Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter – November 2020

November 2020


Feeding the World Well: A Framework for Ethical Food SystemsJohns Hopkins University Press
Editor: Alan M. Goldberg
Leading experts reveal ways that the future of food production for the world’s burgeoning population can (and must) be both sustainable and ethical. Contributors include Jessica FanzoAnne BarnhillRuth Faden, and Claire Davis.

Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, was awarded the 2021 Nicholas Davies Memorial Award by the American College of Physicians. Dr. Greene receives the award for “outstanding scholarly activities in history, literature, philosophy, and ethics and contributions to humanism in medicine.”

The Berman Institute’s wide and growing array of postdoctoral fellowships are helping launch the careers of the next generation of bioethics scholars. The Berman Institute’s flagship postdoctoral program is the Hecht-Levi Fellowship, offering a two-year program of study and experiential learning in bioethics. Although an extensive background in bioethics is not required, priority will be given to applicants with at least some exposure to bioethics during their education. The selection process is highly competitive, with up to two Fellows accepted into the program each year. Additionally, we are recruiting candidates for the Ruth Faden Scholars Program.

Additional postdoctoral fellowships with a specific focus include:

Berman Institute faculty members Jeremy Greene, Jeffrey Kahn, and Hanna Pickard will serve on the Johns Hopkins Committee to Establish Principles on Naming. The committee will develop guidance for future decisions about the names of existing facilities, professorships, scholarships, fellowships, and programs.

Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA, was named “Top Doctor” by Baltimore Magazine.


November 9, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
Seminar Series: Clinicians, COVID, and the Culture of Medicine
Susan Block, MD

The Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture will reflect on clinician experiences of caring for patients with COVID, and contextualize these responses within a discussion of the culture of medicine, in relation to dealing with failure, death, loss, and learning.

November 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM EST
Theater of War: Frontline Performance

Dramatic reading by acclaimed actors of scenes from ancient Greek plays to help nurses, doctors, EMS, first responders, administrators, and other health care providers engage in healing, constructive discussions about the unique challenges and stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 23, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
Seminar Series: What Can a Focus on Fakes and Fakery Teach Us About Health?
Patricia Kingori, PhD


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Lost in Translation: The Role of Interpreters on Labor and Delivery
Health Equity
Authors: Margot Le Neveu, Zackary BergerMarielle Gross

Nutrition Transition and Climate Risks in Nigeria: Moving Towards Food Systems Policy Coherence
Current Environmental Health Reports
Authors: Alexandra E. Morgan, Jessica Fanzo

Operational recommendations for scarce resource allocation in a public health crisis
Authors: Michael R. Ehmann, Elizabeth K. Zink, Amanda B. Levin, including Mark T. Hughes, Jeffrey KahnCynda H. Rushton, and Yoram Unguru,

Patient Safety in Primary Care: Conceptual Meanings to the Health Care Team and Patients
The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Authors: Alden Yuanhong Lai, Christina T. Yuan, Jill A. Marsteller, et al, including Zackary D. Berger

The feasibility of recruiting and retaining men who have sex with men and transgender women in a multinational prospective HIV prevention research cohort study in sub-Saharan Africa (HPTN 075)
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Authors: Theodorus GM Sandfort, Erica L Hamilton, Anita Marais, Xu Guo, Jeremy Sugarman, et al

US Adults’ Preferences for Public Allocation of a Vaccine for Coronavirus Disease 2019
JAMA Network Open
Authors: Sarah E. Gollust, Brendan Saloner, Robert Hest, Lynn A. Blewett

Access and enrollment in safety net programs in the wake of COVID-19: A national cross-sectional survey
Authors: Brendan Saloner, Sarah E. Gollust, Colin Planalp, Lynn A. Blewett

Clinical Risk Factors for COVID-19 Among People With Substance Use Disorders
Psychiatric Services
Authors: Hefei Wen, Michael L. Barnett, Brendan Saloner

Reactions to the National Academies/Royal Society Report on Heritable Human Genome EditingThe CRISPR Journal
Authors: Misha Angrist, Rodolphe Barrangou, Françoise Baylis, et al, including Debra Mathews

The Changing Landscape in Pediatric Hospitals: A Multicenter Study of How Pediatric Chronic Critical Illness Impacts NICU ThroughputAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Authors: Renee D. Boss, Carrie M. Henderson, Elliott M. Weiss, et al.

The Impact of Various Risk Assessment Time Frames on the Performance of Opioid Overdose Forecasting ModelsMedical Care 
Authors: Hsien-Yen Chang, Lindsey Ferris, Matthew Eisenberg, et al, including Brendan Saloner

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October 29

Emails Show Trump’s CDC Went MIA in Pennsylvania When COVID-19 Hit
Jacobin Magazine
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

A Bioethicist’s Personal Opioid Nightmare


A Q&A with Travis Rieder.


October 27

The Ethics of Trial Drug Use In The Era Of COVID-19
WYPR: Midday with Tom Hall
October 27
Jeffrey Kahn returns as a guest.


October 21

A Covid-19 Vaccine Doesn’t Need to Be Perfect
The New Republic
With comments from Ruth Faden.


October 20

Kids with certain medical conditions should not attend in-person school while COVID-19 continues to spread
The Baltimore Sun
With comments from Megan Collins and Ruth Faden.


October 19

A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists
The New York Times
With comments from Ruth Faden.

Children in Remote-Learning Programs Missing Out on Physical Activity
CBS News
Katelyn Esmonde was a guest.


October 18

Parents cope with slow coronavirus test results, mixed messaging from schools and officials

The Globe & Mail
Megan Collins was interviewed.


October 17

Scientists worry as more Americans say they’ll refuse COVID-19 vaccine
New York Post
With comments from Nancy Kass.


October 16

Winter Is Coming
Inside Higher Ed
With comments from Nancy Kass.

Sustainable Diets: It’s Not a Fantasy


Jessica Fanzo is interviewed.


October 15

How digital dynamism can transform post-COVID food systems
Landscape News
With comments from Jessica Fanzo.


October 14

Who will get the vaccine first? Here’s where you might land in line.
National Geographic
With comments from Ruth Faden.


October 8

The Do’s and Don’ts of Discussing Monetary Donations With Patients
Written by our Joseph Carrese.


October 7

In a First, New England Journal of Medicine Joins Never-Trumpers
New York Times
With comments from Jeremy Greene.


October 6

Experts call for including pregnant women in COVID-19 vaccine trials
Yahoo News
Ruth Faden and Carleigh Krubiner are among the guests.


October 5

US States Roll Out Apps Alerting People to COVID-19 Exposure
VOA News
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy And The Supreme Court’s Future

WYPR: On the Record

Karen Rothenberg was a guest.


October 3

Professionalism and Wellness
Healthcare Professionalism: Education Research & Resources Podcast
Joseph Carrese was a guest.


October 1

The Role of Rapid COVID Tests in Our Next Normal

Bloomberg Businessweek Podcast

Megan Collins was a guest.


September 28

Inoculating Against the ‘Infodemic’
Johns Hopkins Medicine
With comments from Joseph Ali.


November 10

Jeffrey Kahn will moderate a session titled “Our Health, Your Privacy at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Summit on Security.


November 6

Yoram Unguru gave a talk at the 13th Annual Florida Pediatrics Bioethics Conference hosted by Wolfson Children’s Hospital. His talk was titled “Respect or Resist—Refusal of Standard Treatments for Favorable Prognosis Childhood Cancer When Children & Parents Say ‘No.’”


November 4

Anne Barnhill gave a guest lecture on The Ethics of COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution

as part of a course on the Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Research at the NIH Department of Bioethics.


October 30

Yoram Unguru gave the keynote speech at Angels for Change Summit One: Together Ending Life Saving Drug Shortages. His speech was titled “Drug Scarcity in Childhood Cancer, a Crisis in American Healthcare.”

Anne Barnhill was an invited participant at the Online Manipulation Workshop hosted by the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech.


October 23

Rachel Gur Arie created a video titled Trust, Solidarity and COVID-19 as part of the Berman Institute’s Bieothics Conversations series.


October 22

Rachel Gur Arie created a video titled Hesitancy Around Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine as part of the Berman Institute’s Bioethics Conversations series.

Jeffrey Kahn was an invited speaker at the MIT Technology Review Virtual Conference, EmTech: Using Technology to Protect and Track Information. His talk was titled “The Challenge of Contact Tracing.”


October 20

David Meyers served on a panel discussing Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Health Disparities, and COVID-19 at the 13th Annual International Conference on Improving Diagnosis. This conference was sponsored by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.


October 9

Marielle Gross and Jean Anderson discuss the benefits and risks as they relate to obstetric and gynecologic care in a video titled New Benefits and Risks to Telemedicine in OB/GYN Care. This video is part of the Berman Institute’s Bioethics Conversation series.

Jeffrey Kahn was an invited speaker at the 2020 Responsible Machine Learning Summit: AI and COVID-19 hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara. His talk was titled “Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance.”


Jeremy Sugarman spoke at GeNeDis 2020: Genetics, Geriatrics and Neurodegenerative Diseases, hosted by The Foundation for Research and Technology. His talk was titled “Gathering Data to Inform the Ethics of Neurological Research.”


Jessica Fanzo was an invited speaker at Terra Madre: Salone del Gusto. Her talk was titled “The Well-Being of the Planet and People” and it was part of Terra Madre’s Food Talk series.


October 7

Ruth Faden co-chaired a session at The State of Coronavirus Vaccine Development in the US: A Virtual Symposiumhosted by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington.