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A new record in peer-reviewed publications!

Looking back over 2018, we realize that the UNC Center for Bioethics Faculty have set a new publications per year record, with the appearance of thirty-nine peer reviewed publications, in journals including PLOS Medicine, AJOB, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, AIDS and Behavior, and The CRISPR Journal.    Thanks, colleagues:  our collective CV is looking good this year!  To these and the rest of what we’ve published over that last few years, see our online archive at:

Clinical Ethics Service Annual Report Complete

The Clinical Ethics Service, and the larger Hospital Ethics Committee,  have their academic home in the Center for Bioethics and Department of Social Medicine.  The Service completed its Annual Report earlier this fall and is currently sharing findings and planning for the next fiscal year. A 66% increase in ethics consultations and nearly 50 ethics educational offerings kept the Service and Committee busy last year!

The leadership group includes Arlene Davis, Gary Gala, and Benny Joyner


December 3, 2018

Jill Fisher and Rebecca Walker presented at the Animals and Us Conference

Jill and Rebecca presented two papers at the "Animals and Us Conference" at The University of Windsor, Canada October 11-13, 2018:

Jill Fisher presented  “A Mouse Cannot Say Exactly How They Feel”: Research Participants’ Views on Non-Human Animal Research."

Rebecca Walker presented "Respect for all subject of science: Toward a unified system of research oversight."

December 3, 2018

Rebecca Walker at the 2nd International Summit on Human Gene Editing in Hong Kong
On November  25-29th, Rebecca Walker participated in the 2nd International Summit on Human Gene Editing in Hong Kong, as a representative from a new C:B initiative to examine the ethics and governance of human gene editing research that challenges the boundary between “prevention” and “enhancement”.   Given the rapid pace of developments in this science, we were grateful and exited to have “on the ground” at this exciting meeting.   The meeting coincided with the publication of our Commentary in The CRISPR Journal, cited below, which Rebecca helped to co-author.

December 3, 2018
Center for Bioethics presentations at the 2018 ASBH Conference in Anaheim
Rebecca Walker and Mattias Eggel, "Gene Editing and Large Animal Models in Biomedical Research: Translational Efficiency or Ethical Folly?"

Kristen Sullivan,  “Challenges and Opportunities Faced by Research Ethics Committees Reviewing Clinical Trial Protocols with Pregnant Women: Perspectives of Southern African Stakeholders”, and  “Women’s views about participating in HIV treatment trials while pregnant: How context shapes perceptions of risk.”

Elana Jaffe, Kristen Sullivan, Anne Lyerly, "Decisions to conceal pregnancy to enroll in HIV prevention clinical trials: implications for understanding fair access.”

December 4, 2018
Congratulations on Door
Last but not least, thanks to C:B Coordinator Brandy Elsenrath, the Center for Bioethics won first place this year in the Department of Social Medicine’s annual holiday door decorating contest, under fierce competition!  You go Brandy! 

December 4, 2018


January 2019 Special Joint Lecture

Date: January 24th, 2019
Location: 322 MacNider Hall
Speaker:  Melina Kibbe, MD,  The Colin G. Thomas Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery

Title:  "When Mice Are Men: Sex Bias in Biomedical and Clinical Research"
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, Center for Health Equity Research, and Department of Social Medicine.

Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds

Date: February 7, 2019
Bondurant G100
Speaker:  Emily Landon, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine, Medical Director, Infections Control
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Save the Date:
Ethics Consult Workshop

Date: June 14, 2019
Location: NC Botanical Garden
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30pm
co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and the Hospital Ethics Committee

With many Hospital Ethics Committees across North Carolina wishing to further develop their skills in clinical consultation or to develop models for their HECs, the UNC Center for Bioethics and Hospital Ethics Committee plans to offer a small workshop for interested individuals. The workshop will use lecture, small group discussion, and case work to inform the practice of ethics consultation and development of HECs.

Registration for the workshop will open in early 2019.


“Healthy volunteers' perceptions of risk in US Phase I clinical trials: A mixed-methods study”

Jill A. Fisher, Lisa McManus, Marci D. Cottingham, Julianne M. Kalbaugh, Megan M. Wood, Torin Monahan, Rebecca L. Walker  | 2018 | PLOS Medicine 15(11): e1002698
"Companion Animal Studies: Slipping Through a Research Oversight Gap"

 Rebecca Walker, Jill A. Fisher | 2018 | The American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 18 (10): 62-63

"Is Enhancement the Price of Prevention in Human Gene Editing?"

Eric T. Juengst, Gail E. Henderson, Rebecca L. Walker, John M. Conley, Douglas MacKay, Karen M. Meagher, Katherine Saylor, Margaret Waltz, Kristine J. Kuczynski, R. Jean Cadigan | 2018 | The CRISPR Journal Vol. 1 (6)

"Choreographing Death: A Social Phenomenology of Medical Aid-in-dying in the United States."

Mara Buchbinder | 2018 | Medical Anthropology Quarterly Published online
"Caregivers' Experiences With Medical Aid-In-Dying in Vermont: A Qualitative Study"

Mara Buchbinder, Enioluwafe Ojo, Laila Knio, Elizabeth R. Brassfield | 2018 | Journal of Pain and Symptom Management Vol. 56 (6): 936–943

"Caregivers' Experiences With Medical Aid-In-Dying in Vermont: A Qualitative Study"

 Elizabeth R. Brassfield, Manisha Mishra, Mara Buchbinder | 2018 | J Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Project MUSE, Ahead of Print, Vol. 9 (1)

"Health Research Priority Setting: A Duty to Maximize Social Value?"

Douglas MacKay | 2018 | The American Journal of Bioethics Vol. 18 (11): 25-26
"How Biomedical HIV Prevention Trials Incorporate Behavioral and Social Sciences Research: A Typology of Approaches"
Amy Corneli, Karen Meagher, Gail Henderson, Holly Peay, Stuart Rennie
| 2018 | AIDS and Behavior  Published online
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