The Berman Institute

Leading the field of Bioethics in scholarship, education, training, and service
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Free “Theater of War” staged readings to catalyze discussion of contemporary end of life issues
Addressing Challenges of Children with Medical Complexity
Levi Symposium convenes stakeholders to focus on gaps in community supports, services and placement options
Viewing Drug Shortages as a Public Health Crisis
JAMA Pediatrics paper by Prof. Yoram Unguru proposes critical medicines list as a solution to growing problem
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.

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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.
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SCOPE #StemCell Ethics Round-up, this week: chimera laws, CRISPR -treated patients, revived brain cells from dead p…
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PEBS #Neuroethics Round-up this week: revived brain cells from dead pigs, the dark side of empathy, experimental ne…
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One Doctor’s Answer to Drug Deaths: Opioid Vending Machines | WIRED
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CRISPR edits lung-disease gene in utero, hitting only the affected organ in a mouse study via @statnews
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.