Running Toward Disasters: One Bioethicist's Experience in Translational Ethics

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Translational ethics is a practice that aims to apply bioethics insights and process to the real-world contexts of clinical medicine, but also government poli-cy, systems issues, and public health. This work has been a career focus for a relatively small number of bioethicists over the years, but it has drawn greater attention due to the pandemic and a greater realization of the impact of health inequities and systemic injustice. This essay discusses the pathway, rewards, and challenges of translational bioethics as experienced by one bioethicist working with state and national groups on a range of translational ethics issues, often related to public health disasters. There is much remaining work to be done, and the goal of the essay is to encourage rising bioethicists to engage in translational bioethics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-628
Number of pages7
JournalPerspectives in Biology and Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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