Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (EJAIB) Vol 14 (5) September 2004

ISSN 1173-2571, Copyright 2004 (All rights reserved, for commercial reproductions but access open for personal use).
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pp. 174-189 Go to EJAIB September/November 2004 News

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.

Page, and titles of papers

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

International Bioethics Education Project News
Online teaching materials in Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese can be downloaded from
Textbook download site
Also we encourage any students to join the discussion on bioethics: Student listserve,

All contacts for project and evaluation to:
Darryl Macer, Ph.D.
Eubios Ethics Institute, P.O. Box 125
Tsukuba Science City 305-8691, JAPAN
Fax: Int+81-29-832-5402
Human Behaviourome Project

The index of papers in this file is together with links to powerpoint files are available on . All Emails and files are open for viewing at:
Contact: Darryl Macer.

ABA Membership List updates (2004)
ABA Membership

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
Aksoy (Turkey)
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,
Yours sincerely
Darryl Macer
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.

IAB Genetics & Bioethics Network: On-line The complete address list is updated on the Internet. Send all changes to Darryl Macer. Membership of the network is not restricted to members of IAB, but open to all. Those persons who are not paying subscription to EJAIB, or granted a waiver, however, will not receive EJAIB, the official journal of the IAB Genetics Network.
New addresses:
Stefano Fait, Doctoral Candidate
Department of Social Anthropology,
University of St.Andrews,
St.Andrews Fife KY16 9AL, Scotland
Home n Italy,
Via delle Ghiaie 20/1, 38100 Trento, Italy
Research Interests: twin studies, social studies of science, nature/nurture controversy,impact of genomics on society, professionalism and socio-political engagement, bioethics, history of science, Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment.

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