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Ruth Macklin, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruth Macklin

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Dr. Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Faculty Scholar in Biomedical Ethics


Professional Interests

Interests: Research involving human subjects, multinational research, global health, ethics in reproductive health, ethical aspects of research and treatment of HIV/AIDS, human rights.

Dr. Macklin is an adviser to the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and a member of the Board of Directors of  the International Association of Bioethics.

She is co-director of an NIH Fogarty International Center training program in research ethics. For a description of the program, click here:


Selected Publications

Current publications 2012-2013 (all single authored unless noted)

Ethics in Global Health: Research, Policy and Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Ethics in HIV Prevention Research: Clarifying the Complexities. The American Journal of Bioethics 12(6): 31–34, 2012.

Ruth Macklin and Ethan Cowan. Given Financial Constraints, It Would Be Unethical To Divert Antiretroviral Drugs From Treatment To Prevention. Health Affairs, 31:7 (2012): 1-7.

Ethan Cowan and Ruth Macklin. Unconsented HIV Testing in Cases of Occupational Exposure: Ethics, Law & Policy. Academic Emergency Medicine, Vol 19 (2012): 1181-1187.

Revising the Declaration of Helsinki: A work in progress. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics Vol IX No 4 October-December 2012: 224-226.

A Global Ethics Approach to Vulnerability. IJFAB (International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics), Vol. 5, No. 2 (2012): 64-81.

Good in Theory. Can it work in Practice? American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), (2012) 12:12: 55-56.

Aesthetic Enhancement? Or Human Rights Violation? Hastings Center Report 42:6 (2012), 28-29.

Ruth Macklin, Lois Shepherd, and Alice Dreger et al. The OHRP and SUPPORT: Another View. NEJM June 26, 2013. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1308015.

Respect for Cultural Diversity and Pluralism. In: Henk A.M.J. ten Have and Bert Gordijn (eds). Compendium of Global Bioethics (Springer, in press).

Research, Multinational. In: Bruce Jennings, Editor-in-Chief. Encyclopedia of Bioethics (forthcoming 2014).

Studying Vulnerable Populations in the Context of Enhanced Vulnerability. In: Disaster Bioethics, Dónal O'Mathúna, et al (eds.). Springer, in press.


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Media Coverage interviews Dr. Ruth Macklin about the ethical and social consequences of NFL quarterback Peyton Manning’s decision to try an experimental stem cell treatment, not approved by the FDA, for a bulging disk in his neck.

PRI's The World interviews Ruth Macklin, Ph.D., about the ethics of offering a genetic test for Huntington's disease to study subjects who helped create the test.

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