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COVID-19 in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Center for Bioethics supports the recommendations for combating COVID-19, expressed in Val Todorov's paper Test and Trace: A Long-Term Strategy for combating COVID-19 (in Bulgarian). We recommend Tomas Pueyo' excellent analysis in his article Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance.

Events by Bulgarian Center for Bioethics

BCB marked the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobil incident with a media presentation by Bulgarian photographer Milen Tsvetanov titled "33 Years of Silence." Milen visited the Exclusionary Zone in Pripiat in the spring of 2019 and took photographs using drones and a high quality digital camera to bring to the public unforgettable and previously unseen images from The Zone. The event took place at Cinema G8 in July 12, 2019. The event was hosted by BCB Director Dr. Pascalev and was co-sponsored by Mr. Milen Tsvetanov.

Dr. Assya Pascalev, Executive Director of BCB, presented a concept for establishing Bulgaria as a hub for clinical research adhering to the highest ethical, legal and technological standards at the First Discussion Forum of the Biotechnology and Health Cluster "The Capabilities of Bulgaria to Become an European Hub for Pre-clinical Research and Phase 1, 2, 3, and 4” that took place at Sofia Tech Park on June 11, 2019.

Mario Pascalev, Fellow of the Center, 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.

Two BCB reports on human trafficking for organ transplantation, co-authored with leading international experts, have been published in a special issue of the journal Transplantation Direct and are now available online: The first report is "Trafficking of Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal: A Comprehensive Literature Review". The second report is "Protection of Persons Targeted or Trafficked for the Purpose of Organ Removal: Recommendations".

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.

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." As of October 2018, the article had 700 downloads on Research Gate and was quoted 12 times in scientific publications. 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.

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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