Here you will find an introduction to bioethics--to understanding and doing the right thing for real people in life and the life sciences--and a description of our vision and mission.

While you are here, please look at our Caring Conversations Program and Workbook, and consider sharing it with your family or close friends (to reach it, click on Caring Conversations in the blue menu bar). The workbook contains the Healthcare Directive and Durable Power of Attorney forms, and Frequently Asked Questions about these forms. Advance planning may be the most important thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones.

We invite your interest and participation in helping us provide a lively and safe forum for raising and responding to ethical issues in health and healthcare. Over the years our commitment to being an ethics resource to our community and nation has evolved.

Our primary programs focus on and build community capacity in four domains:

  • end-of-life care,
  • health and healthcare disparities,
  • human subjects research, and
  • serving as a resource center for the integration of clinical and institutional ethics.