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Associate Professor
Social Medicine

Adjunct Professor
School of Law

Hospitals Clinical Ethics Services

Core Faculty
Center for Bioethics

BS Nursing

333 MacNider Hall

Arlene Davis’s work focuses on clinical and research ethics and draws upon her prior experience in private practice and in pediatric and public health nursing. She teaches on topics related to ethics and to health law, co-chairs the UNC Hospitals Ethics Committee, and is Director of Clinical Ethics Services at UNC Hospitals. In these roles Arlene teaches medical trainees, graduate students, and hospital staff in a variety of settings and offers clinical ethics consultations in adult and pediatric patient care. She also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and in the School of Law, and is a Fellow at the UNC Parr Center of Ethics.

Since 1996, Arlene has been co-investigator on a series of grants from NHGRI’s ELSI Program, including an historical, ethical, and legal analysis and reevaluation of policy where she focused on the federal regulatory framework of human subject protection and the case law of informed consent, and a six year study examining understandings of benefit and of vulnerable adult and pediatric populations enrolled in early phase gene transfer research. More recently, as an investigator in the Center for Genomics and Society, she is conducting research regarding the creation, understanding, and dissemination of genetic information through genetic screening and biobanking.

Arlene is a faculty member of the Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute, funded by the NIH to effectively translate scientific discoveries into health improvements and is a member of the research ethics consultation service. She has also served as an IRB member and consultant to  Research Triangle International for over 15 years.

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