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Bioethicists Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

Tom Beauchamp

Tom Beauchamp

December 5, 2011 – Georgetown ethicists Tom Beauchamp and Ruth Faden received honors Dec. 3 for their career-long work in the areas of research, public health and clinical bioethics.

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) awarded each of the senior research scholars in Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics – with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research Ethics during the organization’s Advancing Ethical Research Conference this past Saturday.

”We are honored and thrilled to welcome these two outstanding scholars, teachers, writers and policy experts to the ranks of our distinguished circle of [lifetime award] recipients,” said Joan Rachlin, PRIM&R executive director. “The entire research community has been enriched by their extraordinary contributions to research ethics.”

Ruth Faden

Ruth Faden

Aside from their roles as research scholars, both hold faculty positions – Beauchamp as professor of philosophy at Georgetown and Faden as a biomedical ethics professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of the institution’s Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Faden and Beauchamp have numerous individual achievements, but the married couple has also collaborated on a number of projects, including their co-authored work A History and Theory of Informed Consent (Oxford University Press, 1986). The book is still widely regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive canon on informed consent despite the intervening 25 years since its publication, according to PRIM&R.

“Ruth and Tom are respected leaders, visionary thinkers, and role models to us all,” Rachlin said. “Those in the bioethics field have already benefited, and will continue to benefit, from their individual and collective wisdom and experience.”

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