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Keith Wailoo delivers 2018 Merrimon Lecture

On September 24th, Keith A. Wailoo, Ph.D., Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs, at Princeton University, delivered the 43rd Merrimon Lecture at the UNC School of Medicine. Visit our website to view his lecture on “The Politics of Pain:  Medicine and the Gatekeepers of Relief in America’s Opioid Era.” As part of his two-day itinerary of meetings with medical students and faculty, he spoke again on September 25th at the UNC Department of History Colloquium, on “The House of Menthol: Big Tobacco and the Making of a Racial Taste”.
The Merrimon Lectureship is the School of Medicine’s oldest endowed lecture series, and honors scholars who have made outstanding contributions to our understanding of the history, social context, and ethics of the health professions, and is hosted annually by the UNC Center for Bioethics

September 2018

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Congratulations to Jill Fisher and Rebecca Walker

The NIH has funded a competitive one-year administrative supplement to their  R01  as part of the Office of Research on Women’s Health initiative on Research on Sex/Gender Influences.

August 2018

Symposium on Legal, Ethical, and Policy Implications of New Gene Editing Technologies

On October 5, Center faculty Eric Juengst and Rebecca Walker and former Center postdocs Karen Meagher and Anya Prince presented papers at the Annual Symposium of the North Carolina Law Review.  This symposium capped a year of UNC/Baylor College of Medicine faculty discussions of issues related to gene editing technologies, which were organized by Center faculty member Jean Cadigan as the “Gene Editing Reading Group”.

October 5, 2018
Congratulations, Rebecca Walker!

The UNC Center for Bioethics is proud to announce the promotion of Core Faculty member Rebecca Walker, Ph.D. to the rank of Full Professor in the UNC School of Medicine.  Dr. Walker holds her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University and joined the UNC Department of Social Medicine in 2003, following a Greenwall Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.   She is known for her well-regarded scholarship on issues of autonomy, the role of virtue theory in bioethics, and animal and human research ethics issues.  With Jill A. Fisher, she is a Principal Investigator of the NIH R01 funded study “Healthy Volunteers as Model Organisms: Comparative Research Ethics and Policy 1 Trials.”

October 3, 2018

Center Postdoc Adam Gilbertson Launched!

We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Adam Gilbertson, one of our Postdoctoral Research Fellows, has accepted a position as Associate Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s (PIRE) Chapel Hill Center. Adam will continue to collaborate with Stuart Rennie, Jean Cadigan, and others at UNC on various ethics projects, related to HIV prevention and cure.

September 5, 2018


November 2018 Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds

Date: November 8th, 2018
Location: G100 Bondurant
Speaker: Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Policy
Duke Cancer Institute
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


January 2019 Special Joint Lecture

Date: January 24th, 2019
Location: TBD
Speaker:  Melina Kibbe, MD the Colin G. Thomas Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, Center for Health Equity Research, and Department of Social Medicine.


“Government Policy Experiments and Informed Consent.”

Douglas MacKay and Averi Chkrabarti | 2018 | Public Health Ethics phy015
"Medical Aid in Dying in Hawaii: Appropriate Safeguards Or Unmanageable Obstacles?"

Mara Buchbinder and Thaddeus M. Pope  | 2018 | Health Affairs Blog
"Formation à la bioéthique en République Démocratique du Congo : expériences et défis"

S. Rennie, L. Ravez, D. Makindu, A. Fox, B. Grauls, R. Yemesi, P. Kayembe, J. L. Chalachala, M. Kashamuka, F. Behets | 2018 | Éthique & Santé 15 (3) : 192-200
"Rawlsian Justice and the Social Determinants of Health"

Jayna Fishman , Doug MacKay | 2018 | Journal Applied Philosophy Wiley Online Library
" Why Does the Shift from "Personalized Medicine" to "Precision Health" and "Wellness Genomics" Matter?"

Eric T. Juengst, Michelle L. McGowan | 2018 | AMA Journal of Ethics 20 (9) : E881-890
"Pregnant women’s attitudes toward Zika virus vaccine trial participation"
Ilona Telefus Goldfarb, Elana Jaffe, Kaitlyn James, Anne Drapkin Lyerly | 2018 | Vaccine
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