2018-19 In the News

July 2018
Cynda Hylton Rushton
, PhD, RN, FAAN, was interviewed in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News about her Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy (MEPRA) program for nurses.
Dr. Rushton also discussed MEPRA on JHMI’s podcast, the Joy in Medicine.

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, spoke to The Atlantic about Chinese research that uses monkeys engineered to have brain disorders.
Dr. Kahn also spoke to NPR: Shots about the ethics of mitochondrial replacement therapy after a baby was born in Ukraine as a result of the therapy.
Dr. Kahn will join host, Tom Hall, for another installment of WYPR’s Midday on Ethics. Listen online, Thursday, July 26th, 12p. An archive of Dr. Kahn’s prior Midday appearances is available online.

Debra Mathews, PhD, MA, was quoted in National Geographic about the call to use DNA testing to reunite separated immigrant families.
Dr. Mathews also joined other geneticists, genetic counselors, and other professionals in an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun opposing this practice.

Travis Rieder, PhD, gave a talk at TedXMid-Atlantic last fall about his personal experience with opioid withdrawal. His talk was recently featured on TED.com

Margaret Moon, MD, MPH spoke to CNN about a recent survey that ranks the 50 states on their suitability for child well-being.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD, authored a report along with Marie Buissonniere, Sarah Woznick, and Julie Hannah titled “The Criminalization of Health Care.” Mother JonesThe BMJ, and Middle East Eye covered the report.


August 2018

Jeffrey Kahn
, PhD, MPH, spoke to Tom Hall about the Jahi McMath case and other current bioethics issues as a part of his monthly appearance on WYPR’s Midday. For an archive of his past appearances, see our Bulletin.
Dr. Kahn was quoted in Vox in a story on mitochondrial replacement therapy.

Debra Mathews, PhD, MA, was interviewed about CRISPR for Christiana Care (video).

Travis Rieder, PhD’s, work on the ethics of opioids was featured in Hanoverian, the magazine of Hanover College.
Dr. Rieder was interviewed on Plugged in with Greta Van Susterenabout the opioid crisis.
Dr. Rieder also spoke to EMCrit for a piece on the difference between dependence and addiction for their blog The Tox and the Hound.

Carleigh Krubiner, PhD, wrote for the Center for Global Developmentabout the need to improve evidence and interventions for pregnant women in light of recent discoveries about Ebola, and the Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics, and New Technologies (PREVENT) Project.

Jessica Fanzo, PhD, wrote for Bloomberg: Fight Obesity With Frank Food Labels.
Along with Peter Winch, Dr. Fanzo also wrote for the Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World: Health for All: The Role of Food, Nutrition, and the Alma Ata Declaration.
Dr. Fanzo wrote another piece for the Alliance for a Healthier World: A Piece of the Pie in Health Equity: Improving Food and Nutrition Security.

Anne Barnhill, PhD, was interviewed for the Bloomberg American Health Initiative about food ethics.

Julian Sheather wrote a commentary for the BMJ Opinion on the recent report, Safeguarding Health in Conflict that was co-authored by Leonard Rubenstein, JD.

Brendan Saloner, PhD, presented the findings of a review of Delaware’s opioid use disorder treatment system, and the presentation was covered by Delaware News.
Dr. Saloner was also quoted in Reuters about the decline in smoking and drinking rates among teenagers.

Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, spoke in Martha’s Vineyard on eating ethically, and the presentation was covered by the MV Times.


September 2018

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, was quoted by Associated Press in an article about the recent rule changes in regulating gene therapy experiments.
Dr. Kahn also authored an opinion essay published by leapsmag, entitled “Do new tools need new ethics?

Travis Rieder, PhD, was a guest on the Johns Hopkins Medicine Podcast, where he discussed Climate Change and Health.
Dr. Rieder also spoke to Asparagus Magazine about the ethics of making babies in the era of climate change.

Jess Fanzo, PhD, discussed Joanna Kane-Potaka’s recent research on ancient grains with ABC News‘ Brett Worthington.
Dr. Fanzo’s presentation at the 2018 Crawford Fund conference was covered by Devex.

Rebecca Wilbanks, PhD, wrote for Aeon, “If we made life in a lab, would we understand it differently?

Brendan Saloner, PhD, was quoted in Health Day about the increase in access to opioid use disorder treatment under Medicaid expansion.

Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, Ruth Karron, MD, and Carleigh Krubiner, PhD, wrote an op-ed for STAT, entitled “The ‘indefensible’ decision: not vaccinating pregnant and lactating women in an Ebola outbreak“.
The op-ed was covered elsewhere in STAT as well.

Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, spoke to Nurse.com about moral distress in nursing.

MBE alum Rob Stenzel wrote an op-ed for Vice’s Tonic entitled, “The Trump administration want to block cities’ plans to cut drug overdoses“, in response to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s recent remarks on the opioid crisis.


October 2018

Carleigh Krubiner, PhD, was quoted in a JAMA news piece on the barriers to including pregnant women in clinical trials.

Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, was quoted in Mother Jones about research on drug safety during pregnancy.

Brendan Saloner, PhD, was quoted in an AP story on the progress being made in the fight against the opioid crisis.

Alan Regenberg, MBE, spoke with Snopes for an article about the potential risks when people use non-existent studies for advertising.

Angie Boyce, PhD, spoke to The New York Times about the food standards for peanut butter in the article “What’s Yogurt? Industry Wants Greater Liberty to Use Term.”

Yoram Unguru, MD, was quoted and featured in “Running on Empty: Hospitals Face Prolonged Drug Shortages” published by AAMC News.

Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been chosen to serve on a newly formed National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee to develop recommendations for systemic solutions to combating clinician burnout, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing reports.

Jess Fanzo, PhD, served as guest editor for the AMA Journal of Ethics in the Special Issue: Health and Food Ethics
Dr. Fanzo was also a featured guest on the AMA Journal of Ethicspodcast “Ethics Talk: Why Should Clinicians Care About Nutrition”.

Travis Rieder, PhD, was quoted in Politico Pulse, Politico’s daily healthcare round-up.

November 2018

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, was quoted in an article about medical crowdfunding in Reuters, discussed the issues raised by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with the HUB, and co-authored a bioethics.net article concerning the oversight of gene transfer research on humans. Dr. Kahn also appeared on WYPR for his Midday on Ethics segment.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD, was quoted in NPR: Goats & Soda in their coverage of a young midwife’s murder in Nigeria.
Rubenstein was also on the European Interagency Security Forum podcast to discuss security incident data and how it can be used for advocacy.

The work of the Second Wave Initiative, co-founded by Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, was highlighted in Deseret News’ article “Pregnant women are largely left out of drug research. Should this change?

Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, provided and explored the guidelines of moral resilience in clinical practice in her Oxford University Press blog article.

Brendan Saloner, PhD, appeared as a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show to talk about the effects of opioids in schools and the prevention of fatal overdoses.
Dr. Saloner was also quoted in an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette concerning Arkansas’s state funding for combatting opioid addiction and in an AP article concerning Obamacare’s influence on opioid grant spending.

Alumni of the Masters of Bioethics program were featured in the Fall 2018 edition of Hopkins Medicine Magazine in “Bioethics Gets Practical.”


December 2018

Jeffrey Kahn
, PhD, MPH, spoke to several news outlets to comment on the claim by Chinese scientist He Jiankui that he genetically modified human embryos that were then implanted. Dr. Kahn spoke with The Wall Street JournalNPRThe Washington Post, and Vox.

Travis Rieder, PhD, was featured in “Motherboard Asked 105 Experts What Worries Them Most About the Future.”
Dr. Rieder was also featured on Fatherly in an article titled “How Many Kids Should I Have?: The Morality of Having a Larger Family.”

Jess Fanzo, PhD, was quoted in Reuters in an article covering the Global Nutrition Report, of which she is a lead author.
Dr. Fanzo wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg titled “Save the Climate, Eat Less Red Meat.”

Medpage Today quoted Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA, covering his talk at the FDA about solutions to drug shortages. Duke University and the Berman Institute also covered the event.


January 2019

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, was quoted in the New York Times in a profile of Natalie Suleman, who famously gave birth to octuplets in 2008.
Dr. Kahn also spoke to O Magazine in an article on direct-to-consumer genetic testing.
Dr. Kahn was also quoted in Vox in an article about CRISPR-edited babies allegedly born in China.
Dr. Kahn was also on WYPR’s Midday with Tom Hall to discuss the future of reproductive technologies and the CRISPR-edited twins recently born in China. For an archive of Dr. Kahn’s past appearances on Midday, click here.

Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, spoke to The Wall Street Journal in an article about dietitian-designed meal service in Mount Sinai hospital.
Dr. Faden also spoke to Mother Jones about the unjustified exclusion of pregnant women in vaccine studies.

The PREVENT Guidance, Pregnant Women & Vaccines Against Emerging Epidemic Threats, received extensive media coverage following its December 6 release. The Guidance was featured in The HUBThe TelegraphSTAT Morning RoundsPolitico PulseKaiser Daily Global Health Policy ReportContagion LiveHealioCIDRAPToday News AfricaPrecision VaccinationsBizWomenASPPH Newsletter, and VOA News.

Brendan Saloner, PhD, was quoted in Huffington Post about the role of Obamacare in mitigating the opioid crisis.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD, and Paul Spiegel, PhD, wrote an op-ed in The Hill about the impact of migration on societies.

Alan Goldberg, PhD, of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, discussed food ethics on the podcast Sourcing Matters.

February 2019

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, was quoted in the New England Journal of Medicine in an article on the future of gene editing.

Jessica Fanzo, PhD, co-authored a report by the EAT-Lancet Commission on a “planetary health diet.” The report received media coverage in VoxThe New York TimesFoodNavigatorBBCPhys.orgFoodTankEurekAlert!Kaiser Health News, and others.

Joseph Ali, JD, was quoted in JHSPH’s International Health Newspage in a story about his research on ethical requirement for mobile phone surveys in disease surveillance.

Carleigh Krubiner, PhD, spoke to VOA News about the recent Guidance from the Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics, and New Technologies (PREVENT) Working Group.

Travis Rieder, PhD, spoke to HotDoc about helping patients taper off of opioids and other pain medication.
Dr. Rieder also spoke to Medium about in vitro gametogenesis and the future of reproductive technologies.

Ruth Karron, MD; Carleigh Krubiner, PhD; and Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH wrote an op-ed for STAT News titled “As the world prepares to fight Lassa fever, the interests of pregnant women must be part of the planning.”

Joseph Carrese, MD, MPH, FACP, was interviewed by AP in a story about a doctor who ordered potentially fatal doses of fentanyl for 27 near-death patients in Columbus, OH.

A class on the Science Fiction and the Ethics of Technology: Sex, Robots, and Doing the Right Thing, taught by Rebecca Wilbanks, PhD, was featured in the HUB.

Brendan Saloner, PhD, led a study on post-overdose medical care in West Virginia that was covered by JHSPH.

Casey Jo Humbyrd, MD, co-authored a study on unfair criteria for joint replacement surgeries that was covered by Orthopedics This Week.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy announced the release of a report, Ethical Issues and Recommendations in Grateful Patient Fundraising and Philanthropy, which was co-authored by our Megan Collins, MD, MPH; Joseph Carrese, MD, MPH, FACP; Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH; Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA, and others.

March 2019

Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA, was featured on NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report where he was interviewed about drug shortages.
Dr. Unguru also wrote a response to an op-ed about the Right to Try Act for Healio’s HemOnc Today.

Jessica Fanzo, PhD, spoke on ABC Radio in Australia about the report issued by The EAT-Lancet commission on healthy diets and sustainable food systems, on which she served.

Dr. Fanzo was also named a FOLU Champion and was interviewed by the Food and Land Use Coalition.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD, wrote a blog post along with Carrie Lyons for Safeguarding Health in Conflict. The post is titled “Systemic Attack on Health Care in Sudan.”

Carleigh Krubiner, PhD, was quoted in STAT in their coverage of the policy change allowing pregnant women to receive the Ebola vaccine.
Dr. Krubiner was also quoted in Prospect Magazine in an article advocating for greater access to vaccines for pregnant women and in an article for Devex on the same subject.

Brendan Saloner, PhD, spoke to Buzzfeed News about the opioid epidemic in their article on Little Fall, Minnesota’s public health response.

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, was featured in Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine, answering the question “Should CRISPR be used to edit human genes to treat genetic diseases?”

Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, was quoted in The Telegraph in an article on secretly held blood samples from the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Nancy Kass, ScD, was quoted in The New Yorker’s article “’Reverse Innovation’ Could Save Lives. Why Aren’t We Embracing It?”

Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH, was quoted in Medical Ethics Advisor in an article on complex ethics research ethics questions.

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured a story about one of the 2018 JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Awardees: “Housing Our Story: Towards Archival Justice for Black Baltimore.”


April 2019

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, was featured on WYPR’s Midday with Tom Hall to talk about the Maryland House of Delegate’s decision to approve physician-assisted suicide. For an archive of Dr. Kahn’s past appearances on Midday, click here.

Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA, carried the conversation on the negative effects of drug shortages in the US, especially regarding his patients as a pediatric oncologist/hematologist. His perspectives are included in the Marketplace Morning ReportMedscapeBaltimore Sun, and STAT.
Dr. Unguru also talked with Healio about the Right to Try Act and how it may burden children with cancer and their families.

Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, commented on the effects of parental gratitude on pediatric care for Reuters.

Jess Fanzo, PhD, shared her thoughts with the New Sarawak Tribuneon the “Great Food Transformation” and why it is necessary.
Dr. Fanzo and Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, commented on the growing trend of lab-grown meat in Johns Hopkins Magazine.

Brendan Saloner, PhD, spoke with Bloomberg about current strategies for combating the opioid epidemic.

Debra Mathews, PhD, MA, was a guest on the Science Friday podcast where she spoke about whether altered genomes could be used in the future for creating new medicines and fuels.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD, was quoted in The Telegraph in an article covering his research on attacks on healthcare workers around the world.
Professor Rubenstein also wrote for Global Health Now, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s blog, about his research on the subject and recommended actions.


May 2019

Reality Makes Our Decisions: Ethical Challenges in Humanitarian Health in Situations of Extreme Violence, a report authored by our Leonard Rubenstein, JD, was covered by JHSPH’s Global Health Now and Kaiser Health News.

Megan Collins, MD, was quoted in Opthamology Times in an article on the creation of the Vision for Baltimore program.

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, joined host Tom Hall for another segment of Midday on Ethics on 88.1FM WYPR. They discussed the case of Caster Semenya and new requirements for female athletes with high testosterone levels to take medication to compete. Link to listen to this and prior episodes of Midday on Ethics with Dr. Kahn .

Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA, was quoted in Bloomberg News in a piece on drug shortages.

Nancy Kass, ScD, wrote for CAOS by Sage Bionetworks on Medium, “On the Ethics of Open Science.”

The Global Nutrition Report, co-chaired by Jessica Fanzo, PhD, was covered in The New York Times and Reuters.

PhD student Michael DiStefano, MBE, coauthored a study of price differentials between brand name and prescription drugs. The study was featured in a press release issued via Science Daily.


June 2019

Brendan Saloner, PhD, was quoted in Reuters in an article about Medicaid work requirements.
Dr. Saloner also spoke to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphiaabout neonatal abstinence syndrome and social context.
Dr. Saloner commented on a study showing racial disparities in buprenorphine access covered by Medscape.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD, authored a letter to the editor of The Washington Post calling for the adherence to the laws of war.
Professor Rubenstein and Safeguarding Health in Conflict released a report titled “Impunity Remains: Attacks on Healthcare in 23 Countries in Conflict in 2018.” The report received extensive media coverage in ReutersBritish Medical JournalDevexHealth Policy Watch, and other outlets.

Nurse.com wrote about moral distress, courage, and resilience, referencing research by Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA, will be on WYPR’s On the Record with Sheilah Kast discussing chemotherapy shortages on June 19th.