Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter – November 2021

November 2021


Renee Boss, Mary Catherine Beach, and Yoram Unguru were recognized in Baltimore Magazine’s 2021 Top Doctors List

Megan Collins was promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Medicine.


Marzyeh Ghassemi: fAIrest of Them All

Seminar Series, Berman Institute of Bioethics

Monday, November 8, 2021, 12 – 1 pm EST

Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi will explore the difficulty of making state-of-the-art machine learning models behave as we say, not as we do, and how technical choices that seems natural in other settings may not work well in health. Join us on Zoom. Free & open to all.


Elizabeth Barnes, PhD

Seminar Series, Berman Institute of Bioethics

Monday, November 22, 2021, 12 – 1 pm EST

More info TBA. Free & open to all.


What is the Moral Universe of the Muslim Researcher?

MORES Hot Topics in Research Ethics

Monday, November 29, 2021, 8 – 9 am, EST

This webinar will focus on the ways in which debates and questions involving Islam within the biomedical research context are negotiated. Dr. Mehrunisha Suleman will present findings from her DPhil research and book entitled Islam and Biomedical Research Ethics. Please register here:


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Viewpoint: Rigorous monitoring is necessary to guide food system transformation in the countdown to the 2030 global goals“, Food Policy

Authors: Jessica Fanzo, Lawrence Haddad, Kate R. Schneider, et al, including Rebecca McLaren


Identification and management of pragmatic clinical trial collateral findings: A current understanding and directions for future researchHealthcare

Authors: Stephanie R. Morain, Debra J.H. Mathews, Gail Geller, Juli Bollinger, Kevin Weinfurt, Jeffrey Jarvik, Elizabeth May, Jeremy Sugarman


COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in Federal and State Prisons Compared With the US Population, April 5, 2020, to April 3, 2021“, JAMA Network

Authors: Neal Marquez, Julie Ward, Kalind Parish, Brendan Saloner, Sharon Dolovich


Pregnant Individuals’ Views on Fetal Tissue Research in the United States“, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Authors: Natalie Spach, Elana Jaffe, Kristen Sullivan, Ilona Goldfarb, Jean Anderson, Jenelle Coleman, Sappho Gilbert, Marielle Gross, Lisa Rahangdale, Ruth R. Faden, Anne Lyerly


Justice and equity in pragmatic clinical trials: Considerations for pain research within integrated health systems“,Learning Health Systems

Authors: Joseph Ali, Alison F. Davis, Diana J. Burgess, et al.


Beyond price and income: Preferences and food values in peri-urban Viet Nam“, Appetite

Authors: Winnie Bell, Jennifer Coates, Jessica Fanzo, et al.


Developing an audio-based communication tool for NICU discharge of Latino families with imited English proficiency“, Patient Education and Counseling

Authors: Sara Munoz-Blancoa, Renee D. Boss, Lisa Ross DeCamp, et al.


Nonfungible Tokens as a Blockchain Solution to Ethical Challenges for the Secondary Use of Biospecimens: Viewpoint“, JMIR Bioinformatics and Biotechnology

Authors: Marielle S Gross, Amelia J Hood, Robert C Miller Jr


The Submissive Silence of Others: Examining Definitions of Shared Decision Making“, Patient Education & Counseling

Authors: Zackary Berger, Dariusz Galasinski, Peter Scalia, et al.


Moral Injury and Moral Resilience in Health Care Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic“, Journal of Palliative Medicine

Authors: Cynda H. Rushton, Tessy A. Thomas, Inga M. Antonsdottir, et al.


Perceived Utility of Genomic Sequencing: Qualitative Analysis and Synthesis of a Conceptual Model to Inform Patient‑Centered Instrument Development“, The Patient

Authors: Hadley Stevens Smith, Stephanie R. Morain, Jill Oliver Robinson, et al.


State Mask Mandate Bans for Schools: Law, Science, and Public Health“, Pediatrics

Authors: Y. Tony Yang, Sarah Schaffer DeRoo and Stephanie Morain


Disparities In County COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Linked To Disadvantage And Hesitancy“, Health Affairs

Authors: Matthew Crane, Ruth Faden, John Romley


A Path to Sustainable Food Systems“, Current History

Authors: Jessica Fanzo


The Global Diet Quality Score Is Inversely Associated with Nutrient Inadequacy, Low Midupper Arm Circumference, and Anemia in Rural Adults in Ten Sub-Saharan African Countries“, Journal of Nutrition

Authors: Sabri Bromage, Yiwen Zhang, Michelle D Holmes, et al, including our Jessica Fanzo

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November 1, 2021

Hesitancy Plays Increasing Role in Vaccine Coverage Disparities Despite Wide Availability

USC Schaeffer Press

With comments from investigator Ruth Faden.


Disparities In County COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Linked To Disadvantage And Hesitancy

Health Affairs

With Ruth Faden.


Pregnant people were shut out of Covid vaccine trials — with disastrous results


With comments from Ruth Faden.

October 29, 2021

What to Expect When You’re Expecting… In the Next Pandemic? (Scroll to 2nd story)


With Ruth Faden.


When war breaks out, doctors and nurses often become casualties

Washington Post

With Leonard Rubenstein

October 28, 2021

Small employers also need the vaccine mandate

The Hill

Written by Nancy Kass and Ruth Faden.

October 26, 2021


Opinion: The importance of offering vaccine choice in the fight against COVID-19


Mark T. Hughes & Jeffrey Kahn write.


Pulling Afghanistan back from the Precipice—without Capitulation


With Leonard Rubenstein

Dr. Richard Brennan, WHO Emergency Operations: The “Delicate Dance” with the Taliban


With Leonard Rubenstein

October 20, 2021

Pediatricians and public health officials should present a united front against controversial state masking bans for schools


With and Stephanie Morain.

October 19, 2021

Nursing schools see applications rise, despite COVID burnout

The Mining Journal

With comments from Marie Nolan.


Solving the Opioid Epidemic

Bioethics for the People

In this podcast, Dr. Travis Rieder talks about opioids, addition, and a motorcycle accident that changed his life.


Beyond burnout: Moral exhaustion in the clinical workforce

Radio Advisory Podcast

With Cynda Rushton.

October 18, 2021

More Race Data Needed on COVID Vaccination and Testing, Researchers Say

MedPage Today

With Kadija Ferryman, PhD.


How COVID-19 Is Impacting Kids’ Vision

Public Health On Call

With Dr. Megan Collins.

October 14, 2021

Britain Infected Volunteers With the Coronavirus. Why Won’t the U.S.?

New York Times

With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

October 11, 2021

Nursing Leaders on Healthcare Misinfo: ‘We’ve Got a Big Problem’


Cynda Rushton asserts that it’s time to “recalibrate the social contract” between nurses and society. “We are not finite, expendable resources.”


Past Pandemics Remind Us Covid Will Be an Era, Not a Crisis That Fades

New York Times

Dr. Jeremy Greene comments.

October 8, 2021

Julian Sheather: Perilous medicine

The BMJ Opinion

With Leonard Rubenstein

October 5, 2021

Watch now: Leonard Rubenstein “The Paradoxical Fragility of the Norms of Protection of Health Care in War”

Berman Institute (via YouTube)

As Leonard Rubenstein explains in his new book, Perilous Medicine: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War, it has been more than 150 years since the first Geneva Convention outlawed attacks on wounded and sick soldiers and their caregivers in armed conflict. Link to recording.

October 4, 2021

Dr. Jeff Kahn: The volatile ethics of COVID vaccine and mask mandates


Dr. Jeffrey Kahn joins WYPR host Tom Hall for another installment of ‘Midday on Ethics’.


October 1, 2021

Agri-food systems transformation: new, ambitious framework proposed to monitor progress

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United States

Lead author Jessica Fanzo comments. Scientists include Rebecca McLaren.


Ethical issues in the management of dead bodies during infectious disease outbreaks


Including our Joseph Ali.


Conceptualizations of solidarity and reciprocity in public health emergencies


October 2021

Rachel Gur-Arie is a member of the project team.

September 22, 2021

Moral Injury and the Wounds We Cannot See

Mind of Medicine: A Different Healthcare Conversation

With Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton.

September 13, 2021

Perilous Medicine: The Quest to Restore Protections for Health Workers

Global Health NOW

With Leonard Rubenstein


“Flying Under the Radar”: Informality, Opacity, and Surveillance in the Urban U.S

American Anthropological Association

November 20, 2021

Talk by Tali Ziv.


Investing in Baltimore City’s Youth

Johns Hopkins Medicine for the Greater Good Symposium

November 16, 2021

Panelist Megan Collins.


Health Care Disparities and Increasing Diversity in Clinical Trials

American Academy of Ophthalmology

November 14, 2021

Talk by Megan Collins.


The 33rd Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics

Friday November 12 & Saturday November 13, 2021

This annual conference draws speakers who discuss today’s issues in clinical medical ethics. This year’s speakers include Megan Collins. Link for more info and free registration.


Donor and Patient Ethical Considerations in Transplant and Cellular Therapy

ONE Forum 2021 Virtual Experience

Friday, November 5, 2021

Explore the complexity of treatment with transplant and cellular therapy for both donors and patients with an ethical lens. Through the principles of medical ethics and case examples, learn about important components to consider and how to navigate ethical dilemmas that arise. Speakers include our Yoram Unguru.


Travis Rieder: In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids

Ethics and Medicine Grand Rounds, University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Travis Rieder shared his experience with opioid withdrawal and offered an ethical argument for reforms in the healthcare system to support patients who must use opioids.


Children’s Nutrition and Health: Ethical Issues and Imperatives

The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative: Lessons Learned, Future Opportunities Summit, Rutgers University

October 29, 2021

Talk by Anne Barnhill.


Barriers to Visibility

“Visibility by Design”, Angels for Change – Summit One

October 29, 2021

Panel led by Yoram Unguru.


PERILOUS MEDICINE: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War

October 26, 2021

A conversation with Leonard Rubenstein, JD, LLM, Director of Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and author of a new book, Perilous Medicine.  He was interviewed by Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at CBH.


The Ethics (and Legitimacy) of Vaccine Requirements

Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lecture, Ethics at Susquehanna University

October 25, 2021

Talk by Anne Barnhill.


Perilous Medicine

October 25, 2021

Professor Len Rubenstein discussed how the competing norm — that harm to hospitals and health workers is (purportedly) morally acceptable if needed to win a just war more quickly than otherwise would be the case — plays out today in the logics of violence against health care.


Profound Conversations

Transforming Trust Factors

October 21, 2021

With panelist Joseph Carrese. Trust is a two-way street. Each healthcare servant has the family trust and cooperation at stake. Lack of trust creates inconsistency in the delivery of care and influences patient family choices.


What is Driving Violence Against Health Care in War? A Webinar

Oct 14, 2021

Panelists Leonard Rubenstein (author of the recently released Perilous Medicine: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War), Robert Lawrence and Joanne Liu had a conversation about attacks on health workers, patients, and hospitals in conflict settings around the world, along with urgent actions that need to be taken to help ensure safe access to and delivery of health care.


Book Event: Leonard Rubenstein’s “Perilous Medicine: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War”

CSIS Global Health Policy Center

September 15, 2021

Featuring Leonard Rubenstein, Professor and Director of the Program on Human Rights and Health in Conflict at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and author of the newly released, Perilous Medicine: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War.  Moderated by J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, the discussion will examine the dangers health workers face during armed conflict and the legal, political, and moral struggle to protect them.