Biomedical discovery is at the heart of human progress. Throughout history, scientists and physicians have pushed back the barriers of what we believed to be medically possible. From the first blood transfusions to the first heart transplants, through the first test tube baby to the first stem cell lines, these advances have sought to alleviate human suffering and to further medical knowledge. However, wherever advances are made, serious ethical questions are raised about the morality, safety and consequences of biomedical discovery.
The Berman Institute is at the forefront of the academic and public policy debates surrounding these questions, framing the debate and leading the discussion towards ethical answers which further enhance biomedical discovery. Our research activities in this field are focused upon two major projects: