The Biomedical Ethics Research Unit at Mayo Clinic assesses and addresses difficult questions about right and wrong in medicine and biomedical science. Its members 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 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.
Established in 2005, the Biomedical Ethics Research Unit has developed an infrastructure to address ethical, social and policy issues in:
The unit welcomes collaborations with investigators, both inside and outside of Mayo Clinic, who would like to study the ethical implications of their research.
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