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STEPPS integrates qualitative interviews with conceptual analysis to investigate occupational stress experienced by physicians working on the front lines of COVID-19 care in four American cities.   With funding from The Greenwall Foundation, STEPPS investigates moral stress among physicians providing … Continued

New Collaboration between UNC and Stellenbosch University, South Africa

The Research for Ethical Data Science in Southern Africa (REDSSA) project has the overall aims of producing new knowledge regarding the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of conducting data science research to develop evidence-based, context specific guidance for the … Continued

Partnering Through It: Building a Research Base for Dual-Career Academics

Jill Fisher has recently been awarded a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation that is focused on university hiring practices for and job market experiences of dual-career academics. With long-time research collaborator Prof. Torin Monahan, this Co-PI project will … Continued

Ethical Dimensions of Peanut Allergy Immunotherapy Research

With funding from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Jill Fisher is conducting a research study on pediatric clinical trials for food allergies, focusing primarily on peanut allergy. Using ethnographic research methods, the project investigates the … Continued

Jill Fisher’s Book Wins the Robert K. Merton Book Award

Professor Jill A. Fisher’s book, Adverse Events Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals has been awarded the prestigious Robert K. Merton Book Award. The award, given by the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. … Continued

Well, It’s Complicated: Exploring Medical Ethics at UNC co-led by Konan Beke, Celia Mizelle, and Cambray Smith

2020 was a strange summer to start medical school. In order to help incoming students adjust, meet their peers, and learn about UNC School of Medicine, rising MS2 students created “Summer Seminars” based on a wide variety of topics. After … Continued

Congratulations to Diya Jost, MD

Dr. Jost was one of five residents selected to receive the 2021 Cefalo House Officer Awards   The Robert C. Cefalo, MD, House Officer Award recognizes members of the Hospitals’ House staff for exemplary service to patients and families, professional … Continued

Arlene Davis Named Director of UNC Center for Bioethics

Arlene M. Davis, JD, associate professor in the UNC Department of Social Medicine and director of the Clinical Ethics Service at UNC Hospitals, has been named director of the UNC Center for Bioethics, effective July 1. “I look forward to … Continued

Passing the Torch at the UNC Center for Bioethics!

I am happy to announce that after 11 years as Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics, I am turning over that leadership role to Arlene Davis, RN, JD, effective July 1, 2021. It has been immensely fulfilling to oversee … Continued

Doug MacKay

Doug MacKay Interviewed for UNC’s The Well

Doug Makay was interviewed by Logan Ward for the February 23rd issue of UNC’s The Well on “The Pros and Cons of Universal Basic Income.” The idea of governments giving residents no-strings-attached cash payments is picking up steam, due in … Continued

Ethics Essay Writing Workshop

Clinical Ethics Discussion Group is hosting an Ethics Essay Writing Workshop on February 18th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. If you would like to attend please email: Konan Beke  Celia Mizelle

Rohit Jaswaney, research collaborator with the Center for Bioethics, presented research findings at ASBH.

Rohit Jaswaney is a member of a UNC research team composed of Jean Cadigan, Arlene Davis, Izzy Brassfield, and Bex Forcier from the Center for Bioethics, as well as Maggie Waltz, Dept of Social Medicine, and Benny Joyner, Department of … Continued

CEDG and HEC Welcome Konan Beke and Celia Mizelle

Konan Beke and Celia Mizelle have been selected as the new student leaders for the School of Medicine’s  Clinical Ethics Discussion Group This position also entails appointment to the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee. Outgoing leaders are Tyler Clay and Mark Baumgarten. … Continued

PHASES Guidance

Health, Bioethics Experts and Advocates Release a Call to Action to the HIV/Co-infections Research Community: “We must work together to give pregnant women the evidence base they deserve.” New Report Lays out Recommendations for Including Pregnant Women in Research on … Continued

Incidental Enhancements: A Neglected Governance Challenge for Human Genome Editing Research

The increasing pace and international diffusion of developments in human genome editing research have prompted ongoing efforts to develop responsible governance for such research. One point of broad agreement across these efforts is that human genome editing research should prioritize … Continued

CENNC 2019 Conference

Ethical Issues in Caring for the Underserved: The Vulnerable, Marginalized, and Forgotten September 20, 2019 co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, ECU Brody School of Medicince, CENN, Eastern AHEC and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

CEDG and HEC Welcome Sara Meyers and Lisa Michelson

Sara Meyers and Lisa Michelson have been selected as the new student leaders for the School of Medicine’s  Clinical Ethics Discussion Group This position also entails appointment to the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee. Outgoing leaders are Tyler Clay and Mark Baumgarten. … Continued

Social Medicine faculty featured in Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics

Congratulations to Center for Bioethics’s Jean Cadigan, Elana Jaffe, Eric Juengst, Anne Lyerly and Social Medicine’s Gail Henderson, Karen Meagher, and Tonia Poteat. The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics is a prestigious international reference collection that publishes reviews of ethical … Continued

Clinical Ethics Discussion Group Spring 2019 Event

On April 2nd student groups from CEDG and Cardiology had a discussion about how the historical development of the artificial heart and other means of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) inform contemporary practice and of the ethical issues that follow from … Continued

Eric Juengst, Bioethics, UNC, genetic modification,

Eric Juengst was a featured expert in The New York Times

Eric Juengst was a featured expert on the potential pitfalls of gene editing in The New York Time’s article  “One Day There May Be a Drug to Turbocharge the Brain. Who Should Get It?” by Carl Zimmer.

Beyond Our Beginnings: 50 Years of Bioethics

“Beyond Our Beginnings:  50 Years of Bioethics”. We are hosting it at the Mews location at the  Graylyn International Conference Center In recognition of the Hastings Center’s 50th anniversary, this conference surveys the past, present, and future of bioethics scholarship, … Continued

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Anne Drapkin Lyerly interviewed by NPR

Rethinking Bed Rest For Pregnancy “The bottom line is that there’s never been any proven benefit of bed rest,” says Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, an OB-GYN and professor of bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lyerly … Continued

HEC Members participated in the 1st Annual UNC Story Slam

HEC Members Rimma Osipov, Sara Scarlet, and Gary Winzelberg participated in the 1st Annual UNC Story Slam. Story Slam began as a wellness event sponsored by the Annals of Internal Medicine at the annual meeting for the American College of Physicians. … Continued

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MS4 Clinical Ethics Student Presentations

On October 16th our 4 students taking the Clinical Ethics MS4 Elective presented their final projects. These projects are intended to become resources for the HEC and reflect the students’ interests as they prepare for residency next year. The Presentation … Continued

Ethics Consult Workshop June 2019

Registration for the workshop will open in early 2019.

CEDG and HEC Welcome Mark Baumgarten and Tyler Clay

Mark Baumgarten and Tyler Clay will join the Clinical Ethics Discussion Group as student leaders, and the Hospital Ethics Committee as student members, in January 2019. Center for Bioethics faculty members Arlene Davis and Eric Juengst are advisors to the student … Continued

Doug MacKay

Public Issues and Public Reason Conference selected Douglas MacKay as the Keynote Speaker

“Government Policy Experiments and the Ethics of Randomization” November 8–9, 2018 A Conference of Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences Carleton University Ottawa, Canada The Public Issues and Public Reason (PIPR) conference is a multidisciplinary conference at which graduate students from … Continued

New Visiting Scholar:  Pablo Garcia Barranquero

The UNC Center for Bioethics would like to welcome our new Visiting Scholar from the University of Malaga, Pablo Garcia Barranquero. He will be with us from May 3 – July 31, 2018, working with Eric Juengst on conceptual issues in longevity … Continued

Mara Buchbinder to present at Hettleman Lecture

Congratulation to  Mara Buchbinder on winning the UNC Hettleman prize! Please join us for Mara’s presentation of her Hettleman Lecture at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 1st in the Tate Turner Kuralt auditorium, with reception following. We hope to see you there! Hettleman … Continued

Mara Buchbinder to speak at the National Academies of Medicine Workshop on Physician-Assisted Death

Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches– A Workshop February 12–13, 2018 National Academy of Sciences Building 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC This National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop will explore the evidence base and research … Continued

New Visiting Scholar: Matthias Eggel

The UNC Center for Bioethics would like to welcome our new Visiting Scholar from the University of Zurich, Institute for Bioethics, Matthias Eggel. Dr. Eggel will be with us from January 16 – March 10, 2018. Currently, Dr. Eggel is … Continued

Brandy Elsenrath, our new Center Coordinator

The UNC Center for Bioethics would like to welcome our new Center Coordinator, Brandy Elsenrath, starting with us on January 8. Brandy started working at UNC-CH in 1999. She has held positions within the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Property … Continued

New Clinical Ethics MS4 Elective for Spring 2018

A new clinical ethics elective joins the TEC Individualization Phase curriculum this spring. It offers medical students an opportunity to focus their interests in clinical ethics on a particular practice area, using mentorship, scholarly readings, and practical experience with the hospital ethics committee … Continued

2nd Annual HIV Cure Research Day

The Durham County Board of Commissioners and the state of North Carolina officially proclaimed December 14, 2017 as HIV Cure Research Day. This is the second year celebrating the official proclamation of HIV Cure Research Day. Dr. Allison Mathews, founder … Continued

Genomic Screening: What’s Age Got To Do With It?

Harvard Law Bill of Health Blog Margaret Waltz, PhD R. Jean Cadigan, PhD Anya E. R. Prince, JD, MPP Debra Skinner, PhD Gail E. Henderson, PhD Age is an important consideration in medical screening, but calls for population based preventive … Continued

Prince and Davis Article Honored by JOTWELL

The Journal of Things We Like A lot (JOTWELL), a compendium of law review articles designed to select and recognize the best recent academic legal literature, has honored former C:B trainee Anya Prince and C:B faculty member Arlene Davis by … Continued

ELSI 2.0 meetings in Kyoto, Nov. 13-16, 2017

Eric Juengst participated in two workshops on behalf of the ELSI 2.0 International Collaboratory for Genomics and Society Research in Kyoto, to discuss cross-cultural perspectives on clinical genomic sequencing, research data-sharing, and dynamic consent, with colleagues from Japan, Australia, Singapore, … Continued

Dr. Stuart Rennie Presents Paper at 2nd Annual Kenya Bioethics Society conference

In a recent trip to Kenya, Professor Stuart Rennie visited the capital city of Nairobi with the purpose of participating in and presenting a paper at the 2nd Annual Kenya Bioethics Society conference. The paper was entitled ‘Perceptions of benefit among … Continued

Ethical Inclusion of Pregnant Women in the HIV/AIDS Research Agenda workshop in Bangkok

In November 2017, the Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS: Seeking Equitable Study (PHASES) project convened an international workshop in Bangkok, Thailand to address ethical issues in the inclusion of pregnant woman in HIV/AIDS research. This one-day series facilitated sessions and discussions in … Continued

CEDG and HEC Welcome Kelly Olsen and Austin Bath

Kelly Olsen and Austin Bath will join the Clinical Ethics Discussion Group as student leaders, and Hospital Ethics Committee as student members, in January 2018. Center for Bioethics faculty members Arlene Davis and Eric Juengst are advisors to the student group … Continued

Center for Bioethics Intramural Faculty Workshop (at the beach!)

On September 18-21, 2017, the C:B faculty decamped to Emerald Isle,  NC,  for three days of intellectual engagement with each other’s work in progress.   Participants submitted manuscripts in advance and, after a “reading day” on Thursday, spent Friday and Saturday … Continued

Wylie Burke, MD., Ph.D., Delivers 2017 UNC Merrimon Lecture

The Center was honored to host Wylie Burke, MD, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the University of Washington Department of  Bioethics and Humanities, as our 2017 Merrimon Lecturer,  the School of Medicine’s oldest and most prestigious endowed lectureship.,  … Continued

Center for Bioethics Trainees Enhance ASBH 2017 Program

UNC C:B trainees and former fellows were ubiquitous at the 19th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Kansas City on Oct. 18-22! Their contributions included: Elana Jaffe, BA participated in a “Forging a New Paradigm for Public Health Emergency Research that Includes Pregnant … Continued

Current Second Year Medical Student Electives by C:B faculty members

This semester UNC Center for Bioethics faculty members Stuart Rennie, Jill Fisher, Mara Buchbinder, and Eric Juengst are all teaching Advanced Seminars in the Humanities and Social Sciences for MS2 students in the UNC School of Medicine. These seminars offer … Continued

Mara Buchbinder Receives Hettleman Award

Four highly promising Carolina faculty members in diverse fields have been awarded the Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. The recipients, who were recognized at the Sept. 8 Faculty Council meeting, are: Mara … Continued

Healthy Volunteers as Model Organisms

Comparative Research Ethics and Policy for Phase I Trials Principal Investigators: Jill A. Fisher and Rebecca L. Walker This project addresses the need for a novel evidence-based approach to the protection of Phase I healthy volunteers. Phase I clinical trials test … Continued

History of the Merrimon Lecture

“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

Clinical Ethics Discussion Group CEDG Launches a New Academic Year

Drew Cutshaw and Keren Eyal, second year medical students who are members of the Hospital Ethics Committee and leaders of the Clinical Ethics Discussion Group, launched a new academic year for CEDG at the 2017 Student Activities Fair. More than … Continued

Stellenbosch Bioethics Leadership Program Selects First Trainees

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

Ethics of HIV-Related Research Involving Adolescents in Kenya

Despite the high social value of adolescent HIV prevention research in sub-Saharan Africa, investigators are reluctant to involve adolescents in studies with HIV testing and disclosure of results because of ethical concerns about the risks of their participation. This study … Continued

Izzy Brassfield

Izzy Brassfield is a student in UNC’s MD-PhD program. She completed her PhD in Philosophy in May of 2020. Her dissertation work focused on giving an account of conscience as a mental process, understanding its role in our moral psychology, … Continued

Rohit Jaswaney

Rohit Jaswaney is an intern in the UNC Pediatric Residency Program. He is a graduate of  New York Medical College. Rohit has been a research collaborator with UNC’s Center for Bioethics and the Department of Social Medicine since the summer … Continued

Sara Scarlet Awarded American College of Surgeons Surgical Ethics Fellowship

We are proud to announce that Sara Scarlet, MD a fourth year UNC general surgery resident who has joined the Center for Bioethics for a year-long practicum experience, has been awarded the American College of Surgeons Surgical Ethics Fellowship for … Continued

C:B Faculty Project Releases Zika Research Guidance

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

Stellenbosch Awarded NIH Fogarty Grant for Research Ethics Doctoral Program

The Center’s long-standing collaboration with the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at University of Stellenbosch, Capetown, South Africa has been awarded a D43 grant from the NIH Fogarty International Center to establish the first ever African doctoral program on research … Continued

Arlene Davis and Jean Cadigan win AHEC Campus Innovation Award

Center faculty Arlene Davis and Jean Cadigan, in a collaboration with Benny Joyner from the Department of Pediatrics, have won a “Campus Innovation Award” from the NC Area Health Education Centers to fund a new project entitled “Using Simulation to … Continued

New Core Faculty Member Appointed: Jean Cadigan, PhD

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.

Juengst presents a “Building Bridge” lecture on ethical trends in genomic medicine to the European Society of Human Genetics in Copenhagen

As part of the third annual “Building Bridges” session between the European Society for Human Genetics and the American Society for Human Genetics, Juengst presented a lecture entitled “From Medical Genetics to Applied Genomics: Implications for Human Geneticists’ Core Goals … Continued

Endowed Lecture Series Honor Nicole Lurie and Gopal Sreenivasan

The 2016 UNC Merrimon Lecture on “Striking the Balance: Patient Care, Activism, and Public Service in the Health Professions” was delivered on Sep 20 by Nicole Lurie,  MD, and the 2016 UNC Health and Human Rights Lecture was given Gopal Sreenivasan. … Continued

Three Post-Docs Launched into Faculty Positions!

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

C:B Faculty Stuart Rennie Appointed as “Extraordinary Professor”

We are proud to announce that Stuart Rennie, PhD, one of the core faculty of UNC Center for Bioethics, is appointed as “Extraordinary Associate Professor in Medicine” by Stellenbosch University for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020. Stellenbosch … Continued

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

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 the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society Inaugural Conference

Center core faculty, Doug MacKay, presents at the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society inaugural conference, in New Orleans. Doug’s talk, “The Ethics of Policy RCTs: The Principle of Policy Equipoise”, is March 18.

Doug MacKay Presents at Conference

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.

Anne Lyerly Interviewed on Radio In Vivo

Radio In Vivo interviews Anne Lyerly on pregnant women in research. Listen to the interview

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Anne Lyerly Zika Panel on Radio In Vivo

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!

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

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.

Mara Buchbinder on the Road: 2017 Society for Psychological Anthropology Conference

C:B core faculty, Mara Buchbinder, is attending the 2017 Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Conference in New Orleans. Mara is participating as a discussant in two presentations: Psychological Anthropology and Clinical Ethics in Theory and Practice, and Bureaucracy, the Individual, and the Conditions of … Continued

Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine: Is there evidence that we should screen the general population for Lynch syndrome with genetic testing?

Prince AER, Cadigan RJ, Henderson GE, Evans JP, Adams M, Coker-Schwimmer E, Penn DC, Van Riper M, Corbie-Smith G, Jonas DE. 2017 February 20. Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine. Read more

C:B hosts Jennifer Fishman, Nicholas King, and Susan Lederer as Visiting Faculty

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the UNC Center for Bioethics was fortunate to host three distinguished colleagues for extended periods as visiting faculty. We were honored that Jennifer Fishman and Nicholas King, both from the Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill … Continued

Acute Infection: Lived Experiences and Ethical Challenges in HIV Research

A better understanding of acute HIV infection is essential to public health, impacting both HIV transmission and potential advances in HIV cure clinical research. Acute HIV infection refers to the earliest stages of HIV infection, the short window of time … Continued

Re-Engaging Ethics: Ethical Issues in Engaged Research

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

CENNC 2017 Conference Speakers and Agenda is Available

Conundrums in Clinical Ethics Consultation Consciousness, Capacity, and Compulsion Full conference program is now out! CENNC 2017 Conference on our calendar

Strengthening Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health

Francophone African countries are among the most resource-constrained in the world. Citizens in these regions commonly struggle with a wide variety of health problems related to poverty, political conflict and social upheaval. Those involved in local efforts to improve health, … Continued

Strengthening Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health: Funding Renewed

The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health has renewed funding for Strengthening Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health. Co-principal investigators for this grant are Stuart Rennie of the UNC Center for Bioethics, and Frieda Behets of the UNC Gillings School … Continued

Vermont Study on Aid in Dying

Vermont SAID The Vermont Study of Aid-in-Dying (Vermont SAID) investigates the implementation and cultural impact of Vermont’s “Patient Choice and Control at End of Life” Act (Act 39), enacted in May 2013. Due to the recent enactment of Act 39, and Vermont’s … Continued

Second Wave Initiative

  Each year, hundreds of thousands of pregnant women in the US face significant medical illness during their pregnancies, and many more do so worldwide. Diabetes and hypertension complicate 40,000+ pregnancies; psychiatric illness complicates an estimated 500,000; cancer and autoimmune … Continued

HIV Cure Research Day Proclaimed

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

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

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

A Qualitative Exploration of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Contexts of HIV-Positive Adolescents in Tanzania

Megan Ramaiya, Kristen Sullivan, et al. PLoS ONE. Although 85% of HIV-positive adolescents reside in sub-Saharan Africa, little is known about the psychosocial and mental health factors affecting their daily well-being. Identifying these contextual variables is key to development of … Continued

Healing Without Waging War

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

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

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

From “Personalized” to “Precision” Medicine

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

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

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

Kristen Sullivan, UNC, Bioethics, AIDS, research, PHASES, Pregnancy ethics,

HIV patient retention: the implementation of a North Carolina clinic-based protocol

Kristen Sullivan Published Sept. 2016 in AIDS Care Decreased visit attendance leads to poor health outcomes, decreased viral suppression, and higher mortality rates for persons living with HIV. Retention in care is an important factor in improving health status for … Continued

Donald Marquis, BUNC, Kansas,

Bioethics at UNC Faculty Seminar: Donald Marquis 8/29/2016

The Parr Center for Ethics and the UNC Center for Bioethics are pleased to announce that Donald Marquis will present at the UNC Bioethics Faculty Seminar August 29th, 2016 at 1:00 – 2:30pm.   Don Marquis is Professor Emeritus of … Continued

2016 Merrimon Lecture: Striking the Balance

“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

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

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

Oak Ritchie to Present on “Technology and Society” at ABS Conference in Montreal, Canada

Oak Ritchie has been invited be a panelist around his graduate research topic, “Platform Algorithms and their Effect on Civic and Political Arenas” at the Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference in Montreal, Canada, August 10th-14th, 2016. Overview How do technologies shape … Continued

Virtue Ethics and Animal Research

Principal Investigator:  Rebecca L. Walker The aim of this project is to develop a virtue ethical approach to biomedical animal research science. A virtue ethical approach to animal research has not yet been developed but the promise of this framework … Continued


Social and Ethical Aspects of Research on Curing HIV A Working Group Co-Principle Investigators: Stuart Rennie Joseph Tucker One of the defining qualities of living with HIV has been that it is incurable, and this tenet has powerfully formed and … Continued


Principle Investigator: Jill Fisher This project investigates healthy volunteers’ patterns of participation in Phase I clinical trials, with particular attention to the differences among minority groups. The majority of healthy volunteers in clinical trials are serial participants, meaning that they … Continued

Advanced Research Ethics Training in South Africa

ARESA Co-Principal Investigators: Keymanthri Moodley (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) Stuart Rennie (UNC) A collaboration between C:B Core Faculty member Stuart Rennie and colleagues at Stellenbosch University in South Africa has been awarded a grant from the Fogarty International Center … Continued

Anticipating Personalized Genomic Medicine Impact and Implications

Co-Principal Investigators Eric Juengst (UNC) Jennifer Fishman (McGill University) Richard Settersten (Oregon State University) “Personalized Genomic Medicine” (PGM) has become a banner which unites a very wide array of scientific, clinical, and commercial initiatives, from medical sequencing and pharmacogenomics research … Continued