In the News


Scope, 01/11/18
--Breaking down diabetes: The importance of complications
The post written by Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, takes a look at complications from diabetes and best strategies to manage them. This is fourth in a series of blog posts discussing pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

IEEE Spectrum, 01/16/18
--Stanford’s AI predicts death for better end-of-life care
Stanford researchers are using artificial intelligence algorithms to predict the mortality of patients in time for palliative care physicians to identify and treat patients who could benefit from end-of-life care. This article references Stephanie Harman, clinical associate professor of medicine, and Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science.

Scope, 01/18/18
--Breaking down diabetes: How to prevent complications
This post written by Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, examines strategies to avoid complications of diabetes. This is fifth in a series of eight blog posts discussing pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Associated Press, 01/25/18
--Scientists successfully clone monkeys; are humans up next?
Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai have successfully used the cloning technique used to produce Dolly the sheep to create healthy monkeys. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment here and in articles from HealthDay News and the New York Post.
Read on Healthy Day and New York Times

The Six Fifty, 01/23/18
--Frankenstein@200: Stanford explores the futurism of a centuries-old novel
This Q&A features the Frankenstein@200 series hosted by Stanford Medicine’s Medicine and the Muse program. Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and founder and director of the Medicine in the Muse program, and Joshua Stanley, program coordinator for Medicine and the Muse, are included.

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Advance Health Care Information

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

Upcoming events

SCBE Brown Bag

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 11am
Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Medicine/Stanford
Prevention Research Center, Stanford University
Topic: Engaging Diverse Communities to Understand Perceptions of Precision Health and Precision Health Research
Location: SCBE conference room at 1215 Welch road, Mod A.

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Medicine & the Muse Program

The 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference will be held at Stanford University from April 20-22, 2018.

A celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an
exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the
relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.


Alexander Nemerov
Professor, Art and Art History at Stanford University

Lester Friedman
Professor, Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Alvan Ikoku
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Medicine at Stanford University

Catherine Belling
Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

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Ways to Give Gifts

A gift may be made in the form of a check, securities, a bequest, or a complex trust arrangement designed to maximize tax advantages. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University.

For financial donations, please contact the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics at