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