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Bioethics, Science, and Human Rights

Bioethics, Science, and Human Rights is a program designed to analyze and discuss the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding biomedical research. The program is a collaboration between Fundacion Crimson, Case Western University, and Partners Harvard Medical International. It brings together students from the United States and Argentina to analyze the latest technological developments in the biomedical sciences field and their impact on the society. The discussions will revolve around the relation between biomedical research, ethics and human rights, and the collaborations between academia and companies with global presence, with an emphasis on the latest advances in genomics, public health, and forensics in an international set up.

Bioethics class 2008
  • Students from Argentina and the US participate in the discussions on current ethical issues arising from the development of new technology in the Life Sciences field. The different cultures represented in the classes allow a fruitful exchange of ideas in a diverse environment (Fundacion Crimson, 2008).


Past courses included a number of bioethicists, physicians, biologists, lawyers, phylosophers, sociologists, NGO advocates, and clinical investigators who are experts in their fields. The diverse backgrounds facilitate the discussions of a specific topic from different points of view.

List of Past Lecturers

  • Salvador Bergel
  • Maria Julia Bertomeu
  • Carlos Correa
  • Alberto Diaz
  • Insoo Hyun
  • Eric Juengst
  • Luis Justo
  • Stella Lancuba
  • Moira Liljesthrom
  • Ignacio Maglio
  • Patricia Marshall
  • Marisa Miranda
  • Victor Penchaszadeh
  • Eduardo Rivera López
  • Victor Romanowski
  • Patricia Saidon
  • Arleen Salles
  • Roland Schramm
  • Susana Sommer
  • Patrick Taylor
  • Gustavo Vallejo
  • Susana Vidal


Students visit an Argentine Human Rights Organization

During Bioethics courses students and Faculty visit Argentine institutions that work in areas related to the topics discussed in class. The visits include Hospitals, Human Rights Organizations, Research Centers, Public Bank of Umbilical Cord Blood, and Museums. The picture above shows the meeting with Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, a Human Rights Organization that investigates the destiny of relatives abducted during the last Argentine dictatorship. So far about 100 grand-children were identified, some of them helped by DNA technology.