Academic Programs


The scientific and medical communities are being revolutionized through continually advancing technology and techniques, posing new questions and ethical challenges in bioethics. Kevin T. FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD heads the genetics program at PCCB, which focuses on the ethical and social ramifications of biomedical research and medical genomics. Fr. FitzGerald's research seeks to address these new challenges, with current efforts that address: genomics in personalized medicine, privacy in research involving "Big Data", ethical ramifications of genetic engineering, ethical conduct in global clinical trials, among other relevant issues in genetic and biomedical research. 

Neuroethics Studies

The Neuroethics Studies Program focuses upon the issues, questions, problems and solutions arising at the intersection of brain science, medicine and society. Ongoing projects address the validity and value of applications of newly developed neurosceintific techniques and technologies in research, medicine, public life, and global health: key ethical issues in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and pain care; use and misuse of brain science to define personhood, life and death; and the neurobiological process involved in moral and ethical thought, emotions, and actions. Ongoing scholarship, lectures, tutorials and international collaborations make the Program a forum and nexus for resident and visiting scholars. Inquiries about the program and applications for visiting scholars in neuroethics should be directed to James Giordano, PhD, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program.

Profession of Medicine Course

PCCB's Associate Director for Academic Programs, David G. Miller, PhD, directs the bioethics courses for first- and second-year medical students. Students are asked to critically examine how medical professionalism, ethics and law set standards for physician role and behavior. The curricula are designed to cultivate a refined capacity for moral reflection and discourse in students of the medical profession.