Considering the breadth and diversity of bioethics, the Center has a wide-ranging mandate rather than a focused and particularized research agenda in order to respond nimbly to the most pressing issues. Nonetheless, the Center needs to focus crisply to avoid dilution of efforts.
The Center’s primary activities fall into three broad thematic categories that reflect the strengths and interests of Wake Forest University and of Center faculty. These themes serve as organizing principles for different activity types and reflect the issues and activities that have the highest interest and support within the WFU and regional communities.
The organizing themes include:
- The Biotechnology theme addresses the implications of new technologies in research and treatment, including translational science. These implications are explored through partnerships with scientific and clinical researchers and practitioners within and outside the University. This theme builds on WFU’s strengths in nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, biophysics, translational science, and genetics.
- The Social Justice theme facilitates examination of issues in public health and policy, including health disparities, health reform, and globalization. It builds on WFU’s strengths in health care law, health economics, public policy, and socio-economic disparities, as reflected in WFU’s Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and its minor in Health Policy and Administration.
- The Public Engagement theme stresses the importance of, and develops innovative methods for, bridging various components of public opinion and dialogue nationally and regionally — from religious to secular, from informed to uninformed, from theory to application, and from professional to lay. This theme builds on WFU’s strength in health communication.