International Network for the 
Definition of Death


Founded by Dr. Calixto Machado of Cuba, and Alan Weisbard of the USA, the Network is an affiliate of the International Association of Bioethics devoted to the discussion of the ethical and medical issues associated with:

  • diagnosis and differentiation of brain death, coma, and persistent vegetative state
  • differentiation of anencephaly and other severe neurological deficits from brain death
  • organ transplantation and termination of treatment decisions for the brain-dead and neurologically impaired
  • philosophical issues of personhood and rights related to the status of the brain dead and neurologically impaired

After its foundation in 1996 we held its 1st International Symposium in Havana, during the Second International symposium on Brain Death (Havana). Its 2nd International Symposium was held during your IAB World Congress in San Francisco (co-chaired by Calixto Machado and Stuart Youngner). The 3rd International Meeting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the IAB World Congress. The 4th International Meeting was held in Havana, in 2000, during the 4th International Symposium on Coma and Death.

 

Meetings of the Network, and 
International Symposia on Brain Death

Symposium on Disorders of Consciousness
Cienfuegos, Cuba
March 15-16, 2010  

To discuss issues related to disturbances of consciousness and the management of persistent vegetative and minimally conscious states, including cases such as Terry Schiavo.
 

Call for Proposals

5th International Symposium of the Definition of Death Network
Varadero Beach, Cuba
May 20-23, 2008
 

 

4th International Symposium
on Coma and Death
Havana, March 9-12, 2004
Program and Abstracts
3rd International Symposium
on Coma and Death
Havana, February 22-25, 2000
Program Abstracts
Network Meeting - San Francisco, Nov. 25, 1996
As a satellite meeting of the III World Congress of Bioethics, we held the Second International Meeting of the Network on Defining Death on Monday, 25 Nov. 1996, in San Francisco immediately following the III World Congress of Bioethics (22-24 Nov.).
2nd International Symposium
on Brain Death

Havana, February 27 - March 1, 1996
During that Symposium the First International Meeting of the Network on Defining Death was held. The proceedings of the Meeting have been published in a volume called Brain Death. Editor: Calixto Machado MD, 1995, Elsevier
Program  Abstracts

First International Symposium on Brain Death
Havana, September 22-25, 1992
Reflections on the First International Symposium on Brain Death
by Machado Calixto MD
Program Abstracts


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Other Resources

Brain Death Resources

Anencephaly Resources

Resources for the Brain- and Spinal Cord-Injured, Their Care-givers and Advocates

Neurological Anatomy, Diagnosis and Therapy Resources

Neurological Rehabilitation and Remediation

Philosophy of Life, Consciousness and Personhood


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