Ethics and Biomedicine


·      Provide opportunities for students to develop and understanding the basic principles of bioethics;

·      Develop ethical concerns about medical practice

·      Understand the major ethical challenges of the neurosciences

·      Understand the ethical and legal framework of the research with animals and in humans.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof.ª Doutora Maria Alexandra Ribeiro


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•          Bioética, L. Archer, J. Biscaia e W. Osswald, Lisboa, Verbo, 1996, 406p.

•          Novos Desafios à Bioética, L. Archer, J. Biscaia, W. Osswald, M. Renaud (coord.), Porto, Porto Editora, 2001.

•          Bioética simples, W. Osswald e M. C. Patrão Neves, Lisboa, Verbo, 2007.

•          Bioética e Vulnerabilidade, Ana Sofia Carvalho (coord.), Almedina, 2008.

•          Investigação Biomédica. Reflexões Éticas, Paula Martinho da Silva (coord), CNECV, Gradiva, 2008.

•          Ética em Cuidados de Saúde, D. Serrão e R. Nunes (Coord), Porto editora, 1998.

•          Direitos do Homem e Biomedicina, Instituto de Bioética, UCP, Universidade Católica Editora, Lisboa, 2003, 224p. (Convenção de Oviedo – do Conselho da Europa, 1997; comentada)

•          Conselho Nacional de Ética para as Ciências da Vida (CNECV) –

Teaching method

Teaching methodologies: Lectures, films and sessions of guidance and discussion by the teacher on specific cases. Discussion of papers & small films.

Evaluation method

Evaluation: Monograph (max 8 pages, spacing 1 1/2, Times New Roman, pitch 12); Assiduity and Participation: The final rating is normalized to a 0-20 scale.

Failure to comply with minimum attendance (less than 5 classes) determines the failure to curricular unit.

Subject matter


•       Origin, Nature and Scope of Bioethics; Theories and Principles of bioethics; Models in Bioethics;

•       Bioethics and Religion; Bioethics in the developing countries – case studies.

•       Medical bioethics – case studies: beginning and end of life; organ transplantation; Gestation of substitution; medically assisted procreation; vaccination; patient-physician relationship; others


•       Neurociences -  Major challenges; Treatment  vs Enhancement;

•       Recent applications in medicine.


•       Research in Biomedicine

(Biotechnology & Nanotechnology; Stem cells,   cloning and experimentation on embryos; Genetics and Cytogenetics; Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine; Banks of cells or Products of Human Origin; Synthetic Biology)

•       Research with animals; Clinical Research and Clinical Trials

(Ethical principles; Ethical & Legal framework; conflict of interest; the use of placebo;  trials in children and elderly)


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