The Center for Bioethics brings together the rich intellectual resources across Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, along with colleagues and institutions worldwide, to help ensure that scientific progress, medical therapeutics, and health care practices are developed hand-in-hand with reflection upon the profound moral questions raised by advances in the life sciences and biotechnology.
Our mission is executed through education, research, and service, with programs that prepare the next generation of practitioners and leaders in bioethics, conduct normative and empirical research to address bioethical questions in clinical care, research, and public policy, and engage the public in understanding and addressing ethical aspects of health care and biotechnology.
Create Your Bioethics Passport at Our Next Event on Campus
Earn a stamp every time you attend an HMS Center for Bioethics event in person with our new Bioethics Passport program. Stamps increase your chance of winning raffle prizes at the end of the semester. The box of Bioethics Passports will be available at every in-person event.
Join a Global Audience Answering Bioethical Questions
The HMS Center for Bioethics sponsors free public lectures throughout the academic year. Our annual lectures include the George W. Gay Lecture on medical ethics and the Lawrence Lader Lectureship on family planning and reproductive rights.
The HMS Center for Bioethics works to ensure that values and ethics are always part of medical training, laboratory and clinical research, and professional education. Your contribution supports this mission globally, nationally, and locally. Make a one-time or recurring gift today.