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Ethical Issues in Neurology

On 26 May 2016 CSB organized in cooperation with the Serbian Unit and European Division of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, as well as with the Institute for Social Sciences, the lecture "Ethical Issues in Neurology". The lecturer was Eleonora Džoljić, MD, PhD. Milica Milašinović moderated the lecture.


Media and Science

On 19 May 2016 CSB organized in cooperation with the Serbian Unit and European Division of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, as well as with the Institute for Social Sciences, the lecture "Media and Science". The lecturer was Editor-in-chief of the Educational and Scientific Program of Serbian State TV, Ilija Cerović. Stefan Mićić moderated the lecture.


Ethics and Psychotherapy

On 12 May 2016 CSB organized in cooperation with the Serbian Unit and European Division of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, as well as with the Institute for Social Sciences, the lecture "Ethics and Psychotherapy". The lecturer was psychologist Anja Živković. Dejan Pejović moderated the lecture.



The Moral Status of a Human Fetus

On 21 April 2016 CSB organized the lecture "The Moral Status of a Human Fetus". The lecturer was Stefan Mićić. Tanja Komnenović moderated the lecture.



Extended Cognition and Ethics


On 14 April 2016 CSB organized the lecture "Extended Cognition and Ethics". The lecturer was Miljana Milojević, PhD, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade University. Milica Milašinović moderated the lecture.



Christian Bioethics: Fundamental Questions


On 7 April 2016 CSB organized the lecture "Christian Bioethics: Fundamental Questions". The lecturer was Vukašin Milićević. Stefan Mićić moderated the lecture.


BIOETHICS AND PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

Professor Vojin Rakić, PhD, gave a lecture on 4 April 2016 at the Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković", University of Belgrade, entitled "Bioethics and Personalized Medicine".


Infertility - Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Serbia


On 31 March 2016 CSB organized the lecture "Infertility - Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Serbia". The lecturer was Professor Aleksandar Vuksanović, PhD, School of Medicine, Belgrade University. Tijana Petković moderated the lecture.


Bioethical awareness in journalism


On 24 March CSB organized the lecture "Bioethical awareness in journalism". The lecturer was Danijela Davidov Kesar, journalist of the "Politika" Newspaper. Stefan Mićić moderated the lecture.


'Misuse' of the notion of rareness in the definition of Rare Diseases

On 17 March CSB organized the lecture "'Misuse' of the notion of rareness in the definition of Rare Diseases". The lecturer was Davor Duboka, Executive Director of National Organization for Rare Diseases of Serbia. Tijana Petković moderated the lecture.


Rare Diseases: National Strategy Proposal

On 10 March 2016 CSB organized the lecture "Rare Diseases: National Strategy Proposal". The lecturer was Professor Djuro Macut, School of Medicine, Belgrade University. Milica Milašinović moderated the lecture.


Disaster Bioethics: Theory and Practice


On 5 March CSB organized the lecture "Disaster Bioethics: Theory and Practice". The lecturer was Dónal O'Mathúna, PhD, Dublin City University in Ireland. Professor Dušanka Krajnović moderated the lecture.


Medical Genetics, Incidental Findings and Bioethics: a Survey of 4th Year Medical Students' Opinions

On 5 March CSB organized the lecture "Medical Genetics, Incidental Findings and Bioethics: a Survey of 4th Year Medical Students' Opinions". The lecturer was Natália Maria Paiva de Oliva Teles, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto and Centro de Genética Médica Doutor Jacinto Magalhães (CGMJM) / Centro Hospitalar do Porto, E.P.E. (CHP). Professor Dušanka Krajnović moderated the lecture.


CSB organized workshop "Bioethics Education for Journalists"

The Center for the Study of Bioethics has started with the implementation of the project "Bioethics Education for Journalist". The project is supported by a consortium of international and Serbian companies.

The realization of this project has begun on 22nd December, with educational workshop. Attendees were journalists and editors-in-chief of some of the most important media houses in Serbia.

The workshop was moderated by Amira Fazlagic. The introductory speech was delivered by Vojin Rakic, followed by speeches of Dusica Krajnovic, Sonja Pavlovic and Amira Fazlagic. After the workshop, dinner party was held.

Workshop in progress 

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Vojin Rakic gives interview for RTS 19:30h News  

Dinner party


WORLD BIOETHICS DAY

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa) announces the First celebration of WORLD BIOETHICS DAY globally on 19th October 2016. It is decided to celebrate the common program by all the Units in the world. The theme for this year's celebration is 'Human Dignity and Human Rights' (Article 3 of Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights).


CSB/Hastings conference held in Belgrade

The international conference "Enhancing Understanding of Enhancement", organized by the Center for the Study of Bioethics in collaboration with The Hastings Center, took place in Belgrade on October 27-28. Among the participants, who came from 24 countries representing all five continents, were some of the most prominent contemporary bioethicists: John Harris (keynote speaker), Erik Parens (keynote speaker), Anders Sandberg, Michael Hauskeller, Robert Sparrow, Maartje Schermer, Ineke Bolt and many others.

At the event's opening ceremony, the participants were first greeted by Vojin Rakić, Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Sciences. Afterwards the participants were addressed by  Mildred Solomon, President of The Hastings Center, and Srđan Verbić, Minister of Science, Education and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. The final speaker to address the audience at the opening ceremony was Aleksandar Damjanović, Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics and Director of the Institute for Psychiatry, University of Belgrade.

The conference lasted for two days, with simultaneous presentation panels taking place in two halls of the Imel Group venue.

All of the most prominent Serbian media have reported on this significant scientific event, which has also received outstanding public attention in other countries.



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Rare Diseases and the challenge of providing adequate healthcare


On 24 December CSB organized the lecture "Rare Diseases and the challenge of providing adequate healthcare". The lecturers were dr Marta Sjeničić (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade) and dr Marko Milenković (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade). Tanja Komnenović moderated the lecture.


Is the patient always right?


On 17 December CSB organized the lecture "Is the patient always right?". The lecturer was Lada Zibar, MD, PhD, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Josip Juraj Štrosmajer University of Osijek. Stefan Mićić moderated the lecture.



Political, ethical and socio-cultural aspects of breastfeeding: lactivism and its critiques


On 10 December CSB organized the lecture "Political, ethical and socio-cultural aspects of breastfeeding: lactivism and its critiques". The lecturer was dr Suzana Ignjatović, Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade. Danilo Polić moderated the lecture.


What is the Human and What is Crisis?

On 3 December CSB organized the lecture "What is the Human and What is Crisis?". The lecturer was Professor Vladeta Jerotić, member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Professor Vojin Rakić moderated the lecture.

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Breast-feeding and intelligence: facts, causes and open questions

On 26 November CSB organized the lecture "Breast-feeding and intelligence: facts, causes and open questions". The lecturer was dr Željka Buturović, Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade. Dr Dragoljub Kaurin moderated the lecture.


Evolvability as an Evolved Ability: Biospheric Selection, the Gaia Hypothesis and Panspermia

On 19 November CSB organized the lecture "Evolvability as an Evolved Ability: Biospheric Selection, the Gaia Hypothesis and Panspermia". The lecturers were Professor Milan Ćirković (Associate Member of the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade) and dr Srđa Janković (University Children's Hospital, Belgrade). Tanja Komnenović moderated the lecture.



Ethical Aspects of Suicide

On 12 November CSB organized the lecture "Ethical Aspects of Suicide". The lecturer was Professor Gordana Dedić, Medical Faculty, Military Medical Academy, Belgrade University. Dejan Pejović moderated the lecture.


Euthanasia

On 5 November CSB organized the lecture "Euthanasia". The lecturer was Assistant Professor Rastko Jović, Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Belgrade University. Dejan Pejović moderated the lecture.




Genetic Enhancement and the Egalitarian Ethos

On 31 October CSB organized the lecture "Genetic Enhancement and the Egalitarian Ethos". The lecturer was Oliver Feeney, PhD, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Professor Dušanka Krajnović moderated the lecture that was followed by a lively discussion.




Cognitive Enhancements in Avatar Based Schizophrenia Therapy

On 30 October CSB organized the lecture "Cognitive Enhancements in Avatar Based Schizophrenia Therapy". The lecturer was Alexander Gerner, PhD, the Centre of Philosophy of Science at the Science Faculty of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL). Natalija Trivić moderated the lecture.



Are you my mother? How new reproductive technologies are reshaping what it means to be a parent.

On 29 October the Center for the Study of Bioethics, in collaboration with the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, organized the lecture "Are you my mother? How new reproductive technologies are reshaping what it means to be a parent.". The lecturer was Robert Sparrow.
Robert Sparrow is a Professor in the Philosophy Program, a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, as well as an adjunct Professor in the Centre for Human Bioethics, at Monash University, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies.


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Narratives and images of illness and care

On 26 October CSB organized the lecture "Narratives and images of illness and care". The lecturer was Lucia Galvagni, PhD, researcher at the Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento (Italy). Professor Dušanka Krajnović moderated the lecture.




Enhancing the brain: Are there reasons to worry?

On 26 October CSB organized the lecture "Enhancing the brain: Are there reasons to worry?". The lecturer was Salvör Nordal, PhD, Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Iceland. Professor Dušanka Krajnović moderated the lecture.




Legal Aspects of Organ Donation Euthanasia

On 22 October CSB organized the lecture "Legal Aspects of Organ Donation Euthanasia". The lecturer was Professor Violeta Beširević, Faculty of Law, Union University, Belgrade. Milica Milašinović moderated the lecture.




Neurological basis of morality

On 15 October CSB organized the lecture "Neurological basis of morality". The lecturer was dr Jelena R. Dačković, Institute for Neurology, Clinical Center of Serbia. Tanja Komnenović moderated the lecture.




Bioethics Between Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy

On 8 October CSB organized the lecture "Bioethics Between Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy". The lecturer was dr Srđa Zlopaša, psychiatrist at the Institute for Psychiatry of the University of Belgrade. Stefan Mićić moderated the lecture that was followed by a long discussion.




Ethical dilemmas raised by early announcement of embryonic anomalies and child's gender to the parents

On 1 October 2015 CSB organized the lecture "Ethical dilemmas raised by early announcement of embryonic anomalies and child's gender to the parents". The lecturer was Miroslava Gojnić-Dugalić, Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. Danilo Polić acted as a moderator of the lecture that was followed by a lively discussion.




Lecture and Interview of Vojin Rakić in Innsbruck

CSB Director Vojin Rakić has been invited by the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) to present CSB as a best practice model. On 8 May he delivered a lecture on that subject in Innsbruck. During his stay in Innsbruck, Rakić also gave a 40 minute interview for a Austrian documentary film entitled „The Future Baby“.




Brocher workshop


CSB co-organized a seminar on genetic counseling from 20 to 22 May with its German partner Charite Hospital. The title of the seminar was “Genetics, Testing, Screening and Science, Paving the Way for a Decision Making Model in Genetic Counseling”. The project has been funded by the Brocher Foundation. This is one of three projects from the field of genetic counseling in which CSB participates.
One of the seminar participants was the renowned American bioethicist, Professor Arthur Caplan.CSB representatives at Brocher were Professor Vojin Rakić (www.vojinrakic.com), Dr Hajrija Mujović-Zornić and Professor Dušanka Krajnović.



Zvonko Magić: Bioethical Activities of the Council of Europe”


On 21 May,CSB organized the lectureBioethical Activities of the Council of Europe”. The lecturer was Zvonko Magić from the Council of Europe and the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade. Olivera Mijušković, the Program Coordinator of CSB, was tasked with moderating the lecture. The lecture has been followed by a vivid discussion.



Vladislav Stefanović: “Plagiarism in science”


On 14 May, CSB organized the lecture “Plagiarism in Science”. The lecturer was Academician Vladislav Stefanović from the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Professor Rakić opened the lecture while Dr Dragoljub Kaurin was tasked with moderating the lecture. The lecture has been followed by a vivid discussion and participants shared their views and experience on the issue of plagiarism in science. Books on bioethics were distributed as presents to lecture attendees.



Marta Sjeničić: “Legal and Ethical Issues Within the Context of Personalized Medicine”

On 7 May,the Center for the Study of Bioethics organized the lecture “Legal and Ethical Issues Within
the Context of Personalized Medicine”. Dr Marta Sjeničićfrom the Institute of Social Sciences
delivered the lecture. Questions and a discussion followed her talk.



RTS in new premises of the Center for the Study of Bioethics


On 30 April 2015, a TV-crew of RTS (Radio Television of Serbia) recorded a programabout junior staff members of the Center for the Study of Bioethics.  The interviewed researchers were: Olivera Z. Mijušković (PhM), Aleksandra Radosavljević and Dragoljub Kaurin (PhD).CSB Director Vojin Rakić was also interviewed.



Dušanka Krajnović: „Scientific Research Ethics and Publications: What is Plagiarism and how to Recognize it?“

On 30 April,Assistant ProfessorDušanka Krajnovićfrom the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Belgrade delivered the lecture „Scientific Research Ethics and Publications: What is Plagiarism and how to Recognize it?“



Seminar „Bioethics in the classroom“


On 25 April the first part of the seminar „Bioethics in the classroom“ was realized. The seminar has been accredited by The Agency for the Advancement of Education of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The seminar was organized by The Center for the Development of Liberalism, with the support of the Center for the Study of Bioethics. The first day of the seminar was dedicated to subjects of introduction in bioethics, abortion and euthanasia. The meeting was opened by Professor Vojin Rakić.



“Autonomy and Care in Pediatric and Geriatric Ethics”


On 23 April,Assistant Professor Ivan Vuković from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Univerrsity of Belgrade gave the lecture“Autonomy and Care in Pediatric and Geriatric Ethics”.



Lecture in partnership with the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade


On 22 April, the Center for the Study of Bioethics and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgradeorganized and realized a debate headlined „Gender Changes in Serbia“. Atthe meeting participants debated on the status of transsexual individuals in society, in the perspectiveof medical, legal and philosophical issues arising in its context. The debate was held at The Faculty of Philosophy.
Presentations were delivered by experts in genital surgery, in which Serbia occupies one of the leading positions in the world: Professor Miroslav Đorđević, a leading genital surgeonwho has performed hundreds of surgical procedures of gender change in different countries, Dr Dragana Duišin, Head of the Department for Transgender Conditions at The Clinical Center of Serbia (KBS Srbije), Jelena Simić,  Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty of Union University. One of the participants in the debate was Kristian Ranđelović, activist of the organization „Multiple discrimination – trans program“.



Valentina Marinković: “Clinical Research, Regulatory and Moral Challenges”


On 9 April, Professor Valentina Marinković from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Univerrsity of Belgrade held the  lecture: “Clinical Research, Regulatory and Moral Challenges”


Guest lectures by Professor VojinRakić

Between 26 March and 8 April Professor Vojin Rakićheld two guest lectures from the field of bioethics and participated in one a debate:
1.In the framework of the Belgrade Seminar Series for Analytic Philosophy and Logic (BAL), he held on 26 March at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade the lecture „Moral Enhancement, Freedom of the Will and Change of Moral Status”.

2. On 30 March Vojin Rakić deliveredthe lecture „Pharmacogenomics: Bioethical Aspects“ at The Institute for Biological Research „Siniša Stanković“ (IBISS)
3. In the organization of The Kolarac Foundation and The Institute for Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, within a forum session „Morality and Animals“, a final debate „Morally Relevant Individuals“was held on 8 April, 2015. Participants in the debate were: Professor Vojin Rakić, PhD (Center for the Study of Bioethics), Assistant Professor Ivan Vuković, PhD (Faculty of Philosophy), Assistant Professor Miljana Milojević, PhD (Faculty of Philosophy) and Nataša Vukmirović (Link-plus Association).



Continuous Medical Education headlined „Education for Members of Ethics Committees in Serbia“

On 6 April, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Belgrade, in partnership with the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and with the support of the Center for the Study of Bioethics, organized a seminar within the program Continuous Medical Education. The title of the seminar was„Education for Members of Ethics Committees in Serbia“. This program of Continuous Medical Education was also accredited by The Council for Health of The Republic of Serbia.
The lecturers were, in order of their presentations: Professor Vojin Rakić(CSB, Institute of Social Sciences), Dr Hajrija Mujović Zornić (CSB,  Institute of Social Sciences), Professor Dušanka Krajnović (CSB,Faculty of Pharmacy), Professor Aleksandar Damjanović (CSB, Faculty of Medicine), Professor Ivana Novaković, (Faculty of Medicine), Professor Zoran Todorović (Faculty of Medicine), Professor Slobodan Savić (Faculty of Medicine ), Professor Milica Bajčetić, (Faculty of Medicine) and Vera Zdravković (Faculty of Medicine).



Milica Prostran: “Substitution Drugs – Ethical Aspects”


On 2 April, Professor Milica Prostran from the Facultyl of Medicine of the University of Belgrade gave the lecture “Substitution Drugs – Ethical Aspects”



Marina Stamenković-Radak: “Genetic Research and Article 16 of UNESCO’s Declaration of Human Rights and Bioethics: Defence of Future Generations”


On 26 March, Professor Marina Stamenković-Radak from the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade held the lecture“Genetic Research and Article 16 of UNESCO’s Declaration of Human Rights and Bioethics: Defence of Future Generations”



Zorica Mršević: „The Understanding of Violence“


On 19 March, Professor Zorica Mršević from the Institute of Social Sciences delivered the lecture „The Understanding of Violence“.



Symposium „Reproductive Health in Serbia“


The Center for the Study of Bioethics organized and realized the symposium „Reproductive Health in Serbia – Prejudices, Facts and Expectations“within the Program of Continuous Medical Education. The program is accredited by The Council for Health of The Republic of Serbia.
In a full Imel Group’s hall the conference was opened by the Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Professor Vojin Rakić. The moderator and manager of the entire seminar was Professor Amira Fazlagić.
Presentations were delivered by various experts in the field: Professor Mirjana Rašević, Professor Dušanka Krajnović, Professor Marina Odalović, Professor Aleksandar Vuksanović, DrSonja Pavlović, Professor Miroslava Gojnić-Dugalić, Professor Milica Džinić and DrHajrija Mujović-Zornić.



Katarina Zeljić“:“Why is it important that we do well, from the researcher’s perspective (Ethics of Scientific Research)”?

On 12 March,Assistant Professor Katarina Zeljić from the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade gave the lecture “Why is it important that we do well, from the researcher’s perspective (Ethics of Scientific Research)”?


Annual Ceremony of Center for the Study of Bioethics

The Center for the Study of Bioethics has organized on 10 March 2015  its Annual Ceremony in order to celebrate a successful year of the Center's activities.
The Annual Ceremony was opened by Professor Vladimir Bumbasirevic, Rector of Belgrade University. He underlined both the domestic and foreign significance of CSB.  The Rector`s speech was followed by lectures of Professor Aleksandar Damjanovic (Belgrade University, Director of the Institute for Psychiatry of the Clinical Center of Serbia) and Professor Elvio Baccarini (University of Rijeka in Croatia). All three speeches were largely devoted to the publications of Professor Vojin Rakic.
At the Ceremony, the CSB Director Vojin Rakic delivered thanksgiving certificates to people who had the most significant contribution to the activities and growth of CSB: prof.dr Vladimir Bumbasirevic, prof. dr Milan Cirkovic, prof. dr Aleksandar Damjanovic, prof.dr Amira Fazlagic, prof. dr Dusanka Krajnovic, PhM Olivera Z. Mijuskovic, dr Sonja Pavlovic, prof. dr Milica Prostran, prof. dr Mirjana Rasevic and dipl. ing. Mirko Urosevic.
The CSB Annual Ceremony was followed by significant media coverage.
The choir Collegium  Musicum was responsible for the artistic part of the Ceremony. 

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Promotion of Elvio Baccarini's book  - "In a Better World Public? Reason and Biotechnologies"


Ther Center for the Study of Bioethics and the Institute for Social Sciences orginized the promotion of the book In a Better World Public? Reason and Biotechnologies, published by Professor Elvio Baccarini from the University of Rijeka in Croatia. Dr Nebojsa Zelic, Senior Teaching Assistent from the Faculty of Philosophy of Rijeka University, discussed Baccarini`s book in depth. The talks were followed by a debate in which various people from the audience participated.



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Adopting  Zoja's Law


The Center for the Study of Bioethics organized in partnership with the Center for Legal Research of the Institute of Social Sciences the debate "Adopting Zoja's Law".
The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia recently adopted a law on the prevention and diagnosis of genetic diseases, genetic anomalies and rare diseases, commonly known as “Zoja's Law”.
Zoja's Law caused a great deal of attention in the Serbian public. It is named after the girl Zoja, who died from a rare disease (Batten Disease). This law provides the possibility that children from Serbia suffering from genetically caused diseases and anomalies or rare diseases can obtain suitable treatment abroad. If doctors cannot find a proper diagnosis within six months, they are obliged to send samples of tissue and blood to clinics outside Serbia. This is to be funded by the Serbian state.
Zoja's Law gained unanimous support from the MPs. Zoja's law is sometimes referred to as to the  “Law of victory of life” (“Zoe” means “life”). Still, certain aspects of this law were a matter of controversy. They were debated at this CSB gathering.
People who participated in the meeting had a lead role in the adoption of Zoja`s Law:
Hajrija Mujovic Zornic, PhD, Principal Research Fellow of the Institute of Social Sciences, one of the authors of the law
Bojana Mirosavljevic, mother of Zoja
Professor Dusan Milisavljevic, PhD, MP who proposed Zoja`s Law to Parliament
During the debate, Professor Dusan Milisavljevic and a group of geneticists who had certain reservations about the Law, agreed to meet in order to draft by-laws  that could help in overcoming them.  



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The Center for the Study of Bioethics signed an agreement on cooperation and the formation of a representative office of CSB at the European institute of Oncology (EIO) in Milan

EIO is one of the most renowned institutes/clinics of that kind, where research and treatment of malignant diseases is conducted. The EIO employs 600 physicians and other medical personnel. Its ccapacity is 230 beds. EIO is known for the use of the most advanced technologies in oncological surgery, such as robotics. Professor Giovanni Boniolo has been appointed as the President of the Steering Board of CSB's representative office at EIO. Professor Giovanni Boniolo holds a PhD both in philosophy and in physics, and he is a Director of the Biomedical Humanities Unit at the European Institute of Oncology. He is also Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Milan. Apart from Professor Boniolo, in the Steering Board of CSB's representative office are dr Marco Annoni (University of Milan), Luca Chiapperino (EIO) and dr Maria Damjanovicova (EIO).


The Center for the Study of Bioethics Announces its Collaboration with Global Bioethics Initiative


We are happy to announce a collaboration between CSB and Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI), a United Nations-associated non-profit organization based in New York City. We have teamed up because we share the common goal of promoting awareness and discussion of bioethical issues. Our cooperation should help facilitate the exchange of information, the organization of seminars and conferences, and the advancement of other activities that are important to the development of bioethics. We hope that by combining our networks we will be able to reach more people.

Many of the most reputable names in bioethics are members of GBI, including Thomas Pogge, Arthur Caplan, Peter Singer, James Hughes, and actress Mia Farrow. Check out their website: http://globalbioethics.org/



Pursuant to our shared goals, we would like to encourage researchers, scientists, and students from Serbia to participate in GBI’s International Bioethics Summer Program. The program will be held in Manhattan from June 15 – July 18, 2015. Learn more about the program and application procedures on the program’s website: http://summerschool.globalbioethics.org/



Summer School of Bioethics in New York - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

BIOETHICS IN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE - A CHALLENGE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

On 19 February 2015 the Center for the Study of Bioethics organized in partnership with the Institute for Social Sciences and the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics a lecture by Professor Amira Fazlagić: "Bioethics in regenerative medicine - a challenge for the 21st century". Amira Fazlagić is President of the National Association for the Promotion and Development of Regenerative Medicine, as well as Advisor for Medical Affairs of Europe's largest stem cell bank Cryo-Save. She is a Regular Member of the Center for the Study of Bioethics and General Secretary of the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics.

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MORAL ENHANCEMENT AND SEROTONIN

On 5 February 2015 the Center for the Study of Bioethics organized in partnership with the Institute for Social Sciences a lecture by Professor Aleksandrar Damjanovic: "Moral Enhancement and Serotonin." Aleksandar Damjanovic is a Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine of the University of Belgrade, Director of the Institute for Psychiatry of the Clinical Center of Serbia, Regular Member of the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Assistant Director of the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (in charge of bioethics education), member of the Cambridge Working Group for Bioethics Education in Serbia and the President of the National Commission for Mental Health.

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PERSONALIZED MEDICINE: AN OPPORTUNITY AND CHALLENGE FOR MODERN SCIENCE

On 29 December 2014 the Center for the Study of Bioethics organized i partnership with the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics a lecture by Dr Sonja Pavlovic: "Personalized medicine: an opportunity and challenge for modern science". Sonja Pavlovic is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade.

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ETHICAL ASPECTS OF SURGICAL TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY

On 18 December 2014 the Center for the Study of Bioethics organized a lecture by Professor Nikola Vojvodić: “Ethical aspects of surgical treatment of epilepsy”. Nikola Vojvodić works at the Department of Neurology at the Clinical Center of Serbia, he is Professor at the School of Medicine of the Universiy of Belgrade and Deputy Head of the Department for Research and Development of the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics.

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Lecture Rosa Rantanen

On 4 December 2014 the Center for the Study of Bioethics organized the lecture "Life Extension, Stem Cells and Public Attitudes”, delivered by Ms Rosa Rantanen, a PhD student at the University of Turku in Finland and Research Fellow of the Center for the Study of Bioethics in Belgrade. The lecture was held at the Institute for Social Sciences.

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Genetic Quality Management - Genes, Information, You & Health

On 28 and 29 November 2015 the Center for the Study of Bioethics and the Charite Krankenhaus in Berlin co-organized the seminar "Genetic Quality Management - Genes, Information, You & Health".
The seminar was held in Berlin in the framework of a common project of CSB and the Charite Krankenhaus. It is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The meeting received institutional support and/or support in human resources from the Faculty of Biology, the Institute for Social Sciences, the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Institute for Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering of the University of Belgrade. Ten scholars from Serbia attended the seminar, mostly CSB members.

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Lecture of Elvio Baccarini

On 14 November 2014, CSB and the Institute for Social Sciences organized the lecture “Public Justification and Moral Enhancement”. The lecture was held by Elvio Baccarini, Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Politics at the University of Rijeka.

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21st Century -An Era without Rare Diseases?

On September 23th 2014, the Center for the Study of Bioethics in partnership with the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics organized a seminar ”21st Century -An Era without Rare Diseases?". It gathered together the most famous Serbian experts in this field who have illuminated the problem of rare diseases from biomedical, ethical and legal perspectives. The seminar was opened by Professor Vojin Rakic. A special guest was Jelena Milosevic, President of the International Association for the F.O.P. and former President of the National Organization for Rare Diseases of Serbia - NORBS. Five experts, Professor Amira Fazlagic, dr Sonja Pavlovic, Dr Hajrija Mujovic-Zornic, Dr Dusanka Krajnovic  and Dr Nikola Vojvodic delivered their presentations. The seminar was moderated by Olivera Z. Mijuskovic, PhM.

In Serbia, there are more than 600,000 people suffering from rare diseases. Individually, each disease is rare, but when taken all together, the number of patients constitutes a serious problem. Similar statistics exist for other countries. A number of these diseases are inherited. With the advent of advanced biotechnology in the field of genetics, modern medicine is able to deal with them successfully. The question is whether these diseases could be completely eradicated in the future. Participants in the seminar tried to provide some answers to this question.

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Seminar “Disaster Bioethics: In the Aftermath of the Floods in Serbia”

On 10 June 2014, the seminar “Disaster Bioethics: In the Aftermath of the Floods in Serbia” gathered a number of bioethicists, philosophers, physicists, and psychologists who have all tried to shed light on bioethical problems that have surfaced regarding the recent catastrophic floods in Serbia. The seminar was organized by the Center for the Study of Bioethics in cooperation with the Center for the Promotion of Science. It was opened at the Center for the Promotion of Science by Aleksandra Drecun, the Director of the Center for Promotion of Science, and by the Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Professor Vojin Rakić. The following presentations were delivered:

Vojin Rakić:  “Do we become more moral when facing disasters?”
Milan M. Ćirković : “Risk analysis: Predictive capability, scalability and selectional effects”
Goran S. Milovanović: “Intuitive risk assessment and the issue of cognitive and moral enhancement”
Ana Vlajković: “Psychological aid in disaster settings: from theory to practice”



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Press Conference on the foundation of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics for Central and Eastern Europe in Belgrade

A press conference on the foundation of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics for Central and Eastern Europe (CAEE) was held in Belgrade on Friday, June 6. The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics for CAEE will reside in Belgrade and will be chaired by Professor Vojin Rakić, the Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Belgrade, and Head of the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics. The deputies of the chairman are Professor Tomaš Doležal (Research and Development), Czech Republic, and Professor Gabriele Werner-Felmayer (Education), Austria. The Executive Board of the UNSECO Chair in Bioethics for CAEE will also be seated in Belgrade and will be chaired by Professor Milan M. Ćirković from the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade and the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. The following associates of the Center for the Study of Bioethics have addressed the journalists:

• Professor Vojin Rakić, Research Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade, Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Head of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics for CAEE, Head of the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Chair of the Cambridge Working Group for Bioethics Education in Serbia;

• Professor Amira Fazlagić, Associate Professor, European University, Head of the Department for Research and Development of the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics; Cryo-Save;

• Professor Marina Stamenković Radak, Full Professor, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Deputy Head of the Department for Education of the Serbian Unit of the UNESCO Chair for Bioethics, Center for the Study of Bioethics;

• dr Goran S. Milovanović, Center for the Study of Bioethics, member of the Executive Board of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics for CAEE. ;


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SEMINAR "BIOETHICS OF LIFE AND DEATH"

The Center for the Study of Bioethics, in partnership with the Center for the Promotion of Science, has organized a seminar entitled "Bioethics of Life and Death", at the Science Club of the Center for Promotion of Science. Guests from the EU, as well as associates of the Center for the Study of Bioethics took part in the seminar. Several issues in relation to the bioethics of life and death were addressed: radical life extension, its possible social and psychological consequences, the question of cell life extension, as well as related issues. The speakers at the seminar were:

• Rosa Rantanen, M.Soc.Sc., Doctoral Candidate, University of Turku, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy: "Bioethical aspects of radical life extension"
• Marina Stamenković-Radak, Full Professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Biological Research, Center for the Study of Bioethics: "Cell life extension: costs and benefits?"
• Goran S. Milovanović, PhD, Center for the Study of Bioethics: "The psychology of Methuselah: On possible socio-psychological consequences of radical life extension"

The working language of the seminar was English.

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SEMINAR "DISASTER BIOETHICS: RISK AND RELIEF" OPENED BY MINISTER

The Central and Eastern European Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and the Center for the Study of Bioethics, in partnership with the Center for the Promotion of Science and the Center for the Development of Liberalism, have organized the seminar "Disaster Bioethics: Risk and Relief". The seminar has been realized in the framework of the project "COST Action IS1201: Disaster Bioethics: addressing ethical issues triggered by disasters".

The seminar was opened by Srdjan Verbic, the Serbian Minister for Education, Science and Technological Development.

Speakers at the seminar were CSB members Vojin Rakić, Milan Ćirković and Veselin Mitrović, as well as Bianca Buechner from the German Unit of the UENSCO Chair in Bioethics and Sheena Eagan Chamberin from the University of Maryland (USA).

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Organ Donation: A Merciful Act after Death

On 16 April 2014 the Center for the Promotion of Science and the Cambridge Working Group for Bioethics Education in Serbia organized a public debate in Belgrade: "Organ Donation: A Merciful Act after Death".

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Euthanasia in contemporary legal discourse: the Right to die with dignity

Lecture by Violeta Beširević, Professor of Law

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The Availability of Drugs and Medical Devices to Patients with Rare Diseases

Members of CSB have participated in the organization of the seminar "The Availability of Drugs and Medical Devices to Patients with Rare Diseases". It did so with the Faculty of Pharmacy of Belgrade University and its Student Organizations (BPSA) (coordinated by Vanja Milosevic) and the Department of Social Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Legislation (mentored by Andrijana Milosevic Georgiev). The seminar was held on 7 March 2014 at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Speakers at the seminar were Darko Laketic, Assistant Minister in the Serbian Ministry of Health, Sonja Pavlovic from the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Snezana Plavsic from the Institute for Public Health "Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut" and Vojin Rakic, Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics and Chair of the Cambridge Working Group for Bioethics Education in Serbia. Dusanka Krajnovic presented the results of a major project on rare diseases that is funded by the Serbian Minsitry of Education, Science and Technological Development. Further participants at this event were Dragan Djurovic, President of the "Association of Persons with Cystic Fibrosis", and Jelena Tomic, head of the "Association of Patients with Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis''.
The seminar was attended by students of pharmacy from the University in Belgrade, as well as their peers on a student exchange program from Croatia and Slovakia.

Cambridge Working Group for Bioethics Education in Serbia

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The Cambridge Working Group for Bioethics Education in Serbia has been established with the aim to bring together leading local and international experts in the fields of philosophy, medicine, biology, sociology - all of whom are envisioned to contribute to the development of bioethics education and research in Serbia.

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International conference "Enhancement: Cognitive, Moral and Mood"

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Between 14 and 16 May 2013 the international conference "Enhancement: Cognitive, Moral and Mood" was held in Belgrade. The event was organized by Vojin Rakić (Center for the Study of Bioethics) and Julian Savulescu (Oxford Centre for Neuroethics). The Center for the Development of Liberalism (CDL) co-organized the event. Everything about the conference can be found at the CDL site.


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