Penn Center for Bioethics
The Penn Center for Bioethics / Department of Medical Ethics was a leader in bioethics research and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice of the life sciences and medicine. The Center had 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 held primary appointments in the Department of Medical Ethics.
Activities of the Center / Department focused on empirical, interdisciplinary research. Projects were 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 spoke at community meetings, testified before Congress and the United Nations, and provided commentary to journalists. The Center sponsored public lectures, symposia, and workshops on timely ethical issues.
The Center / Department's education mission included 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.