Annie Lyerly has been elected as a new fellow of the Hastings Center. Hastings Center fellows are a group of more than 200 individuals of outstanding accomplishment whose work has informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science, and technology. The new fellows focus on a broad range of topics, including disability and justice, legal history of the American eugenics movement, gender and reproductive medicine, transplantation, ethics consultation, theological ethics, global health and research ethics, mental health care, and dilemmas posed by neurological impairments.
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA, is a professor of social medicine, research professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and core faculty in the Center for Bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a bioethicist, she studies ethically complex issues around gender and reproductive medicine. She co-founded the Second Wave Initiative, an effort to ensure that the health interests of pregnant people are fairly represented in biomedical research and in drug and device policies. She is PI on two projects funded by the National Institutes of Health: the PHASES Project, which addresses the ethics of HIV research and pregnancy, and the PREPARE Project, which is examining the ethics of research engaging pregnant adolescents. She was co-PI on the Wellcome Trust-funded PREVENT project on research, pregnancy, and public health emergencies. Lyerly is an alumna of the Greenwall Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program and Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy. She chaired the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Ethics and has served as an advisor for organizations including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization. She is author of A Good Birth (Penguin Random House).