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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 PDF Icon 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.

Featured Projects

A Theory of Bioethics
A new book by David DeGrazia and Joseph Millum
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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 (; 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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