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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. Our work seeks to inform and be informed by 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.

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Michael Otsuka joins CPLB September, 2022

12 June. 2021

Dr. Michael Otsuka is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics. From September 2022 onwards, he will be a Professor in the Rutgers Philosophy Department and a member of the Center for Population–Level Bioethics (CPLB)...

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Mark Budolfson leads 29-author statement on the Repugnant Conclusion

16 April. 2021

CPLB’s Mark Budolfson and 28 co-authors have published a joint statement in the journal Utilitas, agreeing that the so-called “repugnant conclusion” ...

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CPLB Dilemma #5: avoiding deaths of newborns vs. deaths of young adults

08 June. 2021

The fifth edition of CPLB Dilemmas is now online. This edition asks: in deciding between funding different health programs with limited resources, what number of deaths of newborns is as intrinsically important to avoid as the deaths ...

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VIDEO: The Ethical Imperative: Global Vaccine Equity

12 May 2021

On May 12, 2021 the Center for Population-Level Bioethics and co-sponsors 1Day Sooner and the Institute for Health hosted experts for a discussion of vaccine availability around the world, and to launch an open letter to the World Health Organization asking it to put several vaccine measures up to a vote in its upcoming World Health Assembly. The letter was led by veterans of the response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

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