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.

Bioethics Grant

$5K – $10K
Translational Research Ethics Grant
Next deadline: TBA

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Research Consultation

Ethics consultation regarding research in the clinical setting, return or results, research with the deceased, research with biospecimens, animal research, and other issues.

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Clinical Consultation

Ethics consultation for clinical patients, their family members, or any member of a clinical health care team.

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Upcoming Lectures & Series

Recent News


Are skill-selective immigration policies just?

Posted 2 months ago

Douglas MacKay. Published January 2016 in Social Theory and Practice. Many high-income countries have skill-selective immigration policies, favoring prospective immigrants who are highly skilled. I investigate whether it is permissible for high-income countries to adopt such policies. Adopting what Joseph … Continued

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The empty performative? Informed consent to genetic research

Posted 2 months ago

John Conley, Jean Cadigan, and Arlene Davis. In Discursive constructions of consent in the legal process. In this chapter we analyze the linguistic and discursive aspects of a specialized form of consent: informed consent given by people who contribute DNA … Continued


Interview with Mara Buchbinder

Posted 2 months ago

Mara Buchbinder, PhD is Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at UNC, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UNC, and Core Faculty of the UNC Center for Bioethics. What does Bioethics mean to you? I think that bioethics is a broad … Continued


Interview with Doug MacKay

Posted 2 months ago

Douglas MacKay, PhD is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UNC, Duncan and Rebecca MacRae Fellow, and Core Faculty of the UNC Center for Bioethics. What does Bioethics mean to you? I would say it’s the normative and empirical study … Continued


Mosaic features Anne Lyerly’s work

Posted 3 months ago

Hard labour: the case for testing drugs on pregnant women Traditionally, expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials, but could this practice be doing more harm than good? Emily Anthes investigates. When the heart stops beating, minutes matter. With … Continued


Welcome our new HEC intern, John Stonestreet

Posted 3 months ago

The UNC Center for Bioethics and the Hospital Ethics Committee welcome our new HEC intern, John Stonestreet, PhD. John begins his clinical ethics internship with a project conducting research leading to resources for clinicians and clinical ethicists navigating the religious … Continued


Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections and New Perspectives

Posted 4 months ago

Published 2015 September 30. Edited by Daniel Moseley and Gary Gala. This groundbreaking volume of original essays presents fresh avenues of inquiry at the intersection of philosophy and psychiatry. Contributors draw from a variety of fields, including evolutionary psychiatry, phenomenology, … Continued


Louise Winstanly interviewed by local radio WHCL

Posted 4 months ago

Louise Winstanly discusses the IntraHealth campaign, End Shame: Restore Dignity. Two million women around the world live with fistula. Up to 100,000 more develop the condition every year, according to the World Health Organization. In low-income countries such as Mali, … Continued


Health and Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration

Posted 5 months ago

Based in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, ĦIVE links the humanities and health sciences through student-centered research projects, innovative curricula, and public engagement. Students and faculty from diverse fields—ranging from anthropology, journalism, and biology to occupational science, … Continued


All In Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain

Posted 5 months ago

Published June 2015. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a pediatric pain clinic in California, Mara Buchbinder explores how clinicians, adolescent patients, and their families make sense of puzzling symptoms and work to alleviate pain. Through careful attention to the language … Continued


CENNC conference open for registration

Posted 6 months ago

Conference 2015 September 18 @ 8:30 am – 5 pm. Saying no: Exploring the ethical dimensions of refusals in healthcare. Refusals take place across the spectrum of healthcare–from the clinician who refuses to offer treatment believed to be futile, non-beneficial … Continued


UNC Hospital Ethics Committee posts annual report

Posted 6 months ago

It is fitting that the release of our annual report corresponds with the implementation phase of the Carolina Value Initiative. The Hospital Ethics Committee (HEC) and the Clinical Ethics Services it supports are representative of the institution’s dedication to the … Continued

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PHASES Grant Awarded

Posted 7 months ago

Anne Lyerly and her team receive a notice of award for their NIH R01 grant, Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS: Seeking Equitable Study. The PHASES project aims to develop immediate, ethically acceptable strategies to conducting research on HIV treatment and prevention during … Continued