Events

Featured Events

2018-19 Seminar Series
Free and open to the public, lunchtime lecture series hosts top national experts in bioethics
Ethics for Lunch
Monthly discussion at Johns Hopkins Hospital about about an important clinical ethics issue
Mar 27
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Berman Institute Director Jeffrey Kahn participates in a live web stream of a panel discussion on the unfolding debate as to whether human germline genome editing should be permitted.

Apr 8
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Brian Carter, William T. and Marjorie Sirridge Professor in Medical Humanities at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, will continue the Berman Institute’s 2018-19 seminar series when he delivers the Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture: “Insights from patienthood: A pediatrician and bioethicist’s reflections on pediatric palliative care” on April 8.

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Zayed 2117
Apr 12
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

An innovative project that presents Greek plays as a catalyst for discussions about death, illness, palliative care, and the challenges faced by patients, families, and medical professionals today.

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Chevy Chase Auditorum
Apr 13
11:00 am - 1:30 pm

An innovative project that presents Greek plays as a catalyst for discussions about death, illness, palliative care, and the challenges faced by patients, families, and medical professionals today.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre
Apr 16
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Modern health care requires balancing competing obligations and responsibilities. This presentation by James Corbett, Principal of Initium Health, will highlight the ethical challenges of care delivery and offer a vision of what is possible by moving beyond charity and re-imagining community.

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Zayed 2117
Apr 22
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Effy Vayena will continue the 2018-19 Berman Institute Seminar Series with the talk, “Digital Health Ethics: The Systemic Oversight Approach.” Her current research focus is on ethical and policy questions in personalized medicine and digital health.   

Bloomberg School of Public Health Feinstone Hall
May 13
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Holly Fernandez Lynch, John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, will continue the Berman Institute’s 2018-19 Seminar Series with “Evaluating IRB Quality and Effectiveness” on May 13.

Lynch says, “Empirical data demonstrate many problems with the existing system of research ethics oversight by Institutional Review Boards, including inconsistency, delay, burden, and nontransparency. However, evaluating positive elements of IRB quality and effectiveness is far more challenging. How can we tell if IRBs are successfully doing what they were created to do and whether efforts to reform the system will improve outcomes?”
Lynch is also the Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education, helping to lead the university’s first online master’s degree, the Master of Health Care Innovation, and other online offerings. Her scholarly work primarily focuses on human subjects research ethics and regulation, with current projects relating to voluntariness in research participation, defining and evaluating Institutional Review Board quality and effectiveness, access to investigational products, and patient engagement in research. Professor Fernandez Lynch is the author of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise in 2008 (MIT Press), and has also co-edited several volumes on topics including human subjects research; biospecimens research; FDA policy; “nudging” health; law, religion, and health; big data and health care; and transparency in health care. She has been involved with sponsored research projects addressing the health of professional football players, recruitment of participants to clinical trials, and oversight of patient-centered outcomes research.

Professor Fernandez Lynch was appointed to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2014; she is also an active member of the SACHRP Subcommittee on Harmonization. She served as Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School from 2012-2017, and was Teaching Faculty at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. Before that, she practiced FDA law at Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells), served as a bioethicist with the Human Subjects Protection Branch at the NIH’s Division of AIDS, and was Senior Policy and Research Analyst for President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Professor Fernandez Lynch received her BA in health and societies, her JD, and her Master of Bioethics all from the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, she participated in LDI’s Summer Underrepresented Minority Research (SUMR) program in 2002.

Bloomberg School of Public Health Feinstone Hall
May 15
All Day

The Berman Institute proudly sponsors APHC’s annual meeting, “Social Justice and Professionalism: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities”

May 21
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Monthly interdisciplinary and inter-professional case case discussion of ethics in clinical practice

Wilmer Building, Patz Lecture Hall