Sober Wins Inaugural “Philosophy In Biology and Medicine” Award
Elliott Sober, professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, is the winner of the first Philosophy in Biology and Medicine (PhilInBioMed) Award. (more…)
Philosophers On Access to Medicine
Three philosophers discuss some of the moral and political questions involved in providing access to medicine and medical care in this edition of Philosophers On. (more…)
New Journal: Philosophy of Medicine
A new open-access journal, Philosophy of Medicine, has been launched and is now accepting submissions.
Philosophers, Epidemiologists & Others Call for Human Challenge Trials for COVID-19 Vaccine
125 experts in various fields have signed a letter to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, calling for the U.S. government “to undertake immediate preparations for human challenge trials” for a vaccine for COVID-19. (more…)
The Role of Philosophy & Philosophers In The Coronavirus Pandemic (guest post)
In a previous post, I asked for suggestions from readers for topics related to the pandemic to post about and discuss here. One suggestion, from Jonathan Fuller (Pittsburgh), was the role of philosophy and philosophers during the pandemic. In the following guest post*, Alex Broadbent, Dean of Faculty of the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of Instit..
A Story about Death, Medicine, Race, and Philosophers
A 13-year old African-American girl goes to the hospital for a tonsillectomy. What ends up happening is heartbreaking, infuriating, surprising—and, in part, a result of the work of philosophers and bioethicists. (more…)
Bioethics Groups Win $3.6m NIH Grant on Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS
Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Johns Hopkins University’s Berman Institute of Bioethics, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Center for Bioethics, and the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Bioethics and Humanities have won a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project on ethi..
Philosopher Launches Global Health Impact Initiative
The Global Health Impact is an initiative created by Nicole Hassoun, associate professor of philosophy at SUNY Binghamton, that evaluates and compares the health impact of medicine. The site assigns “impact scores” to various drugs based on how much good they do (explained here) and presents the information sorted by disease, drug, country, and pharmaceutical compan..
Philosophers to Help Mine Big Data for Biomedical Research
Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Philosophy is teaming up with the University of Pittsburgh to form a new “Center for Causal Modeling and Discovery in the Biomedical Sciences.” The center is funded by an $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Its aim is to “help scientists capitalize more fully on enormous and growing collections of data..