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The NIH Department of Bioethics is one of the nation's 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 post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral 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.

Multinational Capacity Building

We have several initiatives designed to build capacity in low- and middle-income countries. More information.

Featured Projects

COVID-19: The duty to take reasonable precautions against infection
A new blog post in Journal of Medical Ethics by David Wendler & Tina Rulli
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A New Ethical Framework for Assessing the Unique Challenges of Fetal Therapy Trials
Saskia Hendriks, Christine Grady, David Wasserman, David Wendler, Diana Bianchi, & Benjamin Berkman
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Principles of Animal Research Ethics book cover
Principles of Animal Research Ethics
Tom Beauchamp and David DeGrazia (Oxford University Press, 2020)
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Maximizing the Value of Human Biospecimens: Lessons from the Coronavirus and the Seattle Flu Study
David Wendler and Benjamin E. Berkman. AJMG (2020)
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COVID-19 and Parenting Study
The National Institutes of Health's Bioethics Department is conducting research to capture the experiences of frontline workers and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to share your story, please go online [disclaimer] or scan the QR code in the ad to take a brief survey that will determine your eligibility for an in-depth interview. Please contact Skye Miner (skye.miner@nih.gov; 301-435-8724) with questions.

The Moral Foundations of Parenthood book cover
"The Moral Foundations of Parenthood"
Joseph Millum. (Oxford University Press, 2018)
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