The Penn Center for Bioethics / Department of Medical Ethics is a leader in bioethics research and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice of the life sciences and medicine. The Center has over 20 senior fellows and eleven associates with appointments in a number of University of Pennsylvania schools and departments including medicine, law, nursing, business, education, philosophy, psychology, sociology, religious studies, public policy, and public health. Five full-time faculty hold primary appointments in the Department of Medical Ethics.
Activities of the Center / Department focus on empirical, interdisciplinary research. Ongoing projects are devoted to key issues such as genetic testing and engineering, informed consent, human subject research, end-of-life care, reproductive technologies, patenting, resource allocation, vaccine ethics, and transplantation. Faculty members have spoken at community meetings, testified before Congress and the United Nations, and provided commentary to journalists. The Center sponsors public lectures, symposia, and workshops on timely ethical issues.
The Center / Department's education mission includes a Master of Bioethics program; an undergraduate bioethics concentration; teaching in the medical school; teaching and advising in other schools within the University of Pennsylvania; continuing and executive education courses, conferences, and seminar; clinical consultation; and a high school bioethics program.