Events by Bulgarian Center for Bioethics

Dr. Assya Pascalev, Executive Director of BCB, took part in the Expert Meeting on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for the Removal of Organs, 6-7 July 2020, co-organized by the Office of the OSCE Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OSR/CTHB), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO)

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 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 Dimitrov, Fellow of the Center, published an article, 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".

Dr. Assya Pascalev 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 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 November 2020, the article had 987 downloads on Research Gate and was quoted 17 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.