Organ Transplantation - Ethical and Legal Challenges - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

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In this course we will assess the ethical and legal challenges posed by organ transplantation.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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What you'll learn on the course

Law
Transplantation
Medicine
Ethical medicine
Organ transplantation

Course programme

This course will be taught in Spanish with English subtitles; the required readings as well as the quizzes and other evaluation materials will be provided in both languages. The first successful organ transplantation was performed in 1954. Since then, the technique has evolved tremendously, giving hope and increased quality of life to many patients around the world. While the technology and drugs advance, several controversies persist regarding the way in which organs may be obtained. Some of these dilemmas arose on the very first day in which organs’ transplantation originated; others have emerged as a result of new phenomena such as transplantation tourism, the new possibilities brought by donation after cardio-circulatory death, or increasing knowledge about the remaining physiological functions detected in patients pronounced as brain dead. Almost all countries in the world forbid the selling of organs. Why? Although many people die while on the waiting lists, in no country does the Government confiscate cadaveric organs. Why? May minors be organ donors? Should we abandon the so-called “dead donor rule” and allow “organ-donation euthanasia”? How does the potential condition of becoming a donor influence the administration of end-of-life care? How should we avoid the eventual conflict of interests between those who care for the life of future recipients of organs and those who are in charge of the dying patient-eventual-donor? In this course we will explore the answers to these questions, and we will also engage in the assessment of the more recent challenges posed by novel transplantation techniques, and, albeit briefly, in the discussion regarding the fair distribution of organs.

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Pablo de Lora Prof. Dr. Pablo de Lora, Doctor en Derecho, Profesor Titular de Filosofía del Derecho (UAM).   Pablo de Lora es Profesor Titular de Filosofía del Derecho de la UAM. Buena parte de su investigación se centra en los desafíos que el avance de las ciencias biomédicas plantea al Derecho y la Ética. Sobre esa materia ha publicado numerosos artículos y varias monografías. Ha sido profesor visitante en la Universidad de Harvard y Rutgers entre otros centros. Pablo de Lora is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the School of Law of the UAM. His research interests lie at the intersection between Law and Bioethics. He has published many journal articles and several books on those topics. He has recently been Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Rutgers University (Camden).