The Department serves as the hub for interdisciplinary research and collaboration on topics across four areas in medical ethics: research ethics, neuro- and mental healthcare ethics, global bioethics, and the ethics of resource allocation. On the health policy side, our research follows three tracks: reducing low-value services; economic and health impacts of policies, such as smoking cessation and workplace wellness; and implementation sciences, with specific effort towards replicating effective programs in the healthcare delivery system.
Neuroethics addresses a wide range of ethical and philosopical questions involving the mind and the brain. From ethical concerns about brain enhancement, memory dampening, or thought reading to clinical-ethical issues related to mental illness and neurodegenerative disease, neuroethics research is at the forefront of important biomedical ethics scholarship. Our faculty are leading the way.
Department faculty are engaged in a number of diverse projects related to the ethical dimensions of biomedical research. Their research, teaching, and policy work continue to influence the conduct of biomedical research.
Our faculty are actively addressing ethical issues related to internatlonal biomedical research, healthcare delivery in the developing world, and comparative healthcare policy. Our faculty serve as advisors to international NGOs, goverment bodies, and multi-governmental organizations.
Incredibly challenging ethical questions emerge from the fact that there exist virtually unlimited healthcare needs but only limited resources to meet those needs. Questions range from how to fairly allocate scarce organs to responsible protocols for the adminstration of limited supplies of vaccines in case of a pandemic. Department faculty are working to develop solutions to many of these questions.
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