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Hippocrates was considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the “father of medicine” in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of medicine. Hippocrates of Cos (Greece) was said to have lived sometime between 450 BCE to 380 BCE. A physician and a teacher of medicine, his writings of the Corpus Hippocraticum provide a wealth of information on biomedical methodology and offer one of the first reflective codes of professional ethics.


Bioethics is a branch of applied ethics that studies the philosophical, social, and legal issues arising in medicine and the life sciences. It is chiefly concerned with human life and well-being, though it sometimes also treats ethical questions relating to the nonhuman biological environment. This guide provides resources and information about bioethics and related topics.

Bioethics at Barnes Jewish Hospital




            Sponsored by BJH Ethics Committee


            For information go to: or

            Contact Director Kim Carmichael, MD




Lunch and Learn Brown Bag Forums:


The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Rounds


Annual Arthur M. Lucas Medical Ethics Lecture Series


For upcoming events e-mail to or call the Ethics Committee Support: 314-747-5361



Bioethics at Washington University


The Research Ethics and Compliance Office (RECO) provides administrative support to (a) the Disclosure Review Committees of the School of Medicine and Danforth Campus regarding research related financial conflicts of interest and implementing the Annual Financial Disclosure Statement; (b) the Committee on Research Integrity (CRI) to address allegations of research misconduct in accordance with the Research Integrity Policy; and (c) the Embryonic Stem Cell Oversight (ESCRO) Committee to ensure research involving human embryonic stem cells or human embryos is conducted in accordance with the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Guidelines, University policies, and federal and state regulations.  In addition, RECO develops and provides information, tools, and services to support the Washington University research community in upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and assuring the integrity of the research process.


Research Ethics and Compliance Office

Center for Clinical Research Ethics

The Center for Clinical Research Ethics (CCRE) exists to provide education in the areas of clinical research ethics and responsible conduct of research, to conduct research on ethics and integrity in research, and to provide consultations to investigators on ethical issues in clinical and translational research or the design of studies on ethical issues.  The CCRE also provides administrative support for the Interdisciplinary Bioethics Network (IBN) at Washington University.  Please click on the navigation links to the left to learn more about CCRE and IBN activities. (

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