National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Ethics Grand Rounds

The Department of Bioethics presents Ethics Grand Rounds as part of the Clinical Center Grand Rounds program. Ethics Grand Rounds generally take place four times per year, on Wednesdays from noon-1pm, in Lipsett Auditorium.

The next Ethics Grand Rounds will occur on the following Wednesdays at noon in Lipsett Auditorium or by webcast:

Previous Topics

April 5, 2017

Presenting Patient Level Data: Can We Ensure Respect and Protection? [videocast]
Discussant: Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Ethics Unit and Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University School of Medicine, and Director, Studies on Translation, Ethics, and Medicine (STREAM). Case Presenter: Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Staff Writer, Science.

February 1, 2017

Offering Patients Innovative Therapy: When Is It a Good Idea? [videocast]
Discussant: Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA, Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Deputy Director for Medicine, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Case Presenter: Steven M. Holland, MD, NIH Distinguished Investigator, NIAID.

December 7, 2016

Consent for Online Research: When Is It Needed? How Does It Work? [videocast]
Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD, Endowed Chair in Ethics and Director, Center for Applied Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Stout. Jerry Menikoff, MD, JD, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Office of Assistant Secretary for Health, DHHS. Franklin Miller, PhD, Professor of Medical Ethics in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine.

October 5, 2016

Who Should Be Able to Enroll in Phase 1 Trials? [videocast]
Discussant: George D. Demetri, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Director, Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Case Presenter: Clark Hanmer, MD, NIH Research Participant.

April 6, 2016

Disagreements Between Clinicians and Researchers Over Proper Treatment: How Should They Be Resolved? [videocast]
Discussant: Bernie Lo, MD, President and CEO, The Greenwall Foundation. Case Presenter: Courtney Fitzhugh, MD, Assistant Clinical Investigator, Laboratory of Early Sickle Mortality Prevention, NHLBI.

February 3, 2016

What is the Appropriate Design for Research on Suicide? [videocast]
Discussant: Donald Rosenstein, MD, Director, Comprehensive Cancer Support Program and Professor and Vice Chair, Division of Hospital Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Case Presenter: Elizabeth Ballard, MD, Research Fellow, Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch, NIMH.

December 2, 2015

Is It Ethical to Conduct Research on Previously Obtained Cell Lines Without Donors' Consent? [videocast]
Discussant: Eric Juengst, PhD, Professor, Department of Genetics and Director, Center for Bioethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Case Presenter: Eugene Kane, MPH, Public Health Advisor, Office of Clinical Research, NIMH.

October 7, 2015

The Tension Between Cost and Access to Hepatitis C Treatment: A Test Case for Tomorrow's Cures ? [videocast]
Discussants: Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors; and Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice President, National Pharmaceutical Council. Case Presenter: Steven Pearson, MD, MSc, Visiting Scientist, Bioethics Department, CC; and President, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.

April 1, 2015

Competing Protocols for the Same Patient Population: Who Should Choose? [videocast]
Discussant: Robert Silbergleit, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Health System and Co-Investigator, Clinical Coordinating Center, Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT). Case Presenter: Jamie Roberts, MA, MPH, Former Clinical Trial Recruitment Specialist, NINDS, NIH, Senior Clinical Project Manager, Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University.

February 4, 2015

Should We Compensate Subjects for Research Related Injuries? [videocast]
Discussant: Kenneth Feinberg, JD, Administrator, September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 and One Fund Boston, the Compensation Program following the Boston Marathon Bombings. Case Presenter: Jean Burns, MA, NIH Clinical Trial Volunteer.

October 1, 2014

Genetic Results of Uncertain Significance [videocast]
Discussant: Jeffrey R. Botkin, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Ethics and Associate Vice President for Research, University of Utah. Case Presenter: Julie Sapp, ScM, Certified Genetic Counselor, Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch, NHGRI.

April 30, 2014

NIH Research with Chimpanzees: Implementing the Institute of Medicine Report [videocast]
Discussant: Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Case Presenter: Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, NIH Director.

February 5, 2014

Methods for Identifying Research Subjects: Which Ones Are Appropriate? [videocast]
Discussant: Daniel O'Connor, PhD, Head, Medical Humanities, Wellcome Trust, London, Great Britain. Case Presenter: Gilman Grave, MD, Chief, Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch, and Chair, Institutional Review Board, NICHD.

August 21, 2013

Re-evaluating the Placebo Effect in Medicine [videocast]
Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, Research Fellow, NCCAM and NIMH, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Bioethics, CC, NIH.

April 3, 2013

The Use of Deception in Research: When is it Ethical? [videocast]
Discussant: Tom Beauchamp, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Georgetown University. Case Presenter: Eric E. Nelson, PhD, Psychologist, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience, Emotional Development and Affective Neuroscience Branch, NIMH.

February 6, 2013

Pediatric Stem Cell Donors [videocast]
Discussants: Michael A. Pulsipher, MD, Director, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah and Naynesh R. Kamani, MD, Medical Director, Office of the Protection of Human Subjects, Principal Investigator, Children's Research Institute, Center for Cancer and Immunology Research, Children's National Medical Center. Case Presenter: Nirali Shah, MD, Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Oncology Branch, NCI.

December 5, 2012

Surrogates with Conflicts of Interest: How Should Clinicians Respond? [videocast]
Discussant: Peter H. Ditto, PhD, Chair and Professor, Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine. Case Presenter: Joel Moss, MD, PhD, Deputy Chief, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI.

October 3, 2012

How Should Clinicians Handle Cases of Misattributed Parentage? [videocast]
Discussant: Sally Haslanger, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy and Director, Women's and Gender Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Case Presenter: Lynne A. Wolfe, MS, CRNP, BC, Genetics Nurse Practitioner, Undiagnosed Diseases Program, NHGRI.

April 4, 2012

Should Patients Have Access to Experimental Treatments? [videocast]
Discussant: Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, University of Pennsylvania. Case Presenter: Marion Danis, MD, Chief, Bioethics Consultation Service and Head, Section on Ethics and Health Policy, Department of Bioethics, CC.

February 1, 2012

The Value of Making Treatment Decisions for Oneself [videocast]
Discussant: Dan W. Brock, PhD, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Director, University Program in Ethics and Health, Harvard University. Case Presenter: John K. Park, MD, PhD, Chief, Surgical and Molecular Neuro-oncology Unit, NINDS.