Bridget Pratt


Bridget Pratt was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a recipient of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Sidney Sax Public Health Overseas Fellowship. Bridget’s research interests include the ethics of international research and health development programs, with a focus on the promotion of global justice in health and issues of governance. She is also interested in the translation of ethical guidance into practice. Her work, therefore, spans both theoretical and empirical bioethics research. Bridget’s postdoctoral research focuses on the ethics of health systems research in developing countries. As part of this research, she aims to identify the obligations of justice of external research actors from high-income countries to health systems research participants and their communities in developing countries, with particular emphasis on the selection of research priorities, research capacity strengthening, and post-study benefits.  She further aims to generate practical information on how these obligations might be achieved in developing country settings to assist researchers and funders.

Bridget received her PhD in bioethics in 2012 and her Masters in International Health in 2009 from Monash University in Australia. Her dissertation focused on applying capability theory to identify the ethical requirements necessary to link international clinical research to improved health and research capacity in host communities in developing countries.  She also received her B.Sc. in Biology from Haverford College in 2005, after which she worked as a research assistant in an HIV vaccine laboratory at the University of Melbourne.

Selected Publications:

  1. Pratt, B. & Loff, B. (2013). “Linking research to global health equity: The contribution of product development partnerships to access to medicines and research capacity-building.” American Journal of Public Health, doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301341
  2. Pratt, B., Zion, D., Lwin, K.M., Cheah, P.Y., Nosten, F., & Loff. B. (2013). “Ancillary care: Theory and practice in international clinical research.” Public Health Ethics, doi: 10.1093/phe/pht015.
  3. Pratt, B. & Loff, B. (2012). “A framework to link international clinical research to the promotion of justice in global health.” Bioethics, doi: 10.1111/bioe.12009
  4. Pratt, B., Zion, D., & Loff, B. (2012). “Evaluating the capacity of theories of justice to serve as a justice framework for international clinical research.” American Journal of Bioethics 12(11):30-41.
  5. Pratt, B., Zion, D., Lwin, K.M., Cheah, P.Y., Nosten, F., & Loff. B. (2012). “Closing the translation gap for justice requirements in international research.” Journal of Medical Ethics. doi:10.1136/medethics-2011-100301
  6. Pratt, B. & Loff, B. (2012). “Health research systems: Promoting health equity or economic competitiveness?” Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 90(1): 55-62.