Spheres of Influence

Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics explain the importance of proactively examining the ethical challenges that arise in biomedical research, clinical practice and public health — using the tools of the social sciences to produce empirical findings.

Renowned bioethicist Ruth Faden, director of the Berman Institute, describes a new era in the field of bioethics, which is now addressing profound questions related to genomics, effectiveness of care, doctor-patient trust and the rise in clinical trials being conducted on vulnerable populations in developing nations.