News and Upcoming Events

Hiring: Assistant Professor

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The Center for Bioethics and Social Justice invites applications for a faculty position in bioethics, oriented toward social justice. This will be a full-time, fixed-term (non-tenure track), annual year appointment. Duties will include teaching, curriculum development, research and outreach activities.

Review of applications will begin August 2, 2021. Visit posting 714814 at for full details.

FDA Approval of New Alzheimer’s Drug May Harm More Than It Helps

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Jennifer Carter-Johnson, PhD, JD

Join the discussion! Dr. Carter-Johnson will respond to comments posted through July 5, 2021.

Jennifer Carter-Johnson, PhD, JD, is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at the Michigan State University College of Law.

Opinion: FDA made a mistake in approving a questionable Alzheimer’s drug, but Medicare could act to reduce false hopes and unethical profits

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MarketWatch has published an opinion piece from Center Professor Leonard Fleck, PhD, who argues that the U.S. government should reimburse Biogen only for actual production costs while further clinical trials determine whether aducanumab really helps patients.

Dr. Fleck's commentary relates to his recent essay in The Hastings Center Report on Alzheimer's and Aducanumab: Unjust Profits and False Hopes.

Listen: Social Justice-Oriented Bioethics

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Social Justice-Oriented Bioethics: Kelly-Blake and Valles - Episode 25

Our May episode of No Easy Answers in Bioethics features Director Sean A. Valles, PhD, and Assistant Director Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD. Their conversation relates to the Center's new name: Center for Bioethics and Social Justice. They discuss moving forward in the bioethics space, what engaging in service to the people means to them, and the important work to be done to a create a healthier and more socially just world.