The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is entering an exciting new phase of growth and is greatly expanding our research enterprise though the hiring of new faculty, adding research support staff, developing an empirical research-focused post-doctoral training program, and expanding our educational offerings in the areas of research methods, research ethics and academic scholarship.  

Research issues and topics that are of interest and relevance include, but are not limited to, ethical issues associated with: shared decision making, informed consent, methods for engaging patients and other stakeholders, use of narrative methods for teaching and practice, stewardship of health care resources, physician professionalism, public health ethics, big data, assessment of value, measurement of the ethical climate in organizations, transplant ethics, genetics, and end of life care.  Topics of special interest in the state of Colorado and at the University recently include those around medical aid in dying, legalization of recreational marijuana and nuances of inter-professional team-based training.


The Greenwall Foundation selected CBH Research Director Eric Campbell, PhD, for one of six "Making A Difference," grants for, A Novel Methodology to Explore Bioethics Issues in Physician Aid-in-Dying (PAD).  PAD is a highly contentious issue in bioethics and health policy today. Data on physicians’ experiences and assessment of key bioethical issues in PAD derive from small, qualitative studies rather than from quantitative studies due to high costs of large physician surveys and concerns about anonymity. We aim to develop and test a novel efficient, low cost, anonymous methodology to facilitate bioethics-related physician surveys. This study will result in generalizable findings that bring bioethics into policy and decision-making processes about PAD.  Click for grant details >>​


As pressure to "reopen America," continues, the pandemic shows signs of worsening.  Sports programs at all levels are grappling with difficult decisions about return to sports policies. The Greenwall Foundation awarded their 2020 Presidential Grant to Dr. Christine Baugh, PhD, MPH, to explore the ethical issues surrounding college football, including health consequences for players, staff and fans.  Click for grant details>>


The Greenwall Foundation has awarded a grant to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to examine the ethical challenges of mass administration of antibiotics—an intervention that could save the lives of children in low- and middle-income countries, but that could potentially pose risks to the broader community and the children themselves later in life by making those same antibiotics less effective for treating bacterial infections. Led by Anthony So, MD, MPA, professor of International Health at the Bloomberg School, and Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, the project aims to develop a bioethics framework, informed by key stakeholder interviews and expert consultations that will serve to shape the decision-making of funders, researchers, and communities around the mass drug administration of antibiotics.  Click for grant details>>

The Center has productive inter-professional relationships in place that focus on teaching, scholarship, and cutting-edge research; we hope to foster and extend those partnerships to create a world class empirical research enterprise in bioethics and the health humanities.

We also provide a free Research Ethics Consult Service​ sponsored by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI). 

If you have any questions about the ongoing or future research initiatives at the Center for Bioethics and Humanites, please email our Director of Research, Eric G. Campbell, PhD​​.