I am excited to share with you, the newly redesigned website for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. The focused objectives of the new website include the improved aesthetics, enhanced understanding of the Berman Institute’s mission and bioethics in general, and increased the visibility of their programs.
As a member of the Advisory Board for the Berman Institute, I am happy to share some insights regarding our organization. Our vision is to achieve more ethical practices and policies relevant to human health and our Mission is to identify and address key ethical issues in science, clinical care, and public health, locally and globally.
As shared on the newly redesigned website:
“Through an ever-expanding array of program and projects, the Berman Institute has a direct, positive impact on the health and well-being of millions of people in developed and developing countries around the world. Areas of impact include:
Established in 1995, the Berman Institute is now one of the largest centers of its kind, Our namesake, Phoebe Rhea Berman, believed there was no better place than Johns Hopkins to address the ethical dilemmas raised by advances in medical discovery. “With all the complexities of modern life — new discoveries in science, changes in medicine and medical care — medical professionals and policy makers are faced with very difficult decisions. There is a need for the teaching of ethics in our society.”
Bioethical questions often involve overlapping concerns from diverse fields of study including life sciences, biotechnology, public health, medicine, public policy, law, philosophy and theology. They arise in clinical, research, and political arenas, usually in response to advances in biology, health care, and technology, particularly biotechnology.
Although bioethics began as a multi-disciplinary field of study, it is now a full-fledged discipline in its own right. As technology advances ever more quickly, and questions involving its implementation become more complex, bioethics will continue to grow and become increasingly important.”
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore our new website and learn more about the important work being done at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics!