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Center for Population-Level Bioethics

The Center for Population-Level Bioethics (CPLB) is a new center dedicated to the study of macro-level bioethical dilemmas: those that arise outside the clinical encounter, at the level of the population, the state, the country, or the globe. Questions of interest range from the theoretical to the applied, for example how to conceptualize, measure and evaluate health inequalities or disease severity; how to prioritize resources between disease areas, rural and urban patients, and age cohorts or generations; the acceptability of paternalistic health promotion measures; and many others.

Our approach emphasizes collaboration and interdisciplinarity, and seeks to inform and be informed by other fields of inquiry such as general ethics and philosophy, health policy, and health economics. We welcome innovative questions and methods and ambitious thinking, and value clear presentation of ideas.

The work of CPLB engages a broad range of bioethical issues, especially in population-level bioethics. We work on the measurement and fair distribution of health care and of benefits and risks from health policy and other public policies; ethical questions about health promotion; normative aspects of climate change and existential risk; and ethical issues in research on human participants, especially as it interacts with population health; among other things.

Founder and director: Nir Eyal