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Nir Eyal Named First Bergen Chair in Biomedical Ethics

The Rutgers Board of Governors appointed Nir Eyal, a bioethicist whose renowned work in population-level bioethics focuses on health inequalities, health promotion, and research ethics, as the first holder of the Dr. and Mrs. Stanley S. Bergen Jr. Chair..

April 19 2024

Eyal and Lerner published a joint paper in “Journal of Medical Ethics”

CPLB post-doctoral associate Adam Lerner and CPLB Director Nir Eyal recently published “Future pandemics and the urge to ‘do something’” in the Journal of Medical Ethics...

January 29 2024

Dr. Daniel Hausman, 2023-2024 Baruch A. Brody Lecture award recipient

Dr. Hausman attended the award presentation and lecture on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024...

February 26 2024

Dr. Emma J. Curran joins CPLB as a Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Curran received her PhD in Philosophy from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Earlier, gained her BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics.

October 30 2023

Open and Inclusive: Fair Processes for Financing Universal Health Coverage (Seminar)

This seminar, presented by Rutgers Center for Population-Level Bioethics (CPLB) features Alex Voorhoeve, Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics (LSE); Elina M. Dale, Senior Adviser at

October 1 2023

Dr. Daniel Hausman receives the 2023-2024 Baruch A. Brody Lecture award

The Baruch A. Brody Lecture award is an international award and named lectureship in Baruch Brody’s memory. This award honors someone in the field who embodies the values and virtues that were central to Dr. Brody’s scholarly life and work...

October 1 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Budolfson

Mark Budolfson has accepted a tenure position at the University of Texas at Austin, as an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Geography and the Environment and Dept. of Philosophy.

August 24 2023

CPLB welcomes visiting Research Fellow Joar R. Fystro

Joar Røkke Fystro is a doctoral research fellow at the Department of Health Management and Health Economics, University of Oslo, Norway...

September 1 2023

Eyal, Steuwer, and Williams publish joint papers in “Bioethics”

CPLB Director Nir Eyal and former CPLB postdoc Bastian Steuwer recently published “Ethical and Legal Race-responsive Vaccine Allocation” in Bioethics, where Eyal and another former CPLB postdoc, Bridget Williams recently published a separate paper ...

August 10 2023

CPLB hosts a retreat on ethics in the fight against engineered pandemics

In June, the Center for Population-Level Bioethics held its first annual retreat. This year’s session was devoted to the ethics of deferring, detecting, and responding to engineered-virus pandemics...

August 9 2023

Mark Budolfson and colleagues write in Science on recent methodological tools to facilitate taking nonhuman animal welfare seriously in policy

A key obstacle to heeding the impact of our policies on nonhuman animals is the absence of a common scale for assessing the welfare of human and nonhuman animals alike.

July 7 2023

CPLB Fully Joins IFH

In an agreement signed in July 2023 by Dr. Brian L. Strom, Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)...

July 7 2023

Dr. Frances M. Kamm has a new article, "Handling Future Pandemics: Harming, Not Aiding, and Liberty," in the book Future Pandemics: From Covid-19 to Disease X (Oxford University Press, 2023).

This chapter considers how moral duties not to harm and those to aid differ, the idea of morally innocent threats, and the role of self-defense in making one safe when not all are safe.

May 16 2023

Frances Kamm’s new article on the ethics of banning abortions

CPLB Advisory Board member Frances Kamm has a new article forthcoming in The Journal of Practical Ethics entitled “Abortion Bans and Cruelty”...

February 28 2023

Dan Hausman’s new book, How Health Care Can Be Cost-Effective and Fair - Oxford University Press

Dan Hausman’s new book, How Health Care Can Be Cost-Effective and Fair has just been published by Oxford University Press. Central to the book is whether cost-effective allocation of healthcare violates ethical constraints...

January 25 2023

Frances Kamm releases a new book, Rights and Their Limits

CPLB Advisory Board member Frances Kamm, released a new book Rights and Their Limits: In Theory, Cases, and Pandemics, published in October 2022 by Oxford University Press

October 1 2022

Michael Otsuka joins CPLB

Dr. Michael Otsuka, joins CPLB in Fall 2022

September 1 2022

CPLB Dilemma #7: ethical reasons against COVID vaccine mandates

The seventh edition of CPLB Dilemmas is now online. This edition asks: are there ethical (as opposed to pragmatic) reasons not to mandate COVID vaccination?

October 15 2021

Mark Budolfson on redistributing emissions to maximize well-being

Redistributing Emissions to maximize well-being

September 22 2021

CPLB Dilemma #6: the ethics of "booster" COVID vaccine shots

The sixth edition of CPLB Dilemmas is now online. This edition asks: should rich countries give “booster” COVID vaccines to their own citizens, given that they can send these doses to countries where the majority is still unvaccinated?

September 10 2021

CPLB’s Nir Eyal and Dan Hausman in HHS OHRP workshop on bystander protection in research

CPLB Director Nir Eyal will moderate a virtual workshop on “Review of Third-Party Research Risks: Is There a Role for IRBs?”,

September 10 2021

Mark Budolfson awarded $1.5m NSF grant on climate change and equity

Mark Budolfson awarded $1.5m NSF grant on climate change and equity

September 10 2021

Nir Eyal publishes 3 papers with Chancellor Brian Strom, Tobias Gerhard and Kyungdo Lee

CPLB Director Nir Eyal publishes 3 separate papers on human challenge trials with RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom, Dr. Tobias Gerhard, and Dr. Kyungdo Lee

June 10 2021

Nir Eyal and Anders Herlitz on input and output in distributive theory

Nir Eyal and Anders Herlitz new publication within Nous

July 16 2021

CPLB in conversation with Israel’s corona response leadership and Israeli and WHO experts on ethical vaccination of the 12-15 age group

A CPLB seminar with senior members of the Advisory Committee for Epidemic Control at Israel’s Ministry of Health discussed the ethics and epidemiology of vaccinating young teenagers.

June 7 2021

Frances Kamm's new essay in The Philosophers' Magazine

Frances Kamm's essay entitled Harms, Wrongs, and Meaning in a Pandemic

June 29 2021

Mark Budolfson's new book on Philosophy and Climate Change

CPLB Assistant Professor Mark Budolfson has a new co-edited book out, by Oxford University Press. Entitled Philosophy and Climate Change. 

June 29 2021

Michael Otsuka joins CPLB September, 2022

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).

June 12 2021

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

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 of 100 young adults?

June 8 2021

VIDEO: The Ethical Imperative: Global Vaccine Equity

Video: The Ethical Imperative: Global Vaccine Equity. 

May 12 2021

Rosamund Rhodes gives talk on ethics and the microbiome

Dr. Rosamund Rhodes, Professor of Medical Education and Director of Bioethics Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will give a talk entitled Privacy, Property, and Other Ethical Issues Involving the Human Microbiome

May 10 2021

Bridget Williams joins CPLB as Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Bridget Williams will join CPLB as Postdoctoral Associate this Fall. Bridget received her medical degree from Monash University in Australia, and is completing specialty training in public health medicine.

May 7 2021

CPLB EVENT, May 12 2021: The Ethical Imperative: Global Vaccine Equity

On May 12, 2021, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm EST, CPLB will host The Ethical Imperative: Global Vaccine Equity, an event to discuss an open letter calling for the World Health Organization to put global vaccine equity initiatives to a vote this May.

April 30 2021

Mark Budolfson leads 29-author statement on the Repugnant Conclusion

CPLB’s Mark Budolfson and 28 co-authors have published a joint statement in the journal Utilitas, agreeing that avoiding the so-called “repugnant conclusion” should not be a central goal of research in population ethics

April 16 2021

CPLB Dilemma #4: the ethics of vaccine allocation by employers

The fourth edition of CPLB Dilemmas is now online. This edition discusses the ethics of vaccine allocation by employers, when employers are given vaccines to allocate.

April 15 2021

CPLB Dilemma #3: the ethics of immunity passports

The third edition of CPLB Dilemmas is now online. This edition discusses the ethics of immunity passports, documentation of immunity against COVID-19 that governments or businesses may require as a condition of access to spaces or services.

April 2 2021

Nir Eyal co-edits symposium on rationing by ordeal

CPLB Director Nir Eyal has coedited a symposium on the ethics of economic ordeals in the journal Economics & Philosophy, alongside Anders Herlitz of Sweden’s Institute for Future Studies

March 26 2021

Bastian Steuwer and Nir Eyal on “low-dosage” challenge trials

In a paper published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, CPLB members Nir Eyal and Bastian Steuwer, together with coauthor Zeb Jamrozik, propose a new challenge trial design for the continued testing of COVID-19 vaccines

March 4 2021

Nir Eyal and Marc Lipsitch on methods for further testing of COVID vaccines

In a paper in Clinical Infectious Diseases, CPLB director Nir Eyal and Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch demonstrate that it is possible and ethical to use both standard and innovative trial designs to continue testing existing and new COVID vaccines

March 3 2021

Frances Kamm’s new book on aging, dying, and death

CPLB Advisory Board member Frances Kamm has a new book out, by Oxford University Press

July 1 2020

CPLB Dilemma #2: the ethics of further COVID vaccine tests

The second edition of CPLB Dilemmas is now online. This edition discusses the ethics of continuing to test both existing and new COVID vaccines, now that some vaccines are being distributed in many countries.

February 22 2021

Frances Kamm on rights and duties during a pandemic 

CPLB Advisory Board member Frances Kamm gave the keynote address at the Philosophical Bioethics Workshop at New York University

November 7 2020

Survey of 6 countries shows support for vaccine challenge trials

CPLB members Nir Eyal, Mark Budolfson and Monica Magalhaes, and CPLB associate Alex Guerrero, coauthored a study published in Vaccine finding broad support for accelerated designs for COVID-19 vaccine.

December 14 2020

CPLB Dilemmas: conversations on difficult population-level bioethics questions

The CPLB website has a new section devoted to interdisciplinary conversations on pressing normative questions of health policy and population health.

January 25 2021

CPLB members teach ethics of rationing during the COVID-19 pandemic

CPLB member Dan Hausman and CPLB Board of Advisors member Frances Kamm will be teaching a philosophy seminar on the theory and practice of rationing and its relation to COVID-19

January 15 2021

CPLB members on the ethics of COVID-19 vaccine testing

CPLB members Nir Eyal and Bastian Steuwer published an op-ed in Canada’s CBC, as the country debates whether to join the UK and fund challenge trials for future vaccine testing.

December 11 2020

CPLB director edits journal issue on research risks to bystanders

CPLB Director Nir Eyal has guest edited a special issue of the journal Bioethics on risks to bystanders in clinical research.

November 23 2020

Two papers by Nir Eyal on risks to research participants

CPLB director Nir Eyal has published two papers questioning the thought of some bioethicists

November 3 2020

VIDEO: The Global Burden of Disease and COVID-19: Epidemiological and Ethical Questions

VIDEO: The Global Burden of Disease and COVID-19: Epidemiological and Ethical Questions

November 3 2020

Bastian Steuwer joins CPLB as Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Bastian Steuwer has joined the Center for Population-Level Bioethics as Postdoctoral Associate ...

November 1 2020

RWJ Medical School and CPLB host Stahl Memorial Lecture by Dr. Tia Powell

On Tuesday November 10, at 4pm, Tia Powell, MD, will give the Annual Mates David and Hinna Stahl Memorial Lecture in Bioethics

October 22 2020

CPLB EVENT on 30th of October, 2020: The Global Burden of Disease and Covid-19: Epidemiological and Ethical Questions, with Dr. Christopher Murray

On October 30, 2020, at 11 am EST, CPLB will host The Global Burden of Disease and Covid-19

October 9 2020

Dan Brock: population-level bioethics loses a founding father

Dan Brock: population-level bioethics loses a founding father

September 26 2020

Monica Magalhaes and Nir Eyal on the risks and ethics of vaping

Program Manager Monica Magalhaes and CPLB Director Nir Eyal have new papers in Nicotine & Tobacco Research

September 11 2020

“Measuring the Global Burden of Disease: Philosophical Dimensions” (OUP) is published

Oxford University Press has released Measuring the Global Burden of Disease: Philosophical Dimensions.

June 2 2020

Nir Eyal consults India’s health leadership on Coronavirus vaccine testing and distribution

In the public consultation “Novel ideas in Science and Ethics of Vaccines against COVID-19 pandemic"

July 30 2020

A congressional briefing on human challenge trials for the Coronavirus vaccine interviews Nir Eyal

In a public briefing by challenge volunteer organization 1Day Sooner, Sophie Rose

July 28 2020

Nir Eyal and Marc Lipsitch on the ethics of comparing Coronavirus vaccines

In an opinion article in PNAS, CPLB Director Nir Eyal and co-author Marc Lipsitch (Harvard)

July 22 2020

Open letter supports human challenge trials for vaccines against COVID-19

CPLB Director Nir Eyal helped to pen an open letter signed by 15 Nobel Prize winners

July 16 2020

Robert Like retires from RWJ Medical School

Robert C. Like, M.D., M.S. has retired from his position as Professor and Director

July 1 2020

Nir Eyal and Perry Halkitis on human challenge trials for COVID-19

In the journal AIDS & Behavior, CPLB Director Nir Eyal and Rutgers School of Public Health Dean Perry Halkitis 

June 26 2020

Press coverage of Nir Eyal’s work on human challenge trials for COVID-19

A recent Journal of Infections Diseases paper published by CPLB Director Nir Eyal (with Marc Lipsitch and Peter Smith) defending the ethical acceptability of human challenge trials for novel Coronavirus vaccines

May 31 2020

Nir Eyal’s research on human challenge trials cited in Congressional letter to HHS and FDA

A paper led by CPLB director Nir Eyal on human challenge trials for a COVID-19 vaccine

April 20 2020

Nir Eyal publishes a paper on human challenge trials to speed a COVID-19 vaccine

CPLB director Nir Eyal, along with Marc Lipsitch and Peter Smith, have published a paper entitled “Human challenge studies to accelerate coronavirus vaccine licensure”, in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

March 31 2020

Nir Eyal and Manne Sjöstrand on the ethics of unrealistic goals in public health

In a paper published at the American Journal of Public Health Eyal and co-author Manne Sjöstrand trace a recent history of unrealistic goals in public health, namely, goals that seem unachievable when set, such as eradicating a disease or eliminating.

March 11 2020

Mark Budolfson joins CPLB

Mark Budolfson  will join Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health.

March 25 2020

CPLB visitor Verina Wild speaks at Rutgers School of Social Work

CPLB visitor Verina Wild  presented her study (co-authored with Katharina Eisenhut, Claudia García-Moreno, and Ela Sauerborn) entitled A global review and critical evaluation of mobile apps targeting violence against women and girls, at the Rutgers School

March 10 2020

CPLB visitor Anders Herlitz present at the Value Theory Reading Group

CPLB visitor Anders Herlitz, with coauthor Greg Bognar, presented a paper entitled Testing the Decomposition Test to the Philosophy Department’s Value Theory Reading Group.

March 10 2020

Anders Herlitz visits CPLB

Anders Herlitz a Researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies and Associate professor in Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University, is visiting CPLB to conduct research on incommensurability in population-level bioethics

March 2 2020

CPLB postdoc Robert Steel joins University of Nebraska, Omaha

In the Fall of 2020, Steel will take up an assistant professorship at the Philosophy Department of the University of Nebraska, Omaha (UNO).

February 28 2020

Bastian Steuwer joins CPLB as Postdoctoral Associate

Bastian Steuwer will join the Center for Population-Level Bioethics as a Postdoctoral Associate. Steuwer is finishing his PhD in Philosophy at the London School of Economics.

February 27 2020

Jan-Christoph Heilinger visits CPLB

Jan-Christoph Heilinger  is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in philosophy at the University of Munich, Germany

February 26 2020

Verina Wild visits CPLB

Verina (Nina) Wild  is Deputy Director at the Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU), Germany.

February 26 2020

Mark Shrime speaks at CPLB

Mark Shrime , Founding Director of the Center for Global Surgery Evaluation at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear, as well as Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, presented Hidden Figures: addressing the non-medical costs of care in

January 23 2020

Dan Hausman joins CPLB

Daniel M. Hausman will join the Center for Population-Level Bioethics as a Research Professor of Bioethics, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Philosophy.

January 6 2020

Till Bärnighausen speaks at the Rutgers School of Public Health

Till Bärnighausen is Alexander von Humboldt University Professor and Director of the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

December 9 2019

Mark Budolfson speaks at CPLB

Mark Budolfson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont, presented Quantifying environmental justice and wellbeing in climate, health, and other areas of policy analysis at CPLB.

November 14 2019

CPLB Director Nir Eyal gives brown bag seminar on Population-Level Bioethics at IFH

Nir Eyal, Center Director for the Center of Population-Level Bioethics, presented a seminar at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research entitled Population-Level Bioethics.

September 26 2019

Robert Steel joins CPLB as Postdoctoral Associate

Robert Steel has joined the Center for Population-Level Bioethics as its first Postdoctoral Associate. Steel received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016.

September 1 2019

Nir Eyal joins Rutgers and founds CPLB

Nir Eyal, bioethicist and political philosopher, has joined Rutgers University as Henry Rutgers Professor of Bioethics after 13 years on the faculty of the Harvard T H Chan School

July 1 2019