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NIH bioethics expert Grady set for next Discovery Lecture

Oct. 10, 2019, 9:35 AM


by Leigh MacMillan

Nurse-bioethicist Christine Grady, MSN, PhD, chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Christine Grady, MSN, PhD

Grady’s lecture, “Bioethics Research: Challenges, Opportunities and Impact,” will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. It is the Patricia Townsend Meador Lecture sponsored by the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.

Grady has focused on the ethics of clinical research, including informed consent, vulnerability, study design, recruitment and international research ethics. She also studies the ethical issues faced by nurses and other health care providers.

From 2010-2017, Grady served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and she has participated in numerous intergovernmental task forces. She has received awards including the NIH CEO Award in 2017 and the NIH Director’s Award in 2015 and 2017.

Grady earned a BS in nursing and biology from Georgetown University, an MSN in community health nursing from Boston College and a PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University. She is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center and of the American Academy of Nursing, a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

For a complete schedule of Flexner Discovery Lectures and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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