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The NIH Department of Bioethics is one of the nations 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 predoctoral and postdoctoral 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.
Department Celebrates Frank Miller
Our esteemed colleague, Frank Miller, retired from the NIH Department of Bioethics in January, 2015. We held a small "by invitation only" conference in his honor at the NIH on May 29, 2015. Because so much of Frank's work exemplified collaborative scholarship at its best, we invited several of his most frequent and important collaborators to attend this conference. The speakers for the conference were Steve Joffe, Bob Truog, Ted Kaptchuk, Howard Brody, and Don Rosenstein. The conference focused on topics on the frontiers of bioethics that related to Frank's wide-ranging scholarship, including the ethics of placebo use, the determination of death, and research ethics. We are confident that several manuscripts will result from this conference, and that Frank will co-author many of them-suggesting that though Frank is no longer subject to government rules and restrictions, his retirement from the field of bioethics is yet to come.
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