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Bioethics Research

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. 

Research Ethics

The Center for Bioethics has extensive expertise to assess key challenges arising from research involving human subjects, including informed consent and the ethical review of research protocols. Additionally, center faculty are experts in newer issues involving global health and international studies, translational science, and the use of biobanks and pharmacogenomics

Public Health and Policy

The promise of a healthier public has never seemed more achievable given the scientific and policy tools society possesses. Yet, society still faces staggering public health challenges. Ironically, the greater the technological leaps we make, the more profound the ethical challenges we face. How should we balance the rights of individuals with promotion of the public good? How should we protect underserved and marginalized populations? Center for Bioethics faculty work with the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health, the Indiana Department of Health, and international collaborators to address these questions.