The O’Neill Institute-Pellegrino Center Program

The O’Neill Institute-Pellegrino Center Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy brings together institutional capabilities and the expertise of internationally renowned scholars in global health law and policy, neurosciences, clinical medicine and neuroethics.

The O’Neill Institute-Pellegrino Center Program

Scholars in Clinical Bioethics Programs

Visiting Scholars and Student Scholars

The Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics welcomes applications for Visiting Scholars for post-graduate applicants and Student Scholars for undergraduate applicants.

Visiting and Student Scholars Programs in Clinical Bioethics

Pellegrino Scholars

The Pellegrino Student Scholars

The Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics seeks the next generation of student scholars to explore the Center’s distinct approach to clinical ethics.

Applications are solicited for the Fall term of each academic year.

Pellegrino Student Scholars Program

Academic Programs

Master of Arts and Certificate Program in Catholic Clinical Ethics

Healthcare in the United States faces numerous challenges in identifying, delineating and achieving goals regarding the promotion of health and the treatment of disease for all Americans. These challenges range from conceptual, technological, to financial and raise ethical issues. Addressing these bioethical issues well in the institutions that are directly involved with providing healthcare will require education and training deeply rooted in an ethical framework. The Catholic Clinical Ethics program, developed in partnership with The Catholic University of America, prepares leadership at Catholic healthcare institutions with the ethical reasoning skills and knowledge of medical moral terrain necessary to address complex social and bioethical issues in healthcare, clinical treatment, genetics, biotechnology, and policy. To find out more about the Master of Arts and Certificate program requirements, please visit:

Master of Arts and Certificate Program in Catholic Clinical Ethics

Neuroethics Studies Program

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.

Neuroethics Studies Program

Health Care Ethics Education

The PCCB’s Associate Director for Academic Programs, David G. Miller, PhD, directs the Health Care Ethics and Intensive Bioethics for Clinicians 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. Dr. Miller also coordinates ethics education in the third- and fourth-years with Drs. Sheehan and Sotomayor.

Doctoral Studies in the Department of Philosophy

More information coming soon.