Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter – October 2021

October 2021


The Berman Institute will be well represented at the 23rd annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), with a group of faculty, fellows, and students scheduled to present online.

View the full schedule and summaries of all Berman Institute presentations.

Jeremy Greene was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


The Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization: Lessons Learned from the Past to Guide the Future: A Workshop
National Academies Workshop
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
The workshop will examine the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s historic and recent use of the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. It will also provide an overview of the current regulatory framework for EUAs and discuss whether any possible revisions would help to ensure that EUAs are based upon the best and most reliable scientific evidence or enhance public confidence and trust in the EUA process and products. Ruth Faden is a speaker.

The Paradoxical Fragility of the Norms of Protection of Health Care in War
Bioethics Seminar Series
Monday, October 11, 2021, Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
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. Yet the persistence and severity of violence of health care in war not only shows widespread noncompliance but suggests that competing, sometimes unarticulated, norms are employed to rationalize the violence. Link for more information and to join via Zoom. Open to all.

Nursing at the Crossroads: How Can Acute Care Recover from the Pandemic?
AJN in collaboration with JONA
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 3:00 – 4:30pm EDT
The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on an already compromised infrastructure and stressed the acute care workforce. Nurses have reported exhaustion, mental health concerns, and a perceived lack of support by employers, and many nurses are leaving the acute care setting. Join a panel of nurses and researchers, including Cynda Rushton, to discuss the realities and challenges of what’s needed to restore a workplace that supports, respects, and fosters the contributions of acute care nurses.

Holding the Whole Catastrophe: Being a Nurse During COVID
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7 – 8 pm EDT
Join Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN and frontline nurse Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, NC-BC for an honest conversation about what nurses have been facing on the frontlines of the Covid pandemic and how we can begin to honor their experience and begin the process of healing. Through a combination of interactive discussion, storytelling and guided practice, Cynda and Rheanna will hold you with deep care and compassion, and provide space for the entire range of experiences and emotions you have experienced over the last 18 months. Open to all.

Rage Renegades
Bioethics Seminar Series
Monday, October 25, 2021, Noon – 1 pm EDT
“Rage Renegades” refer to allies with rage at racial injustice. They are rage renegades because although their privilege and place in a white-supremacist society is meant to guarantee that they will be complicit or engage in racism as a way to maintain racial domination, they instead show outrage at such a society. In doing so, they rebel against a racist system that was designed to benefit them exclusively. But rage renegading can also go wrong when it reinforces the same white supremacy that the rage aims to challenge. In this seminar, Myisha Cherry, MDiv, PhD, will describe four ways in which this misdirection can happen as well as provide some suggestions for how to steer clear of it. Link for more information and to join via Zoom. Open to all.


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Evaluating the Balance Between Privacy and Access in Digital Information Sharing

Critical Care Medicine

Authors: Sarah Beesley, Alex Powell, Danielle Groat, et al., including Jeremy Sugarman


Buprenorphine prescriber monthly patient caseloads: An examination of 6-year trajectories

Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Authors: Irineo Cabreros, Beth Ann Griffin, Brendan Saloner, et al.


COVID-19 pandemic lessons for agri-food systems innovation”,

Environmental Research Letters

Authors: Christopher B. Barrett, Jessica C Fanzo, Mario Herrero, et al.


Polysubstance Use Among Patients Treated With Buprenorphine From a National Urine Drug Test Database

JAMA Network Open

Authors: Brendan Saloner, Penn Whitley, Leah LaRue, et al.


Effect of a Randomized Interventional School-Based Vision Program on Academic Performance of Students in Grades 3 to 7

JAMA Ophthalmology

Authors: Amanda J. Neitzel, Betsy Wolf, et al., including Megan E. Collins


Quantitative assessment of agricultural sustainability reveals divergent priorities among nations

One Earth

Authors: Xin Zhang, Guolin Yao, Srishti Vishwakarma, Jessica Fanzo, et al.


Reply to: HIPAA and the Leak of “Deidentified” EHR Data

The New England Journal of Medicine

Authors: Marielle S. Gross, Amelia J. Hood, Joshua C. Rubin


Global health has a stake in the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit

The Lancet

Authors: Kate R Schneider, Jessica C Fanzo, Lawrence Haddad, Jose Rosero Moncayo


Working While Ill During COVID-19: Ethics, Guilt, and Moral Community

AACN Advanced Critical Care

Authors: Katie E. Nelson, Cynda Hylton Rushton


Ethical issues in establishing the efficacy and safety of long-acting injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: the HPTN 083 trial

The Lancet

Authors: Jeremy Sugarman, Deborah J Donnell, Brett Hanscom, Marybeth McCauley, Beatriz Grinsztejn


Microsatellite Markers in Biobanking: A New Multiplexed Assay

Biopreservation and Biobanking

Authors: Gretchen Smith, Debra Mathews, Samuel Sander-Effron, Deborah Requesens, Nahid Turan, and Laura Scheinfeldt


Potential donor characteristics and decisions made by organ procurement organization staff: results of a discrete choice experiment

Transplant Infectious Disease

Authors: Zachary Predmore, Brianna Doby, Christine M. Durand, Dorry Segev, Jeremy Sugarman, Aaron A.R. Tobian, Albert W. Wu

Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Authors: Sa’Rah R. McNeely, Yoram Unguru, Elizabeth Yang


Telemedicine utilization by pediatric ophthalmologists during the COVID-19 pandemic

Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Authors: Hursuong Vongsachang, Oded Lagstein, Michael V.Boland, et al, including Megan E.Collins


Identification and Management of Pragmatic Clinical Trial Collateral Findings: A Current Understanding and Directions for Future Research


Authors: Morain SR, Mathews DJH, Geller G, Bollinger G, Weinfurt K, Jarvik JG, May E, Sugarman J.


Let’s Tok About Sex

J Adolescent Health

Authors: Fowler LR, Schoen L, Morain SR


COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Through the Lived Experiences of Health Care Personnel: Policy and Legal Considerations

Health Equity

Authors: Rachel Gur-Arie, Zackary Berger, Dorit Rubinstein Reiss


Regulating forensic genetic genealogy


Authors: Natalie Ram, Erin E. Murphy and Sonia M. Suter

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More Race Data Needed on Covid Vaccination and Testing, Researchers Say
MedPage Daily
October 18, 2021
With comments from Kadija Ferryman

Who Will Be There to Care If There Are No More Nurses?
The Hastings Center
September 23, 2021
With comments from Cynda H. Rushton.

Advisory committee recommends wide swath of Americans be offered Covid-19 vaccine boosters
September 23, 2021
With comments from Ruth Faden.

Commoditization of Blood-Stained Underwear: A Critique of Menstruation Tracking Apps
University of Toronto Press
September 20, 2021
Amelia J. Hood and Marielle S. Gross write.

Book Club: Perilous Medicine—The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War
Public Health On Call
September 17, 2021
Interview with Len Rubenstein.

Are Boosters a Bioethical Bust?
Johns Hopkins HUB
September 15, 2021
With comments from Ruth Faden.

Opinion: The Global Vaccine Drive Is Failing. Can It Be Saved?
New York Times
September 14, 2021
With comments from Ruth Faden.

When will international air travel soar again after COVID-19?
September 12, 2021
With comments from Joseph Ali.

What needs to happen the day after the UN Food Systems Summit? – A three-part conversation
September 10, 2021
A conversation with Jessica Fanzo.

‘Why should we care about you?’: Nurses confront preventable crises among the unvaccinated
September 10, 2021
With comments from Cynda Rushton.

COVID-19 Is Forcing Us to Talk About Rationing Health Care in the U.S. Again. Could We Have Avoided This?
September 10, 2021
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

Eyeglasses for School Kids Boost Academic Performance, Study Finds
Johns Hopkins University HUB
September 9, 2021
With comments from senior author Megan Collins.

Language in Patient Records Can Convey More Than Medical History
Renal & Urology News
September 7, 2021
With comments from senior author Mary Catherine Beach.

Bioethicists Respond: “Now That The Pfizer Vaccine Has Full FDA Approval, What Does This Mean For The Covid-19 Pandemic?”
September 7, 2021
With comments from Vivian V. Altiery De Jesus.

Opinion: Vaccine passports pose an equity problem
The Globe and Mail
September 2, 2021
Zackary Berger writes.

Global Health Justice: Duties of International Cooperation for Infectious Disease Control
GLIDE: Global Infectious Disease Ethics Collaborative
September 2021
New project including Rachel Gur-Arie.

Pandemic of Inequality: Scoping the development of an ethical framework and policy guideline for addressing inequalities in pandemic preparedness and response
September 2021
New project including Zackary Berger.

COVID-19 Vaccination for Teachers: Global Implications for Reopening Schools Equitably
September 2021
Rachel Gur-Arie and Megan Collins write.


On September 21, Yoram Unguru gave a talk titled “An Ethical Framework for Prioritizing, Rationing, and Allocating Scarce Medical Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic” as part of Current Issues in Public Health: COVID-19 Pandemic Response, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

On September 30, Athmeya Jayaram gave a presentation titled “Why the State Should Ban Prenatal Screening for Disabilities” at the American Political Science Association Conference.

On September 27, Stephanie Morain gave a presentation titled “Getting into their Heads: Promoting Ethical Research When the Investigator is Also the Treating Physician” as part of Neurology Grand Rounds, hosted by Baylor College of Medicine.


On October 29, Yorum Unguru will serve as a panelist for an event titled “Let’s Start the Conversation” as part of Summit One – Ending Life Saving Drug Shortages, hosted by Angels for Change.