Ethics in the Twenty-first Century

January 19, 2011
Kayser Auditorium
Hankamer School of Business

About Baruch A. Brody, Ph.D.

Baruch BrodyBaruch A. Brody is the Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities at Rice University. He has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor at BCM, the college's highest faculty honor, and also has been awarded the Michael E. DeBakey Award for outstanding research.

Dr. Brody, the author and editor of 25 volumes and 150 articles and chapters, is working on a book on intellectual property and biotechnology. His major scholarly works include Taking Issue(Georgetown: 2003), The Ethics of Biomedical Research: An International Perspective (Oxford: 1998), Ethical Issues in Drug Testing, Approval and Pricing (Oxford: 1994), Life and Death Decision Making (Oxford: 1988), Identity and Essence(Princeton: 1981), and Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life (MIT: 1975).

Dr. Brody has served on the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group, on the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, on the Protocol Review Committee for the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, on the Bioethics Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and on the NASA Bioethics Advisory Board. He was the principal investigator for the "Ethical Issues in Emergency Research" study (funded by the NIH) and he was the head of the coordinating committee for the "Altering Nature" study (funded by the Ford Foundation). He is a co-investigator of the "Ethical and Methodological Standards for Trials of Invasive Therapeutic Procedures" (funded by the NIH). He has helped 11 healthcare institutions organize ethics committees and served for more than 15 years as the head of the ethics program at the Methodist Hospital. Dr. Brody has served on the national board of the American Philosophical Association, is a past president of the Society for Health and Human Values, is a fellow of the Hastings Center, and was elected in 2001 to the Institute of Medicine.