Research & Outreach

Our vision is to achieve more ethical practices and policies relevant to human health.

Our Mission is to identify and address key ethical issues in science, clinical care, and public health, locally and globally.

Through an ever-expanding array of programs and projects, the Berman Institute has a direct, positive impact on the health and well-being of millions of people in developed and developing countries around the world

The Dracopoulos-Bloomberg Bioethics iDeas Lab
A creative studio and incubator for world class stories at the intersection of science, ethics, medicine and public health
Neuroscience & Society
Connecting neuroscientists with stakeholders and the general public
PREVENT (Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics, and New Technologies)
Equitably including the interests of pregnant women and their offspring in vaccine research and development
JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics
Stimulating innovative interdisciplinary work that takes on ethical issues arising in professions and scholarly disciplines, within institutions and society

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In addition to their original research, scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and public awareness outreach, our faculty perform significant service – at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital, and in the broader community.


We collaborate with institutions and networks in the U.S. and internationally to advance bioethics knowledge, capacity and infrastructure.

Areas of Impact

The Berman Institute is Johns Hopkins University’s home for collaborative scholarship on the ethics of clinical practice, public health and biomedical sciences. While our work by definition crosses disciplines, much of its impact falls into a few broad areas.
Overcoming Barriers of Language and Literacy in Neonatal Intensive Care
Developing new technology to help Spanish-speaking parents communicate with their children's physicians
Apply Now: Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Health Ethics
Fellowship for a current national of a country in sub-Saharan Africa begins in January 2015
Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethics, Global Health and Infectious Disease
Applications due by May 10 for joint two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford
Catastrophe Ethics: How to Choose Well in a World of Tough Choices
Berman Institute faculty member Travis Rieder’s new book grapples with how to live a moral life in today’s world
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