The Division of Ethics, founded in 2018, is a multidisciplinary unit that focuses on conceptual, empirical, and policy-related bioethics research that addresses emerging challenges in biomedical research and healthcare. Topic areas include gene sequencing and genetic testing, machine learning and medical decision-making, big data and the learning health system, and access to and equity of care. The division is committed to supporting training in bioethics research and provides mentoring and educational programming for students and faculty interested in research and clinical ethics.
Our goals are to:
- Integrate humanistic perspectives and ethical reasoning to alleviate human suffering and promote justice and equity in scientific practice and clinical care.
- Conduct innovative, high impact empirical bioethics research of emerging technologies and their translation into clinical care.
- Cultivate multi-disciplinary collaboration and foster an engaged intellectual community focused on ethics in research, teaching, and clinical practice.
- Contribute to local, national and international policies by drawing on evidence-based approaches and normative analysis.
- Provide leadership and training in bioethics for students, faculty and staff in Columbia University Irving Medical Center and professional schools, graduate and undergraduate education at Columbia University