In the News


Scope, 11/02/17
--Too high: Current blood pressure targets may not be low enough
In the final piece in a five-part series, “Too High,” created for those with high blood pressure and their family and friends, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, writes about determining the appropriate blood pressure target.

STAT News, 11/06/17
--Tiny human brain organoids implanted into rodents, triggering ethical concerns
Scientists have implanted tiny human brain organoids into lab rats and mice, raising ethical concerns. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in this piece.

General Surgery News, 11/09/17
--Avoiding malpractice for breast surgeons
Michelle Mello, professor of health research and policy and of law, provides comment in this piece about reconciling adverse events with patients and family members as a way to avoid malpractice claims.

Associated Press, 11/15/17
U.S. scientists try 1st gene editing in the body
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the human body as an attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment here.

Inside Stanford Medicine, 11/16/17
--5 Questions: Randall Stafford on new blood pressure guidelines
In this Q&A, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices at Stanford, discusses the new, redefined guidelines for high blood pressure.

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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.

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

Upcoming event

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11am
Michelle Mello, JD, PhD
Professor of Law and Health Research and Policy
Stanford Law School
Topic: Clinical Trial Participants' Views of Clinical Trial Data Sharing
Location: SCBE conference room at 1215 Welch road, Mod A.

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Employment Opportunities


The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) announces a post-doctoral research position.

Program Director:
  David Magnus, PhD

Funding source: Stanford Hospital and Clinics

Appointment:  Two years

Qualifications: Candidates must have a terminal advanced degree (e.g., PhD, MD or JD).  We are seeking candidates with a background in social science, ethics, law, philosophy, medicine or other related disciplines.

Job description:  
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Application deadline:  January 15th, 2018. For a start date at August 1st, 2018.