Global Bioethics is a “cross-cutting” programmatic area of the Berman Institute, with significant global work across 20-25 countries spanning programmatic areas of clinical ethics, public health ethics, and science ethics. The Institute coordinates a number of international research and training efforts, organizes international work groups, and collaborates on dozens of globally focused scholarly projects.
Berman faculty have led the Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program for 15 years providing bioethics training to professionals from Africa and also have provided training in numerous low and middle income countries including through collaborations with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Berman faculty have developed ethics/cross-cultural training for medical students planning short rotations in other countries. The Berman Institute also runs the one-month global bioethics training institute providing an intensive immersion in coursework and public policy issues related to global bioethics. Coursework is provided in global public health ethics, global research ethics, global food ethics, and human rights and bioethics.
Berman faculty have published scholarship with colleagues from at least 20 other countries on topics ranging from global stem cell ethics to informed consent in low resource settings to ethics and global health systems strengthening to ethics and prevention of HIV and TB globally. A major current Berman initiative is developing an ethical framework to feed the world.
Berman faculty have been involved in multiple initiatives of the World Health Organization, creating ethics guidance on topics of global health importance and have organized or been participants in multiple international policy development activities on topics including global food, pandemic influenza, sexual violence, human rights, HIV prevention, and patient safety. Berman faculty are regularly called upon to participate on the global stage to help develop ethics guidance and policy recommendations.