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    Ethical considerations in functional magnetic resonance imaging research in acutely comatose patients
    with Charles Weijer, Teneille Gofton, G. Bryan Young, Loretta Norton, Andrew Peterson, and Adrian M. Owen
    Brain 0-0. 2015.
    After severe brain injury, one of the key challenges for medical doctors is to determine the patient’s prognosis. Who will do well? Who will not do well? Physicians need to know this, and families need to do this too, to address choices regarding the continuation of life supporting therapies. However, current prognostication methods are insufficient to provide a reliable prognosis. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) holds considerable promise for improving the accuracy of prognosis in …Read more
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    Cystic fibrosis carrier screening in Veneto (Italy): an ethical analysis (review)
    with Matteo Mameli, Gabriella Pravettoni, and Giovanni Boniolo
    Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 15 (3): 321-328. 2012.
    A recent study by Castellani et al. (JAMA 302(23):2573–2579, 2009) describes the population-level effects of the choices of individuals who underwent molecular carrier screening for cystic fibrosis (CF) in Veneto, in the northeastern part of Italy, between 1993 and 2007. We discuss some of the ethical issues raised by the policies and individual choices that are the subject of this study. In particular, (1) we discuss the ethical issues raised by the acquisition of genetic information through an…Read more
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    Functional MRI shows promise as a candidate prognostication method in acutely comatose patients following severe brain injury. However, further research is needed before this technique becomes appropriate for clinical practice. Drawing on a clinical case, we investigate the process of obtaining informed consent for this kind of research and identify four ethical issues. After describing each issue, we propose potential solutions which would make a patient’s participation in research compatible w…Read more
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    Is Free Will a Necessary Condition for Instrumental Rationality?
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 1 (4): 49-50. 2010.
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    Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Lesions and Motivational Internalism
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 3 (3): 19-23. 2012.
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    Neuroscience and Moral Reliability
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 2 (2): 15-17. 2011.
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    The Ambivalence of Moral Psychology
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 2 (4): 13-15. 2011.
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    “Democratization” has recently become a popular trope in Western public discourses on medicine, where it refers to patient participation in the gathering and distribution of health-related data using various digital technologies, in order to improve healthcare technically and socially. We critically analyze the usage of the term from the perspective of the “politics of buzzwords.” Our claim is that the phrase works primarily to publicly justify the dramatic increase in the application of informa…Read more