The Berman Institute

Leading the field of Bioethics in scholarship, education, training, and service
Vaccine Guidance Gains Global Attention
Berman faculty call for new approach to treatment of pregnant women in vaccine research and deployment
Prof. Fanzo shapes Lancet food systems report
Diet and food production must radically change to avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet
Join us March 11 for Levi Symposium: “Containment”
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Exploring the history, politics, and ethics of infectious disease response in a post-genomic world

Honoring an Immortal Contribution
JHU President Ron Daniels announces new Berman Institute building to be named for Henrietta Lacks

The Berman Institute

From the ethics of food production to stem cell research, we are guiding the conversation about some of the most complex moral and policy issues affecting the health and well-being of people worldwide.

Facts About Berman

78 Fellows educated

We launch the careers of the next generation of leaders in bioethics scholarship.

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42 Faculty

Spanning Johns Hopkins University, our faculty includes internationally recognized bioethics experts and emerging new scholars.

Meet a professor

More than ever, the Berman Institute's work is critical for clarifying the difficult ethics questions faced in biomedicine, from the bedside to the most pressing population and global health issues of the day.
Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics


The Berman Institute attracts specialists in fields ranging from medicine, nursing and public health to the law who are passionate about improving human health and well-being worldwide.
Classroom and teacher

Research & Outreach

Our faculty are helping shape policy and practice in healthcare, biomedical science and public health by exploring ethical issues at the intersection of innovation and human lives.

Education & Training

We offer unique interdisciplinary programs for students at all levels—from undergraduates seeking an ethical framework for a range of careers to bioethics specialists seeking to connect with current issues.
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Global #FoodEthics & Policy Program Roundup - This Week - Insect Collapse, Plant-Based Foods, Food Waste, Probiotic…
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The disturbing hypothesis for the sudden uptick in chronic kidney disease via @voxdotcom
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Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On ‘Better Path’ via @khnews
The U.S. accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic. How did we get here? In this personal talk, Berman Institute Research Scholar Travis Rieder recounts the often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal and reveals how doctors who prescribe (and overprescribe) opioids aren't equipped to eventually get people off the meds.
Prof. Jonathan Moreno launched the 2018-19 Berman Institute Seminar Series with his talk ``Bioethics is Advocacy: Is that Wrong?`` He argued that modern bioethics is marked by the canonical ethical standard of self-determination, which distinguishes it from traditional medical ethics. Thus it has earmarks of a social reform movement and, in some cases, an advocacy program.