Vol 9, Iss 1-2 – June 2017

We are proud to present the June 2017 Issue, the combined first and second issues of this year’s Volume 9. This issue of the Asian Bioethics Review marks a number of important changes. Having consistently produced a total of 35 issues over 8 years, the NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics will jointly publish the Asian Bioethics Review with Springer Nature from this issue onwards.

The Asian Bioethics Review (ABR) continues to be the flagship publication of the NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), a major centre for bioethics research in the Asia-Pacific. As a collaborating centre for bioethics of the World Health Organization, CBmE has as a main focus, the study of how global ethical values apply in an Asian context, and vice versa. ABR continues to be a key research output of CBmE, as well as a firm expression of its commitment to regional capacity building in bioethics scholarship. Now joining some of the most trusted and respected journals that are published by Springer Nature, our intent is to further enhance the potential of ABR in fulfilling its mission and goals. The Springer Nature Group is a leading global research, educational, and professional publisher with a long and impressive history: Springer being founded by Julius Springer in 1842, and Nature was first published in 1869. Following this momentous step, ABR has re-launched its website: www.springer.com/41649. Previously published issues of ABR will continue to be available through NUS Scholar Bank and Project MUSE.

These changes notwithstanding, ABR remains an Asia-based peer-reviewed international academic journal that is guided by an Editorial Board of leading scholars in bioethics from across all regions of the world. Its core mission is to provide a forum to express and exchange original ideas on all aspects of bioethics, especially those relevant to the Asia-Pacific. Under the former editorship of Professor Leonardo de Castro, the journal achieved a strong balance between articles from scholars within the region and those from elsewhere, with 299 drawn from countries in Asia, out of a total of 493 published papers. This stress on the support and encouragement of early career scholars in the region will continue as a key role of the journal, ensuring that academic bioethics retains a genuinely international focus, rather than being dominated by either Western or Eastern concerns.

Except for this inaugural double-issue, ABR continues to be published quarterly, with the aim of promoting collaborative research among scholars in Asia or with an interest in the Asia-Pacific, as well as multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary bioethical studies more generally. We hope that ABR will continue to draw interest among international scholars working on bioethical issues in biomedicine, healthcare, care-giving and patient support, genetics, law and governance, health systems and policy, science studies, and research. As in previous years, it will continue to provide analyses, perspectives, and insights into new approaches in bioethics, recent changes in biomedical law and policy, developments in capacity building and professional training, and voices or essays from a student’s perspective.

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Editorial – Free Access
Calvin W.L. Ho, and Alastair V. Campbell
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 1-2 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0015-y

Original Article – Open Access
The Right to Know and the Right Not to Know Revisited
Roger Brownsword, and Jeff Wale
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 3-18 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0012-1

Original Article – Open Access
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Japan on the Determination of Blood Relationship via DNA Testing
Waki Toya
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 19-32 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0009-9

Original Article – Free2Read
Is Human Embryonic Stem Cell (HESC) Research Still Necessary Today?
Patrick Chee-Kuen Foong
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 33-44 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0010-3

Original Article – Free2Read
Exploring the boundaries of autonomy and the ‘right’ to access innovative stem cell therapies
Tamra Lysaght, Bernadette Richards, and Anantharaman Muralidharan
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 45-60 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0001-4

Original Article – Free2Read
Older People and Driving: the Need for a Welfare Perspective
Brent Hyslop
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 61-71 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0002-3

Original Article – Free2Read
Pharmaceutical Promotion and Its Influence on Prescription Behavior: Ethical Issues and Legal Framework in India
Pankhuri Agarwal, and Sharon Kaur Gurmukh Singh
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 73-85 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0011-2

Original Article – Free2Read
Selling pharmaceuticals ethically in resource-limited settings: the case of Sofosbuvir
Carl H. Coleman, and Calvin W.L. Ho
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 87-101 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0014-z

Original Article – Free2Read
Cultural Values Influence the Attitude of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean College Students towards Cosmetic Surgery
Nader Ghotbi, and Mostafa Khalili
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 103-116 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0004-1

Original Article – Free2Read
The Influence of Evolving Confucian Beliefs in the Selection of Proxy Decision-Makers at the End of Life in Singapore
Min Kai Chang, Mei Xing Lim, Keson Tay, Rachel Jiayu Lee, Dorsett SW Sim, Sumytra Menon, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Rukshini Puvanendran, and Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 117-128 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0003-2

Case Commentary – Free2Read
A Reflection on Ethical Dilemma in End-of-Life Care
Sue Wern Neoh
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 129-135 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0013-0

Report – Free2Read
Healing and Dying with Dignity: Ethical Issues in Palliative and End-of-Life Care and Euthanasia— Reporting from the Sixth National Bioethics Conference (January 12–15, 2017, Pune, Maharashtra, India)
Sunita V.S. Bandewar
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 137-147 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0005-0

Report – Free2Read
A Brief Report on the Tenth International Conference on Applied Ethics and Philosophy 28–30 October 2016, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan
Rachel T. Teo
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 149-151 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0006-z

Report – Free2Read
A National Effort to Introducing Paediatric Bioethics in Malaysia: a Report and Declaration of a National Paediatric Bioethics Symposium
Erwin Jiayuan Khoo
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 153-155 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0007-y

Report – Free2Read
Enhancing Research Quality with Updated and Controversial Ethical Issues: Summary and Recommendations
Jaranit Kaewkungwal, Pornpimon Adams, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Kenji Matsui, Calvin W.L. Ho, David S. Wendler, and Reidar Lie
June 2017 – 9(1-2): 157-167 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-017-0008-x