The Berman Institute

Leading the field of Bioethics in scholarship, education, training, and service
Travis Rieder Publishes New Book, “In Pain”
Account bridges personal struggle with opioid dependence to analysis of appropriate use and need for reform
Moral Psychology Expert Hanna Pickard joins Berman Institute
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor will hold joint appointment with Dept. of Philosophy
GIM Researchers Invited to submit abstracts for Jeremy Sugarman Award
JHU seeks to recognize housestaff for bioethics research achievement
New Building to House Berman Institute Faculty and Programs
Plans for Lacks Hall included in report on JHU's decade-long 10 x 2020 plan

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Is Declared a Global Health Emergency
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
World’s most invasive mosquito nearly eradicated from two islands in China - Researchers combined sterilization wit…
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Tiger mosquitoes tackled in a trial - A fresh approach to suppressing the Asian tiger mosquito, a highly invasive s…
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
#Bioethics Bulletin: This Week - #FoodEthics, Promises Undone, Harrowing Encounters, Compensation, Kidney Donation,…
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.
James Corbett, M.Div., J.D., Principal of Initial Health delivered the 26th annual Shallenberger Lecture, ``Beyond Charity: Re-Imagined Communities`` on April 16, 2019. Corbett said that modern health care requires balancing competing priorities, and his talk highlighted the ethical challenges of care delivery while offering a vision of what is possible by moving beyond charity and re-imagining community.