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

Fair subject selection in clinical research

Posted 5 days 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 6 days 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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


Susan Lederer

Posted 7 months ago

The UNC Center for Bioethics and the Department of Social Medicine are hosting Dr. Susan E. Lederer this 2016 spring semester as the 2016 Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Professor at UNC and Duke University. Susan E. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor … Continued


Are skill-selective immigration policies just?

Posted 7 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 7 months ago

John Conley, Jean Cadigan, 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 samples … Continued

Mara Buchbinder, Abortion, access/barriers to abortion, moral distress, workarounds, bioethics, UNC, C:B

Interview with Mara Buchbinder

Posted 8 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 8 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