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Welcome Aurora Washington, the new Postdoctoral Fellow

October 19, 2022

Dr. Aurora M Washington recently joined UNC-CH Social Medicine department as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical ethics and the ethical, legal and social implications of precision medicine. Aurora earned her B.S in Biology from Tougaloo College where she was a Jackson Heart Study scholar. She completed a one-year postbaccalaureate program in Neuroscience before matriculating into … Continued

Margaret Waltz receives School of Medicine Dean’s Performance Award

October 5, 2022

Margaret Waltz, PhD, of the UNC Department of Social Medicine and the UNC Center for Bioethics, was recently honored with the School of Medicine Dean’s Performance Award. The award is given out every year to individuals within the UNC School of Medicine who make significant contributions towards the School’s standing as a top research university. … Continued

Department of Social Medicine Research Associate Margaret Waltz, PhD

September 16, 2022

Waltz developed and implemented multiple innovative methodologies with the goal of translating research results to improving patient care and medical trainee education. First, Waltz created a method using audio recordings to analyze patient and provider communication during pediatric genetics and neurology appointments across clinics in North Carolina. This novel research will contribute to the body … Continued

Welcome Akankshya Jena, the new Bioethics Student Liaison

September 14, 2022

The UNC Center for Bioethics is proud to launch a new ambassadorship between the Center and the undergraduate students of UNC-Chapel Hill. The new Bioethics Student Liaison position has been created to make the student population more aware of the work of the Center and to offer opportunities to explore the complex bioethical questions of … Continued

Interview with Elena Conis, Merrimon Lecture Series Presenter

September 8, 2022

Elena Conis, PhD, MS, MJ, is a writer and historian of medicine, public health, and the environment at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research focuses on scientific controversies, science denial, and the public understanding of science. On Friday, September 9, at 12:00 PM ET, Dr. Conis will … Continued

Jill Fisher joined Dr. Saira Sheikh’s team as a Co-Investigator

August 31, 2022

The project is entitled Utilizing a Lupus Clinical Trials Network to Advance Diversity and Representation in Clinical Trials: Perspectives, Preferences, and Unmet Needs of Patients, Providers, and Stakeholder Agencies. The research team will leverage novel data sources to advance evidence for enrollment of underrepresented populations in lupus clinical trials within the Lupus Clinical Investigators Network … Continued

Beyond the Medical: The ELSI of Polygenic Scores for Social Traits

August 12, 2022

UNC Center for Bioethics core faculty member Jean Cadigan, Ph.D., along with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from across the country, was recently awarded an R01 grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH entitled, Beyond the Medical: The ELSI of Polygenic Scores for Social Traits.

2022 Merrimon Lecture Series

July 18, 2022

The Center for Bioethics will host The 2022 Merrimon Lecture Series. Our first speaker is Elena Conis, Ph.D. on September 9th. The 45th Merrimon Lecture speaker is Heidi J. Larson, Ph.D. will be on September 14th. Finally, Perri Klass, M.D. on November 3rd, 12:00 pm.