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Bioethicist Awarded for Lifetime Achievement

Ruth Faden

Ruth Faden

October 18, 2011 – The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) recently awarded Georgetown researcher and bioethicist Ruth Faden its Lifetime Achievement Award for her work researching the social justice questions surrounding health policy and global health.

Faden, a research scholar in Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, focuses on national and global challenges in pandemic influenza planning and response, vaccine policy and funding, health systems design and access to the benefits of global investments in biomedical research. Faden is also the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics

“I’m overwhelmed and did not even consider myself a nominee for such an honor at this point in my career,” Faden said in a statement after receiving her award Oct. 15 during the ASBH annual meeting in Minneapolis. “What is especially gratifying is to be in the company of so many wonderful colleagues and mentors.”

Faden isn’t the only Kennedy scholar to receive the lifetime honor. Robert Veatch, professor of medical ethics and philosophy, received the honor in 2008. Faden's husband, philosophy professor Tom Beauchamp, received the award in 2004. And Edmund Pellegrino, professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics, received the honor in 1998.

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