Bioethics research and scholarship draws on the work of many disciplines, including philosophy, law and social and behavioral sciences. It uses conceptual and empirical approaches to evaluate the reasons and arguments used in making moral judgments. Bioethics can inform regulations and policies at institutional, state and national levels.

Our faculty and staff at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics are advancing projects in the following four domains:

Emerging Technologies and the Ethics of Clinical Research

  • Genetic sequencing results: Exploring what parents want to know about their family’s genetics
  • Research on medical practices: Understanding public attitudes about research in usual medical care
  • Extracorporeal life support: Guiding providers in the face of uncertainty

Communication and Relationships with Families

  • Limitations of resuscitation orders: Using dialogue to promote quality of life and death
  • Multidisciplinary fetal care: Exploring what the experience is like for families
  • Vaccine hesitancy: Using shared decision-making in provider–parent discussions
  • Anesthesia and communication: Improving the informed consent process

Marginalized Children, Families and Advocacy

  • Children living as wards of the state: Advocating for them in the healthcare and research setting
  • Resilience among adolescents and young adults with cancer: Looking at the effect on patient and family distress and health behaviors
  • Predicting disabilities: Understanding the impact of neuroimaging in critically ill newborns

Bioethics Education and Consultation

  • Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Collaborative: Creating a national forum for professional engagement
  • Case-based learning in ethics: Developing an engaging approach
  • Clinical ethics consultants as advocates: Bridging social work and clinical ethics