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New Events and Publications by Bulgarian Center for Bioethics


D-r Assya Pascalev, Director of BCB, presented the keynote report "Trafficking of Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal" at the National Roundtable "Current Forms and Trends in the Traffic in Human Beings", organized by the National Commission for Combating Traffic in Human Beings on October 14, 2016. The forum was opened by Mme Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and Chairwoman of NCCTHB. It included representatives of the leading governmental and non-governmental organizations working on combating human trafficking.

Two BCB reports on the issue of human trafficking for organ transplantation, co-authored with leading international experts on the topic, are published in a special issue of the journal Transplantation Direct and are now available online:


Dr. Assya Pascalev and Dr. Mario Pascalev of the Bulgarian Center for Bioethics and Dr. James Giordano of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University published a new article in the journal Neuroethics entitled "Head Transplants, Personal Identity and Neuroethics." Dr. A. Pascalev was interviewed on the subject for the article "The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head" in The Atlantic.

Dr. Mario Pascalev published the article "Privacy exchanges: restoring consent in
privacy self-management"
, containing a proposal to improve online privacy, in the journal Ethics and Information Technology.

About the Center

Founded in 2004 in Sofia, the Center is an independent, non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote the development and application of bioethics in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Center for Bioethics is a full member of the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME). The Center is the only organization in Bulgaria dedicated exclusively to the questions of bioethics. Its areas of concern include biomedical ethics, research ethics, the ethics of biotechnology, animal welfare and agricultural ethics.

The Center advocates for and defends the rights of patients, the interests of participants in human subject research, the welfare of animals and the responsible treatment of the environment. The Center works to improve the quality of Bulgarian healthcare and to facilitate the harmonization of Bulgarian legislation with the highest international bioethical norms and standards.

The Center serves as a forum for public discussions on current bioethical issues. It fosters research and offers consultations and education in all areas of bioethics.

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