Robert Turrell Professor and Chair, Department of Medical History and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lederer photoDr. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, and Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is spending the spring semester at UNC-Chapel Hill as the 2016
UNC-Duke Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Dr. Lederer is the author of numerous important articles and books examining the history of medicine and medical research; medicine and society in twentieth-century America; race, medicine, and public health; medicine and popular culture; research ethics; and the
history of medical ethics. She is currently at work on a biography of Dr. Henry Beecher. Her lecture revisits his classic 1966 article on

research ethics in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Thursday 3 March 4:00-5:00 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University

Reception to follow

Policing clinics isn’t the right move; instead, the FDA needs to consider the concerns of key stakeholders.

Editorial by:

Ana Iltis, PhD, Wake Forest University & Kirstin Matthews, PhD, Rice University


See the Houston Chronicle, December 15, 2015:  View Editorial

Nancy King, JD, Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society and Graduate Program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University, has been appointed by US Dept of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) for a 4-year term beginning 21st October 2015.

The SACHRP provides expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on issues and topics pertaining to the protection of human research subjects. The Committee was created in 2001.

To date SACHRP has focused its attention on areas such as research involving children, prisoners, and individuals with impaired decision-making capacity; informed consent and the use of biospecimens; harmonization of human subjects regulations and guidance; the reduction of regulatory burden; the HIPAA Privacy Rule; community-engaged research, and accreditation.

In upcoming meetings, SACHRP will discuss recommendations to HHS about the recently released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on changes to the federal regulations for human subjects research.

The Wake Forest Law School’s Health Law and Policy Center has issued a report on “enrollment deficits” under the Affordable Care Act,  in North Carolina’s rural counties.  Prepared with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, this report focuses on the unenrolled population that is potentially eligible for subsidies through the “marketplace” exchange — in order to better target outreach and enrollment efforts.

Enrollments Deficits under the Affordable Care Act – October 2015 –

Edwin Shoaf, Research Associate and Mark A. Hall, Professor of Law & Public Health, Wake Forest University School of Law.

Article Published By:

Mark A. Hall, JD, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society faculty member and Jacob Perrin, MA, University of North Carolina, alumnus of the Graduate Program in Bioethics jointly published an article ” Irregular Migrant Access to Care:  Mapping Public Policy Rationales”Oxford Journals, Arts & Humanities & Medicine Health, Public Health Ethics, Vol. 8, Issue 2, Pp 130-138.


Both the USA and Europe limit access to care by undocumented immigrants (‘irregular migrants’ or IMs). In the debate over what level of access to confer to IMs, there are various public policy rationales operating either explicitly, or below the surface, ranging from minimalist humanitarianism to full cosmopolitan equality, with several intermediate positions between these two poles. This article informs the international debate by providing a conceptual mapping of these underlying policy rationales. Each position is based on different lines of reasoning or bodies of evidence, and each leads to somewhat different conclusions about the extent to which IMs should have access to different types of health care.

It is unlikely that broad consensus will be achieved in this ongoing debate. However, by articulating the ethical, legal, pragmatic and conceptual reasons to support or oppose various positions, we hope to help determine where in the landscape of reasoned argument various positions lie, and how each position might be best supported or refuted. In particular, we see in this debate an illustration of Michael Walzer’s classic analysis of competing spheres of justice. Various positions depend to a considerable extent on whether their advocates approach this issue from the health policy sphere rather than the sphere of immigration policy, or whether they attempt to blend the two spheres.

For the full article:  Irregular Migrant Access to Care: Mapping Public Policy Rationales

Mark Hall, JD Professor, School of Law and Faculty member of the Graduate Program in Bioethics at Wake Forest University commented on an article by Elisabeth Rosenthal in the SundayReview of the New York Times, dateline 2 May 2015.

To read the full article click here.

Edwin Shoaf, Health Law and Policy Research Associate and Mark A. Hall, Professor of Law & Public Health, both of Wake Forest University’s School of Law will be releasing this report.

To read the Medicaid Reform Brief click here.


Comprehensive Cancer Center, 10th Floor Conference Room, 10C

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Effective risk communication is essential in clinical care, biomedical research and public health.  Yet there are numerous barriers to communicating risks in ways that patients and research subjects can readily understand and use in making health care choices.  This presentation will explore the importance of effective risk communication, identify common challenges that professionals confront in communicating risks and propose strategies to improve risk communication.


On Friday, 17th April, the Wake Forest University’s Board of Trustees approved Ana Iltis’ promotion to Professor as a member of the Department of Philosophy.