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Caroline Huang, PhD

Caroline Huang, PhD

Caroline is a second-year postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioethics. She completed an SB in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, followed by a DPhil (PhD) in Public Health at the University of Oxford. At MIT, she researched the localization of language in the Gabrieli Lab, interned for Senator Edward Kennedy, volunteered as an emergency medical technician, and founded the campus chapter of Camp Kesem, a nonprofit organization helping children through and beyond a parent's cancer. At Oxford, her dissertation examined ethical issues surrounding access to care for BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility genes 1 and 2) mutations, a topic inspired by Camp Kesem families. She also developed a debating course module for the MSc in Global Health Science, taught medical ethics to medical students, and published and presented on topics including concussions, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, free will, medical ethics education, and nudge behavior.

At NIH, she is exploring ethical issues arising in the management of chronic pain, opioid use disorders, hereditary cancer, and concussions. Current projects include trade-offs for primary care providers and patients to consider in chronic pain management, implications of neuroimaging for people in chronic pain, impact of opioid-related emergencies on first responders, insurance coverage for non-drug treatments in states with high and low overdose rates, and effects of ethnic population screening and minority outreach programs on care for BRCA mutations.

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