SGU Faculty Member Joins Leading Bioethicists at Hastings Center

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Dr. Cheryl Cox-Macpherson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics, St. George’s University, recently spent two weeks as a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center in Garrison, New York. The Hastings Center’s Visiting Scholar Program hosts scholars from around the world to conduct independent research on issues in or related to bioethics.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to work with such a prestigious institution as a visiting scholar,” said Dr. Cox-Macpherson. “The Hastings Center has the largest library of bioethics materials anywhere and it is staffed by bioethicists who helped establish bioethics as an influential discipline in medicine, public health, and healthcare.”

During her stay, Dr. Cox-Macpherson conducted research on the responsiveness of bioethics to environmental health problems like climate change and the field’s historic commitment to such issues at the Center’s extensive library. She also met with bioethicists with expertise in this area and presented a seminar on her research.

“I was thrilled to have the chance to interact with and have my work critiqued by experts in the field,” said Dr. Cox-Macpherson. “It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet bioethicists with such diverse backgrounds of interest and experience.”

The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969 with a mission of addressing fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and the environment. The Center’s goals include pursuing interdisciplinary research and education and engaging a broad audience of thoughtful people in its work.

St. George’s University’s is committed to upholding and teaching the values of ethics, professionalism and humanism, roles in which its bioethics department plays a key part. Dr. Cheryl Cox-Macpherson has chaired this department for the past 10 years.