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The NIH Department of Bioethics is one of the nation's preeminent centers for bioethics scholarship and training. Since the Departments establishment in 1996, its members have consistently produced high-impact conceptual and empirical research published in leading journals, and have served as leaders in this evolving field. We are committed to interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration, with a focus on bringing medical, legal, philosophical, and scientific disciplines to bear on contemporary questions in bioethics.
The Department of Bioethics is part of the NIH Clinical Center, and combines a rigorous academic environment with a commitment to clinical bioethics service at the NIH. We offer a fellowship program for promising post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral scholars, as well as a wide variety of conferences and courses for clinicians and clinical researchers. We also provide a Bioethics Consultation Service that offers assistance on clinical issues as well as questions that arise in the course of research involving human subjects.
Multinational Capacity Building
We have several initiatives designed to build capacity in low- and middle-income countries. More information.
"The Moral Foundations of Parenthood"
Joseph Millum. (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Autonomy and couples' joint decision making in healthcare
A new paper by Pauline Osamor and Christine Grady. BMC Medical Ethics, (2018)
Research Ethics: How to Treat People who Participate in Research
An introduction to seven principles for ethical research.
International Research Ethics Resources
A collection of international research ethics resources is now available from the Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.
A special issue assessing the Fogarty International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Program.
Choosing Healthplans All Together (CHAT)
A project aimed at developing methods for engaging the public in priority setting, seeking public input in health insurance decisions, determine predictors of health insurance preferences, and help groups of people make tradeoffs and decide priorities together.
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