The IU Center for Bioethics conducts leading bioethics research from local to international levels. The center’s research has four categories:
Decision Making, Genetic Testing, and Personalized Medicine
One of the key ethical goals of modern health care is medical decision-making that reflects individuals’ values and desires. The old world of “doctor knows best” has been supplanted by a world of patient autonomy. But helping patients make good decisions, often regarding cutting-edge technologies, including personalized medicine and genetic testing, raises complex issues that faculty at the IU Center for Bioethics address in their funded work in ethics as well as in empirical research.
Health Information, Big Data, and Privacy
The Center for Bioethics at IU School of Medicine studies issues that arise from the growing capacity to collect health information from a variety of sources. Two emerging issues are the focus of current projects: how to encourage data sharing among researchers and how to manage big data, the larger data sets that extend beyond the scope of current regulation and policy.