About the Program

The Biomedical Ethics Research Program at Mayo Clinic assesses and addresses difficult questions about right and wrong in medicine and biomedical science.

Members of the Biomedical Ethics Research Program conduct rigorous research, teach and engage in policy discussions about ethical questions.

As scientific discoveries are made and health care evolves, the values at stake in biomedical science and health care are contested and debated.

The solutions to these debates are rarely straightforward, and they involve complex trade-offs for scientists, clinicians and health care organizations. How such questions are answered strikes at the heart of what it means to conduct biomedical science and deliver health care with human decency and fairness.

The Biomedical Ethics Research Program provides institutional and national leadership on ethical issues raised by translational research and integration of new medical technologies into patient care.

The Biomedical Ethics Research Program was established in 2013. It welcomes collaborations with investigators both inside and outside of Mayo Clinic who want to study the ethical implications of their research.

Director

The director of the Biomedical Ethics Research Program is Richard Sharp, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical ethics and of medicine in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and a senior associate consultant in health sciences research at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Affiliations

The Biomedical Ethics Research Program is based at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

The program is affiliated with several other Mayo Clinic research areas, also led by Dr. Sharp, that are focused on making fair, ethical and humane choices in biomedical research and clinical practice: