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Pope Receives Grant and Publishes

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Thaddeus Pope, professor in the school of law and director of Hamline’s Health Law Institute, recently received a major grant from the Greenwall Foundation bioethics program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas. The program is designed to support research to help resolve important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health practice, or public policy. The foundation’s goal for the grants is to have a "real-world, practical impact."

Pope intends to utilize the $50,000 grant to study the moral implications surrounding hospice staff reporting assisted suicide. This builds on Pope’s previous and ongoing research which focuses on medical futility, internal dispute resolution, tort law, public health law, and normative jurisprudence. He authors a blog on medical futility (LINK medicalfutility.blogspot.com), which explores legislative, judicial, regulatory, medical, and other developments concerning end-of-life medical treatment.

Recently, Pope’s article entitled, Making Medical Decisions for Patients without Surrogates, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article focused on policies surrounding individuals who do not have anyone to make medical decisions on their behalf.