Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter – March 2022

March 2022


The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released a report on “Realizing the Promise of Equity in the Organ Transplantation System.”  Mario Macis served on the publication’s committee.

Ivor Berkowitz was promoted to the rank of Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.


Monday, March 14, 2022, 12 – 1 pm ET
The Ethics of Living Organ Donation – One Donor’s Experience with Martha Gershun
Bioethics Seminar Series
Martha Gershun will discuss her decision to donate a kidney to a stranger and the long, complicated process that finally led to a successful surgery nine months later.

Thursday, March 16, 2022, 5 – 7 pm ET
The Nurse Antigone
Theater of War Productions, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics & School of Nursing
A dramatic reading of Sophocles’ Antigone to help frame powerful, guided discussions about challenges faced by nurses. Cynda Rushton will serve on the discussion panel.


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Ethical and epistemic issues in the design and conduct of pragmatic stepped-wedge cluster randomized clinical trials,
Contemporary Clinical Trials
Authors: Carole A. Federico, Patrick J. Heagerty, John Lantos, et al, including Jeremy Sugarman

Conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19 in Nigeria: Implications for vaccine demand generation communications,
Authors: Chizoba Winodi, Chisom Obi-Jeff, Funmilayo Adewumi, et al, including Rachel Gur-Arie, Carleigh Krubiner, and Ruth Faden

Identifying Needs, Challenges, and Benefits Among Adults and Parents of Children with Hirschsprung Disease,
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Authors: Courtney Berrios, Juli Bollinger, Jia Yan, et al

Disadvantage and the experience of treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
SSM- Qualitative Research In Health
Authors: Holly Taylor, David Dowdy, Alexandra Searle, et al., including Maria Merritt

Healthy Eating Policy and Political Philosophy: A Public Reason Approach
Oxford University Press
Authors: Anne Barnhill and Matteo Bonotti

COVID-19 Vaccination: Health Care Organizations’ Responsibility and Opportunity
American Journal of Public Health
Authors: Katie O’Conor, Sherita Golden, Mark Hughes, et al.

Home mechanical ventilation for children with severe neurological impairment: Parents’ perspectives on clinician counselling
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Authors: Jori Bogetz, Vasu Munjapara, Carrie Henderson, et al., including Renee Boss

The Impact of Hyperopia on Academic Performance Among Children
Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
Authors: Sonia Mavi, Chan, Fai Ving, Gianni Virgili, et al., including Megan Collins

Public opinion regarding U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of aducanumab and potential policy responses: A nationally representative survey
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Authors: Michael DiStefano, Caleb Alexander, Daniel Polsky, Gerard Anderson

BOOK REVIEW: How to Resuscitate an Ailing Norm
Health and Human Rights Journal
Author: Abby Stoddard

The healer as the enemy: attacking health care in war
The Lancet
Author: Samer Jabbour

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March 2, 2022

Russian Missile Hits Maternity Hospital Near Kyiv
Medpage Today
With Leonard Rubenstein

February 28, 2022

Is COVID in the Rearview Mirror? Not Really.
Next Avenue
In a Q&A, Dr. David Meyers, a biomedical ethicist, looks back at the past two years and forward to COVID’s future.

February 23, 2022
Kadija Ferryman, PhD: Race Matters in Health Data
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics & Institute for Assured Autonomy Virtual Seminar Series
Watch now: Prof. Ferryman describes how processes of racialization become material, or evident in health data.

February 22, 2022
When Will the Pandemic End?
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs decided to ask a broad pool of experts for their take on the future of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The experts include our Ruth Faden.

February 18, 2022

Carlton Haywood Jr., a health equity researcher who advocated for sickle cell disease patients, dies at 45
Baltimore Sun
Dr. Carlton Haywood Jr., an assistant professor in the Berman Institute of Bioethics and in the division of hematology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, died Dec. 31 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

February 16, 2022
What Is Harm Reduction?
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Harm reduction is exactly what it sounds like: reducing the harm associated with using drugs through a variety of public health interventions.  Travis Rieder, PhD, MA, helps answer some questions about harm reduction.

February 15, 2022
The Guardian view on healthcare in war: protect those who aid others
The Guardian
With our Leonard Rubenstein

February 10, 2022
Identifying Needs, Challenges, and Benefits Among Adults and Parents of Children with Hirschsprung Disease
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Provision of information, recommendations, and referrals based on each individual family’s needs can support families with Hirschsprung disease, authors include Juli Bollinger 

February 8, 2022
Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant? Here’s what experts say.
National Geographic
Pregnant people might hesitate to get vaccinated because there’s no data on how it works for them. Medical experts, including our Ruth Faden, lay out what is known and how each person can weigh their own risks and benefits.

February 7, 2022
Conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19 in Nigeria: Implications for vaccine demand generation communications
This study systematically elicits the misinformation and conspiracy theories circulating about COVID-19 among the Nigerian public authors include Rachel Gur-Arie, Ruth Faden, and Carleigh Krubiner.

February 2, 2022
Philosophy in Focus: Social Justice
Oxford Academic
Including the chapter “Well-Being and Human Rights” from the book Structural Injustice by Madison Powers & Ruth Faden.

January 31, 2022
Provide Tax Breaks to Encourage Electric Vehicle Manufacturers to Produce Low-Cost Models for a Fair Net Zero Transition, New Study Recommends
Johns Hopkins Institute of Bioethics
Including Jess Fanzo.

A Philosophy of Recipes
Bloomsbury Academic
Including a chapter by Anne Barnhill.


Thursday, March 3, 2022, 12pm ET

The Promise and Perils of Religious Arbitration: New Research, Emerging Trends, and Practitioners’ Perspective
Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion
This virtual conference sponsored by the Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) brings together scholars, experts and practitioners to examine key trends, practices, and problems related to arbitration tribunals in religious communities in the United States. Our Brian Hutler will present.

The Corporate Capture of Democratic Decisions
2022 American Philosophical Association Central Conference
February 26, 2022
Paper was co-presented by our Athmeya Jayaram

Balancing Hope and Hype for Novel Therapies for Childhood Cancer: Ethical Considerations
February 8, 2022
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA Oncology Center of Excellence.  Pediatric Enrollment in Cancer Clinical Trials of Cell and Gene Therapy Symposium
Talk by our Yoram Unguru.

The Pervasive Violence Against Health Care in Armed Conflict, Medical University of South Carolina, Health Crisis of War: Making War a Priority Health Agenda
Feb. 4, 2022
Talk by our Leonard Rubenstein.