Vol 12, Iss 1 – Mar 2020

The new Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Bioethics Review, Professor Graeme T. Laurie, is proud to present the March 2020 issue, the first issue of volume 12.

For this current issue, we are very pleased to support work that makes multiple and diverse contributions. At a time when it seems that the world is obsessed with COVID-19 as the latest infectious disease pandemic to threaten our health and global security, our colleagues Florencia Luna and Valerie Luyckx invite us to reflect on a crucially important question: why have non-communicable diseases been left behind? Closer to the patient experience, Sumytra Menon et al. examine the cultural, ethical and legal tensions that can arise in the context of family involvement in healthcare decision-making.

Finally, for our Original Articles section, and in keeping with the journal’s commitment to multi-disciplinary bioethical studies, we are pleased to publish a study by Zaw Zaw Oo et al. that focusses on experiences in Myanmar in considering fitness-for-purpose of research ethics committees (RECs) when assessing human health research. Our March 2020 issue ends with an insightful case commentary from Miho Tanaka and Satoshi Kodama that focuses on experiences in a Tokyo hospital—precisely one year ago—when a patient died when a physician complied with their request to withdraw kidney dialysis.

As we enter a new era for the journal, we want to remind readers of the core elements of the vision for this publication: we aim to provide a forum to express and exchange original ideas on all aspects of bioethics, especially those relevant to the region of Asia. The journal seeks to promote collaborative research among scholars in Asia or with an interest in Asia, as well as multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary bioethical studies more generally.

To all of you readers, get in touch with your ideas!


All articles in this issue enjoy either Free Access (some via PubMed Central) or Open Access. They can all be downloaded and printed, even without a subscription – simply click on the title. The copyright of Free Access articles is shared by Springer Nature and the National University of Singapore. The copyright of Open Access articles remains with the respective authors.


Editorial – Free Access
Asian Bioethics Review Enters a New Era
Graeme T. Laurie
March 2020 – 12(1): 1-3 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00115-5

Original Article – Free Access via PMC
Why have Non-communicable Diseases been Left Behind?
Florencia Luna, and Valerie A. Luyckx
March 2020 – 12(1): 5-25 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00112-8

Original Article – Open Access
Some Unresolved Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Decision-Making: Navigating Family Involvement
Menon, Sumytra, Vikki A. Entwistle, Alastair V. Campbell, and Johannes J.M. van Delden
March 2020 – 12(1): 27 – 36 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00111-9

Original Article – Free Access via PMC
Assessing Research Ethics Committees in Myanmar: Results of a Self-Assessment Tool
Zaw Zaw Oo, Min Wun, Yin Thet Nu Oo, Kyaw Swa Mya, and Henry J. Silverman
March 2020 – 12(1): 37 – 49 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00113-7

Commentary – Free Access via PMC
Ethical Issues around the Withdrawal of Dialysis Treatment in Japan
Miho Tanaka, and Satoshi Kodama
March 2020 – 12(1): 51 – 57– doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00109-3

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