and applications under the category of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) comes with ethical challenges for all stakeholders and is an object of both hope and concern in various media.


Understanding and addressing barriers to communication in the context of neonatal neurologic injury: Exploring the ouR-HOPE approach

The ouRHOPE proposes the principles of Reflection, Humility, Open-mindedness, Partnership, and Engagement and related self-assessment questions to encourage clinicians to reflect on their practices and to engage with others in responding to challenges. In this text, we explore the meaning of each principle through five clinical cases involving neonatal neurologic injury, decision making, and parent–clinician communication.


Multi-cellular engineered living systems: building a community around responsible research on emergence

In this article, Matthew Sample and colleagues identify two general kinds of salient ethical issues arising from multi-cellular engineered living systems (M-CELS) research, and present a set of commitments to and strategies for addressing complex ethical and societal challenges.



Research in the field of “neuroethics” continues to flourish, but to what end? Eric Racine and Matthew Sample consider the most prominent intellectual arguments in favor of neuroethics research and suggest a reformulation around the needs and experiences of people.


Pragmatism strives to develop practical approaches that promote human values and human flourishing using state-of-the-art methods from different disciplines.

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Research undertaken at the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit addresses a range of challenges in health care, research, and health policy. It relies on the use of interdisciplinary approaches that are grounded in facts, open to deliberative processes, and focused on producing practical changes that promote respect of persons and human flourishing in all its diversity.

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