Mara Buchbinder Receives Hettleman Award

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Mara Buchbinder, Center Core Faculty, has been selected to receive a 2017 Ruth and Philip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. The Hettleman award is one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s most prestigious acknowledgments of … Continued

History of the Merrimon Lecture

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“What I have in mind may be briefly expressed. To give to medical students and others interested an insight in the history, traditions, philosophy and ethics of medicine. To help restore, in some degree, a sense of responsibility to medicine’s … Continued

Stellenbosch Bioethics Leadership Program Selects First Trainees

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The Stellenbosch Bioethics Leadership Program has selected it’s first trainees. Dr Geremew T. Tsegaye has a doctoral degree in medicine (MD). He specialized in public health (MPH) and bioethics (EMMB) and advance Research Ethics. Dr Theresa Burgess started her career … Continued

Izzy Brassfield

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Izzy Brassfield is a student in UNC’s MD-PhD program who just completed her second year of graduate school in the philosophy department. She first became involved with the Center for Bioethics as a medical student in the summer of 2013, … Continued

Rohit Jaswaney

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Rohit Jaswaney is a second year medical student at New York Medical College interning with UNC’s Center for Bioethics and Department of Social Medicine for the summer of 2017. Rohit received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Washington University in … Continued

C:B Faculty Project Releases Zika Research Guidance

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Under the co-leadership of C:B Associate Director Annie Lyerly, the Welcome Trust-funded PREVENT (Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics and New Technologies) has released ethical guidelines for investigators conducting ZIKA research with pregnant women The inclusion of pregnant women in Zika virus vaccine … Continued

New Core Faculty Member Appointed: Jean Cadigan, PhD

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Jean Cadigan, PhD, a medical anthropologist in the UNC Department of Social Medicine, has been appointed as the tenth member of the Center’s Core Faculty,  in recognition of her sustained involvement in Center research projects,  teaching efforts, and consultation services.

Three Post-Docs Launched into Faculty Positions!

Posted 5 months ago

Over the last year or so, the first wave of the Center’s postdoctoral fellows have “graduated” into great new faculty positions elsewhere: Marci Cottingham, PhD (Sociology) is now Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam; Gabriel Lazaro-Munez, PhD … Continued

Aid-in-Dying Laws and the Physician’s Duty to Inform

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Why do so many people assume that any clinical communication about aid-in-dying (AID, also known as assisted suicide), where it is legal, ought to be patient-initiated? Physician participants in my ongoing study tend to assume that physicians should wait for … Continued

Doug MacKay Presents at Conference

Posted 6 months ago

Center core faculty, Doug MacKay, presents at the conference, The Future of Work, Technology and a Basic Income, at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.  Doug’s talk, “Basic Income, Cash Transfers, and Welfare State Paternalism”, is 2017 April 7.

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Anne Lyerly Zika Panel on Radio In Vivo

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A Special Edition of Radio In Vivo, featuring “Unraveling Zika,” a panel discussion held November 29, 2016 at the UNC School of Medicine. Learn what we know and don’t know at this point about the Zika virus. The panel was … Continued

C:B Faculty “Cover” the Literature in 2016!

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C:B faculty published 40 articles in 2016, which is great, but only to be expected of a group like this. What was unusual was the run of lead articles by our faculty that were illustrated in the cover art of … Continued

Jill Fisher Quoted in Inverse

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C:B core faculty, Jill Fisher, is quoted in Inverse article, How To Side Hustle as a Lab Rat for Science.  Jill’s HealthyVOICES research project focuses on healthy volunteers in clinical trials. Inverse contacted her to comment on the motivations of healthy volunteers.

Re-Engaging Ethics: Ethical Issues in Engaged Research

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Project Description Re-Engaging Ethics is a project that is funded by the Greenwall Foundation. The purpose of this project is to create and disseminate recommendations for the review and conduct of community-engaged research, by engaging a diverse set of stakeholders … Continued

HIV Cure Research Day Proclaimed

Posted 9 months ago

The Durham County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed December 14 as HIV Cure Research Day! Dr. Allison Mathews, founder and director of the 2BeatHIV research project at UNC, shared that “HIV Cure Research Day marks the one year anniversary of … Continued

No More Militaristic and Violent Language in Medicine

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Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Healing Without Waging War: Beyond Military Metaphors in Medicine and HIV Cure Research” Jing-Bao Nie, Stuart Rennie, Adam Gilbertson, Joseph D. Tucker. American Journal of Bioethics. In early August 2016, when we began to … Continued

Review of Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice

Posted 10 months ago

Daniel Goldberg reviews Mara Buchbinder, Michele Rivkin-Fish, and Rebecca Walker’s new book. Inequality is core to virtually any Western conception of health justice. There is robust debate over which inequalities, if any, are unethical and over priority-setting among inequalities. Understanding … Continued

Healing Without Waging War

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Beyond Military Metaphors in Medicine and HIV Cure Research Jing-Bao Nie, Adam Gilbertson, Malcolm de Roubaix, Ciara Staunton, Anton van Niekerk, Joseph D. Tucker, Stuart Rennie Published 2016 October 17 in The American Journal of Bioethics Military metaphors are pervasive … Continued

Health & Humanities Exchange Conference

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A Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health, Disability, and Healthcare November 11-12, 2016 Hyde Hall, Institute for Arts & Humanities     The Health and Humanities Exchange (HHEX) will give recognition to the wealth of cross-disciplinary research and education initiatives … Continued

Mara Buchbinder to speak at Pediatric Bioethics Conference

Posted 11 months ago

Center for Bioethics faculty Mara Buchbinder will present “Truth-Telling in the “Metaphor Clinic”: Language, Ethics, and Pediatric Pain” at the 9th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference in Jacksonville Florida on November 4th. More information

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From “Personalized” to “Precision” Medicine

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The Ethical and Social Implications of Rhetorical Reform in Genomic Medicine Eric Juengst, Michelle L. McGowan, Jennifer R. Fishman, Richard A. Settersten Jr. Published September 2016 in The Hastings Center Report Since the late 1980s, the human genetics and genomics … Continued

The Ethics of Organ Donor Registration Policies

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Nudges and Respect for Autonomy Douglas MacKay Published 2016 October 17 in The American Journal of Bioethics Governments must determine the legal procedures by which their residents are registered, or can register, as organ donors. Provided that governments recognize that … Continued

Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice

Posted 12 months 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

2016 Merrimon Lecture: Striking the Balance

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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Beyond Primates: Research Protections and Animal Moral Value

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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