Ethics. Research. Community.

EdX Course: Organ Transplantation - Ethical and Legal Challenges

Type of Event


Event Starts

Sun, 02/01/2015 (All day)

Event Ends

Sun, 04/05/2015 (All day)

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. 

This course will be taught in Spanish, although the required
reading materials as well as the assessments will be provided in Spanish and