- Darryl Macer, Ph.D.

Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba Science City, 305, JAPAN

Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter 3 (1993), 15.

Anyone interesting in participating in an international bioethics survey project - which will involve free response and set question opinion surveys throughout 1993 in different countries - should contact me. Such surveys will commence in New Zealand, Australia and Japan in March. Surveys in India, Israel, Russia and Thailand will commence soon after. Surveys in other countries are also planned. Questionnaires are available if you are interested in conducting such research in other countries. Some questions have been used previously in various countries of the world. The topics cover some issues of bioethics, biotechnology, medical genetics, and attitudes to the environment.

The surveys include many open questions to look at the reasoning of people. In order to develop cross-cultural ethics we must examine the reasoning that people have. Academics are too often distant from the reasoning of ordinary people, so a survey is a useful additional to the instruments that are available to examine international bioethics.

If you are interested in joining in an international discussion you are invited to join in a forthcoming seminar and workshop - 19-21 Nov, in Fukui, Japan. Part of this seminar will be a workshop, which will consider international attitudes and policy concerning the question of what is a disease and what is not? Where do we draw the line between therapy and enhancement? What are neurological disorders and what is merely failing to meet the expectations of society or ourselves?

At the end of this newsletter is the continuation of a list of bioethics centres, that will accumulate throughout the year. Please send additions and omissions.

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