The Berman Institute

Leading the field of Bioethics in scholarship, education, training, and service
Multiple Berman Faculty Receive Nexus Awards to Pursue Innovative Interdisciplinary Projects
Supported projects will utilize the Hopkins Bloomberg Center in Washington, DC
Overcoming Barriers of Language and Literacy in Neonatal Intensive Care
Developing new technology to help Spanish-speaking parents communicate with their children's physicians
5th Annual SNFBA Summer Course to focus on Foundations of Bioethics
Applications open through July 20 for professionals working and residing in Greece
Bioethics and New Narratives Award
A collaboration supporting the use of XR (extended reality) to encourage discussion on bioethics issues in Latin America

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

98 Fellows educated

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

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47 Faculty

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

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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.
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.
The Dracopoulos-Bloomberg iDeas Lab asked members of the public ``If you were a neuroscientist, what experiment would you do?`` then invited neuroscientists to respond. This resulting 8-minute film seeks to help bridge the gap between researchers and the general public.