• Ethics Grand Rounds: Communicating About Breast Cancer Over-Diagnosis: Influence of Norms, Evidence & Stories by Sarah Gollust, PhD will be held on Friday February 7th from 12:15 - 1:30pm on the East Bank Campus, room location to be determined. Free, open

    Our first Ethics Grand Rounds of the spring semester is happening on Friday, February 7th. Learn more here.

  • #UMNGive to the Max was a huge success! Thank you to all who raised $4,120 for the John Song Vision for Health Justice Fund. Dr. Song: "The circumstances and context of living life destitute and at the lonely fringes of society create fears of dying, de..

    Thank you to our #HealthEquityChampions for raising $4,120 on #UMNGive to the Max Day. Dr. John Song's work was a shining example of Bioethics at its best: scholarly but also genuinely making a difference in the lives of people who really need it. Thanks to everyone's support, we can continue to promote his vision for health Justice. 

  • Just added! Bioethics course on Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering  and Regenerative Medicine. Taught by Leigh Turner, PhD on Tuesdays from 12pm -2:30pm. Course Number: BTHX 5000-001/8000-001

    Just added: Prof. Leigh Turner's multidisciplinary course on social, ethical, and legal issues of stem cells and other biotechnologies. This is a great course for juniors, seniors, & graduate students interested in bioethics, health policy, health communications, & health law. Learn more.

Interim Director

Headshot of Deb DeBruin, PhDThe Center for Bioethics is excited to announce that Debra DeBruin, PhD has been named Interim Director. Dr. DeBruin has been with the Center since 2000. She has served in various administrative leadership roles for the Center since 2003, including a previous appointment as Director. She also holds the Maas Family Chair in Bioethics. Dr. DeBruin’s interests include bioethics and social justice, ethical issues related to women’s health, and public health ethics and policy. Congratulations, Dr. DeBruin!


Dr. Frazier Benya

Check out what our alumni are up to and how they have been using their bioethics degree post-graduation.  Learn more about alum Dr. Frazier Benya.


Meet Tankut Atuk: CBE fellow studying dynamics of Turkish HIV epidemic

In 2019, the Center for Bioethics welcomed Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow Tankut Atuk, a third-year Ph.D. student in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. 

Through his fellowship with Bioethics, Tankut seeks to understand and redress the ways in which the Turkish State violates access to health(care) and fails in responding to its national HIV epidemic.