Dr. Ruth Faden, founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Bioethics at the Institute, has been named the 2019 recipient of The Beecher Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hastings Center’s most prestigious honor. The award recognizes individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to ethics and the life sciences and whose careers have been devoted to excellence in scholarship, research, and ethical inquiry. Dr. Faden is a professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s department of health policy and management.
In its citation, the Hastings Center notes that “Dr. Faden’s work has profoundly influenced innumerable aspects of our field and, perhaps more importantly, helped to shape public policy on some of the nation’s most pressing issues — from HIV testing of pregnant women to food and agriculture policy, and many aspects of science policy, including stem cell and embryo research. She has also powerfully critiqued the prevailing research ethics paradigm in the U.S., encouraging major shifts in how we think about the oversight of comparative effectiveness research.”
Hastings Center president Dr. Mildred Solomon presented the award to Dr. Faden at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Society in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 24.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 01