Global Health

How to Optimize Human Biology: Where Genome Editing and Artificial Intelligence Collide

Genome editing and artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionize medicine in the United States and globally. Though neither are new technologies, the discovery of CRISPR in genome editing and advances in deep learning for AI could finally grant clinical utility to both. The medical use of these technologies individually could result in their eventual combined use, raising new and troubling ethical, legal, and social questions. If ongoing technical challenges can be overcome, will the convergence of AI and CRISPR result practitioners ‘optimizing’ human health?

Maternal and Women's Health, Two Years In: Measuring Progress Towards Meeting the SDGs

“The aspirations of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are really high, and the data that will enable that have a long way to go,” said Rachel Snow from the United Nations Population Fund at a Wilson Center event on July 14, 2017.

Continuing the Euromaidan through Healthcare Reform: A Conversation with Ukraine's Minister of Health

Ukraine’s Minister of Health Ulana Suprun believes the key to combatting corruption lies in the resolution of issues plaguing the medical system. Join us for a discussion about the vital role healthcare plays in the national security of Ukraine and the sweeping package of healthcare reforms currently before the Verkhovna Rada. Minister Suprun outlined how the adoption and implementation of these measures are crucial to continue the progress set in motion by the Euromaidan.

For India, Achieving the Next Generation of Maternal Health Goals Requires New Approaches

Achieving the next generation of maternal health goals in India, which accounts for almost 15 percent of maternal deaths around the world each year, will require innovative new approaches to stubborn problems.

TED Video: The Promise and Perils of DNA Editing

Today, we start envisioning the possibility to edit diseases like cancer out of our genome. But ethics and policy expert Eleonore Pauwels is urging researchers, doctors and policymakers to think together about how to design the best safety and governance mechanisms before they leap into a promising but somewhat uncertain technological future.

Midwives' Voices, Midwives' Realities: Results From the Largest Global Midwifery Survey

“Midwives play a vital role in the health care of mothers and babies,” said Samara Ferrara, a midwife from Mexico, at the Wilson Center on February 27. But in many parts of the world they face a confluence of stressors that make working conditions miserable: low and irregular pay; harassment and disrespect from both patients and doctors; and little supplies, training, or say in the policy dialogue about maternal health.

Podcast - Presidential Bioethics Commission: New Genetic Technologies and Society

It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but synthetic biology is becoming more and more commonplace. And as it becomes more commonplace, so do concerns about how we use it responsibly. Even simple-seeming bio hacks, such as making flowers glow or creating a breed of sterile mosquitoes, could have consequences for our ecosystem if they were released into nature. How should we safeguard against these possible risks?

The Urban Disadvantage: Maternal and Newborn Inequalities Among the Urban Poor

Urbanization is changing the face of poverty and marginalization, and the maternal and newborn health field needs to change too, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on January 24.

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