New chair named for bioethics center

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 21, 2009

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Glenn McGee, PhD, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Bioethics, was named the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Kansas City, Mo.-based Center for Practical Bioethics. He will start the job Jan. 1, 2010.

The position was established in 2005 with a $3 million endowment. McGee formerly served as director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute, based at Albany Medical College in New York, and has written two books on ethical issues related to cloning, genetics and DNA.

The Center for Practical Bioethics, started in 1984, has programs focused on end-of-life care, clinical ethics, health disparities and research ethics. The American Journal of Bioethics, a 10-year-old, peer-reviewed journal, now will be based at the center.

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