The UNC Center for Bioethics facilitates research, education and consultation on ethical issues in biomedical research and health care. The Center is sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine, but includes faculty from and partnerships with programs across the University and the UNC Health Care System.

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Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice

Posted 4 weeks ago

New Conversations across the Disciplines Edited by Mara Buchbinder, Michele Rivkin-Fish, and Rebecca Walker. Available November 2016. Amid ongoing debate about health care reform, the need for informed analyses of health policy is greater than ever. The twelve original essays … Continued

Merrimon 2016 Illustration

2016 Merrimon Lecture: Striking the Balance

Posted 2 months ago

“Striking the Balance: Patient Care, Activism, and Public Service in the Health Professions.” The UNC Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce that Dr. Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, will be delivering this year’s Merrimon Lecture on September 20th from 12:00 … Continued


Risk and Emotion Among Healthy Volunteers in Clinical Trials

Posted 3 months ago

Marci Cottingham Jill Fisher Published 2016 July 29 in Social Psychology Quarterly (before print) Theorized as objective or constructed, risk is recognized as unequally distributed across social hierarchies. Yet the process by which social forces shape risk and risk emotions … Continued


Dr. Stuart Rennie is now part of the Re-Engaging Ethics Team

Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Stuart Rennie, Associate Professor, UNC Social Medicine, is the ethics consultant for Re-engaging Ethics: Ethical Issues in Engaged Research. The project was awarded by the Greenwall Foundation, and aims to create guidelines to support ethical engagement in community engaged … Continued

Doug MacKay, JME, journal medical ethics 2016, Fair subject selection in clinical research: formal equality of opportunity

Fair subject selection in clinical research

Posted 3 months ago

Fair subject selection in clinical research: formal equality of opportunity Douglas MacKay Published 2016 July in The Journal of Medical Ethics. In this paper, I explore the ethics of subject selection in the context of biomedical research. I reject a … Continued

Animal ethics, research ethics, virtue ethics, respect for autonomy, ELSI research, bioethics, UNC, C:B

Beyond Primates: Research Protections and Animal Moral Value

Posted 3 months ago

Beyond Primates: Research Protections and Animal Moral Value Rebecca L. Walker Published 2016 July in The Hastings Center Report. Should monkeys be used in painful and often deadly infectious disease research that may save many human lives? This is the … Continued

Eric Juengst, Genomics, gene therapy, genetic tampering, ELSI, genetic revolution, personalized medicine, precision medicine, genetic manipulation, genetic engineering, human enhancement, directed evolution, eugenics, genomic sovereignty, bioethics, UNC, C:B

Citizen science or scientific citizenship?

Posted 5 months ago

Citizen science or scientific citizenship? Disentangling the uses of public engagement rhetoric in national research initiatives J. Patrick Woolley, Michelle L. McGowan, Harriet J. A. Teare, Victoria Coathup, Jennifer R. Fishman, Richard A. Settersten Jr., Sigrid Sterckx, Jane Kaye & … Continued


Phronesis: Beyond the research ethics committee

Posted 5 months ago

A crucial decision-making skill for health researchers during community research. Minrie Greeff and Stuart Rennie. Published 2016 May 26 in The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. Health researchers conducting research in the community are often faced with … Continued

Mara Buchbinder

Reframing Conscientious Care: Q&A with Mara Buchbinder

Posted 5 months ago

Mara Buchbinder, Ph.D. Published May 13th on The Hastings Center Bioethics Forum. “Much of the conversation about conscience in health care has focused on the ethics of physician refusal to perform procedures that they object to. However, this framework seems … Continued


Zika highlights need for research on pregnant women

Posted 6 months ago

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Carleigh Krubiner, Ruth Faden. Op ed published April 2016 in The Baltimore Sun. The rapid spread of the Zika virus — and its now clear association with microcephaly in babies exposed prenatally — has put extraordinary pressure … Continued