Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter – May 2021

May 2021


Marie Nolan named interim dean of Hopkins School of Nursing
Longtime nursing executive vice dean and professor with a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Marie Nolan is internationally recognized for her work in palliative care.

Debra Mathews was appointed Ethics and Governance Lead at the Institute for Assured Autonomy at Johns Hopkins University.

Ruth Faden will serve as a Senior Adviser to the newly formed COVID Commission Planning Group, based at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.


“Marketing, Race and Racial Equity” 
Robert H. Levi Leadership Symposium
May 3, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Keynote lecture by Sonya Grier, PhD, of American University followed by a panel discussion with ethics, public health and marketing experts: George Brenkert (Georgetown University), Nicholas Freudenberg (CUNY), Ronald Hill (American University) and Craig Smith (INSEAD).  Watch on YouTube.

Diversifying Precision Medicine: Reflections from the Trenches of Clinical Translational Genomics
Bioethics Seminar Series
May 10, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Stephanie Malia Fullerton, DPhil, is Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Fullerton’s work focuses on the ethical and social implications of genomic research and its equitable and safe translation for clinical and public health benefit. Join on Zoom here with password “Fullerton”.

Food: The Power is on Your Plate
Fuller Seminar Series
May 11, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Jessica Fanzo: Can Everybody Win? – A discussion of the tradeoffs that must be considered and addressed with a global food system transformation. Register here.


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Global equity in protection of pregnant frontline workers,” Wellcome Open Research
Authors: Elana F. Jaffe, Ruth A. Karron, Carleigh B. Krubiner, et al, including Ruth Faden

Employees’ Views and Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Assessment of Voluntary Workplace Genomic Testing,” Frontiers in Genetics
Authors: Kunal Sanghavi, W. Gregory Feero, Debra J. H. Mathews, et al

Developing a competency framework for health research ethics education and training,” Journal of Medical Ethics
Authors: Sean Tackett, Jeremy Sugarman, Chirk Jenn Ng, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Joseph Ali

Leveraging the Affordable Housing Sector to Respond to the Opioid Crisis,” Public Health Reports
Authors: Craig Evan Pollack, Brendan Saloner, Stephen Lucas

Genomics in Patient Care and Workforce Decisions in High-Level Isolation Units: A Survey of Healthcare Workers,” Health Security
Authors: Jennifer E. Gerber, Gail Geller, Angie Boyce, et al

Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis’s Indirect Health Impacts for Women and Girls,” Center for Global Development
Authors: Carleigh Krubiner, Megan O’Donnell, Julia Kaufman, Shelby Bourgault

It will end in tiers: A strategy to include “dabblers” in the buprenorphine workforce after the X-waiver,” Substance Abuse
Authors: Brendan Saloner, Barbara Andraka Christou, Adam J. Gordon, Bradley D. Stein

Sterilization in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) Detention: Ethical Failures and Systemic Injustice,” American Journal of Public Health
Authors: Elizabeth C. Ghandakly, Rachel Fabi

Legal and Ethical Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates for Healthcare Workers,” Mid-Atlantic Ethics Committee Newsletter
Authors: Brian HutlerRachel Gur-Arie

Randomized comparison of two interventions to enhance understanding during the informed consent process for research,” Clinical Trials
Authors: Holly A Taylor, Daphne Washington, Nae-Yuh Wang, Hilden Patel, Daniel Ford, Nancy E KassJoseph Ali

Case Study from a Maryland Hospital: Comments from a Neonatologist/Bioethicist,” Mid-Atlantic Ethics Committee Newsletter
Author: Renee Boss

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April 29

Eating for a Better Future
Jessica Fanzo is interviewed

In Patients We Trust: Why Clinicians Need To Believe And Respect Patients
Health Affairs Blog
David Schleifer and Mary Catherine Beach write.

April 28
When Will The Pandemic Be “Over”? We Ask Two Medical Historians.
WYPR Midday
Jeremy Greene was a guest.

‘It’s a massive injustice’: inside a film on the dangers of overpopulation
The Guardian 
With comments from Travis Rieder.

Hopkins team contributes to dashboard examining COVID-19’s impact on global education
The JHU News-letter
With comments from Megan Collins and Rachel Gur-Arie.

April 27

US lifts barriers to prescribing addiction treatment drug
The Washington Post (AP)
With comments from Brendan Saloner.
April 26

COVID-19: Should Biden help vaccinate the world?
Thomas Reuters Foundation News
With comments from Ruth Faden.

April 21

New AJCN Journal Sections in Food Systems, Precision Nutrition
ACJN In Press Podcast
Jessica Fanzo was a guest.

April 20

There are plenty of moral reasons to be vaccinated – but that doesn’t mean it’s your ethical duty
The Conversation
Authored by Travis Rieder.

April 17
Data gap threatens to complicate Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

April 16

Human/Monkey Chimeric Embryos

Al Jazeera English

Alan Regenberg was interviewed live on-air.


The Lost Embryos

The New York Times

With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

April 15
Chimeric Human-Monkey Embryos Kept Alive for a Record 19 Days
With comments from Alan Regenberg.

April 14
‘Global Education Recovery Tracker’ Offers Country-by-Country Status on School Reopening
Market Brief
With comments from Megan Collins.

Top Biden Covid officials to discuss vaccine rollout with House after J&J shots paused
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

Ending the pandemic and combating vaccine resistance: Modern questions with a long history


Jeremy Greene is featured.

April 13

Scrambled plans, delays, and new fears accompany J&J COVID-19 vaccination pause across Philly region
The Philadelphia Inquirer
With comments from Ruth Faden.

US Pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Over Rare Blood Clots
VOA News
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

Panicked patients call doctors as Covid vaccine hesitancy rises with J&J blood clot issue
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

Maryland pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine as CDC, FDA study six reports of blood clots
The Baltimore Sun
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

April 9
Absenteeism Is the Wrong Student Engagement Metric to Use Right Now
Education Week
Authored by Sara Johnson, Annette Anderson, and Ruth Faden.

Black patients less credible to their physicians than white patients, clinician EHR notes suggest
Becker’s Health IT
With comments from Mary Catherine Beach.

April 8

EHR Clinician Notes Offer Glimpse into Implicit Bias in Medicine
EHR Intelligence
With comments from Mary Catherine Beach.

Johns Hopkins creates online site to track school reopening decisions

WMAR Baltimore

With comments from Megan Collins.

April 7

Analysis of medical records shows physicians are more likely to doubt Black patients than white patients
With comments from Mary Catherine Beach.

April 6

Do We Need Vaccine Passports?

1A Podcast

Nancy Kass was a guest.

April 5

‘I miss school’: 800m children still not fully back in classes
The Guardian
A new Covid-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker from Unicef, the World Bank and Johns Hopkins eSchool+ Initiative is monitoring closures across the world, analysing where children are learning at home or at school.

April 4

Distribution of Longevity and Mortality in Learning Health Systems: The Ultimate Structural Injustice
Marielle Gross writes.

April 3

Coronavirus vaccine passports beg the question: Who should know whether you’ve gotten the shot?
Cleveland Plain-Dealer
With comments from Nancy Kass.


Yoram Unguru guest lectured on Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Medicine to the UMBC Biology 123 class on Human Genetics.

Leonard Rubenstein gave a talk on April 27 at Chatham House, London, titled “Attacks on Health and Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: Five Years on from UN Security Council Resolution 2286.”

Travis Rieder gave two talks about the opioid epidemic and his book, In Pain. One talk was part of SUNY Downstate’s STAR Program. Another was for the Baltimore County Public Library.

Prof. Rieder also gave they keynote address at the ACGME Stakeholders Congress. His talk was titled, “What One Patient’s Experience with Pain Medicine Can Teach Us about Responsible Pain Medicine.”

Michael Erdek gave the commencement address to graduating seniors of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Duquesne University.

Jeffrey Kahn gave three invited talks in April. He gave a presentation titled “Ethical and Policy Considerations in COVID-19”at the 32nd Annual Health Law Conference at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law on April 9.

He presented on “Heritable Human Genome Editing in Clinical Practice: Scientific, Social, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives” at the American College of Medical Henetics and Genomics (ACMG) Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting on April 14.

Prof. Kahn gave a presentation, “Ethics in Public Health: Vaccine Distribution, COVID Passports” as part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Spotlight Series on April 27.

Jeremy Sugarman gave a talk titled “Ethical Considerations in Next Generation HIV Prevention Trial Designs” at the HIV Forum Webinar on The Protocol Design Considerations: Analyses for Efficacy on April 14.

Dr. Sugarman also gave a talk titled “Working in the Ethics of Global Health” at the Global Health Pathway and the John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.