Bioethics operates at the intersection of life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law and philosophy.
The Morgridge Institute for Research created a Bioethics Program with the goals of promoting a culture of responsible science and developing an integrated on-site resource for researchers to help them explore emerging ethical issues related to their work. Pilar Ossorio, professor of law and bioethics at UW–Madison, was selected as the inaugural Bioethics Scholar-in-Residence.
Ethics@Discovery aims to:
Provide a resource for scientists at Discovery and across UW–Madison to help them address ethical issues
Conduct groundbreaking bioethics research, and provide bioethics research expertise for large, interdisciplinary projects and research centers at UW–Madison
Promote a cross-campus interdisciplinary research community
Promote a culture of responsible science at Discovery and UW–Madison
Engage the public, policy makers, educators, students and journalists in understanding the real world implications of the research conducted at the institutes and the campus
Researchers may contact the Bioethics Program at any time to discuss ethical issues or schedule a time to meet. To request a consultation, contact Pilar Ossorio (608.316.4650, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Norman Fost (608.263.8562, email@example.com).
Faculty, Fellows and Staff
Pilar N. Ossorio, Ph.D., JD.
Pilar Ossorio currently is a professor of law and bioethics at UW–Madison and co-director of the Law and Neuroscience Program. She received her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Stanford University, did a postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology at Yale University and received her law degree from the University of California-Berkeley. Formerly, she was a director at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association and worked as staff for the federal government’s program on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Human Genomics. She has served on numerous federal and international science policy advisory committees. Her research interests include governance of large-scale biosciences research, protections for people who participate in research, data sharing, ethics of “big data” science and uses of race in research and medicine.
Melissa Hatch, M.A.
Melissa Hatch completed her undergraduate degree in philosophy at DePaul, and a master’s degree in bioethics at New York University. She currently is a Ph.D. student at UW–Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment (SAGE). Formerly, she was an advisor to the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations, where she worked on matters of climate change and environmental policy. Her research at SAGE is on the ethics and policy of climate change.