Topical list of News in Bioethics and Biotechnology
List is complete since 1991 in 35 topics. News from 1991-1993 are in the OLD news files, and from 1994 in the NEW files.
161 Editorial: Asian Bioethics Association (ABA) election -Darryl Macer
162-164 Buddhism, Health & Disease - Pinit Ratanakul
164-165 Response to Frank Leavitt in July 2004 EJAIB - Pinit Ratanakul
165-9 Mental health care in African traditional medicine and society: A Philosophical Appraisal - F. Peter Omonzejele
169-170 The Self and Mental Illness: Commentary on Omonzejele and Ratanakul - Frank J. Leavitt
170-174 E-Health, Health Promotion and Wellness Communities in Cyberspace - Hans-Martin Sass
Asian Bioethics Association (ABA) Election Notice
Dear ABA member,
According to the Constitution of ABA every two years there is an election for the Board of ABA. Please see the constitution for reference. In particular
"6.1 Officers of the Association shall be the President, seven vice-presidents (one from each of China, India, Japan, Korea, South Asia (East of India), West Asia (West of India), and Asian Ethnic and Religious Minorities, and a General Secretary. They are nominated and/or elected by members of the Association. The President can serve a maximum of two years in office. The Other Officers should stand re-election every two years."
"6.4 A vice-president can be elected for a maximum of two successive terms as a vice president."
Every member of good standing (=has registered with the secretary as a ABA member for 2004) can nominate candidates for the Board, stand for Board elections, and vote in the elections. The following board positions are up for re-election in October, 2004 with the new board to be announced on 10 November, 2004.
The board positions seeking nominations are:
1) President: vacant
(under the constitution Renzong Qiu (China) will retire)
One nomination has been received for the election of Sang-yong Song for the next ABA President.
Alternative candidates for the following other current Board members can be nominated, noting that all the current Board members have indicated they are willing to serve for the next period.
Vice President for China: Xiaomei Zhai
Vice President for India: Jayapaul Azariah
Vice President for Japan: Noritoshi Tanida
Vice President for Korea: Sang-yong Song [since he has been nominated for ABA President, if elected or unopposed, there needs to be a replacement]
Vice President for West Asia (West of India): Sahin
Vice-President for South Asia (East of India,
excluding other named regions): Leonardo de Castro
Vice President for Asian Ethnic and Religious
Minorities (e.g. Jews, Kurds, other ethnic groups or
religious minorities): Frank Leavitt (Israel)
Secretary: Darryl Macer (Japan/New Zealand)
The closing date for nomination and acceptance of alternative candidates is 12 October. Candidate names and acceptance from the candidates should be Emailed to:
In the event that there is only one candidate nominated by 13 October, the position will not need to be subject to election. If no candidate is nominated by then for any Board position a further call for candidates will be made by Email.
The positions which are contested will be subject to a secret Email ballot between 20 October and 5 November. Every paid up ABA member as of 30 September, 2004, can make one vote for each contested position.
Thanks for your participation in ABA, and continued support,
secretary, on behalf of the ABA Board
For those attending the IAB World Congress of Bioethics in Australia please look for an announcement of an ABA meeting during that Congress, time and location yet to be decided. Note that the Australiasian Bioethics Association also uses the abbreviation ABA, so please do not confuse the two! All Board members, new and old, and members and observers will be welcome.
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