Jonathan D Moreno

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David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics
Department: Medical Ethics and Health Policy

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3401 Market St.
Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
Office: 215-898-7136
Fax: 215-573-3036
B.A. (Philosophy and Psychology [Highest Honors])
Hofstra University, 1973.
Ph.D (Philosophy)
Washington University, 1977.
Trainer, Educator, Practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy (American Board of Examiners), 1975.
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Description of Bioethics Expertise

General bioethics, biopolitics, history of bioethics, science ethics, human research ethics, national security research ethics, bioterrorism, neuroethics, consensus theory

Jonathan D. Moreno is one of thirteen Penn Integrates Knowledge university professors. He is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team.

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Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences and is a National Associate of the National Research Council. He has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions, including the current commission under President Obama, and has given invited testimony for both houses of congress. He was an Andrew W. Mellon post doctoral fellow, holds an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, and is a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal from the College of William and Mary Law School.

Moreno is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he edits the magazine Science Progress ( Moreno has served as adviser to many organizations, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Neuroethics Society, a Faculty Affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the New York Academy of Medicine, and a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Kirkus Reviews said of Moreno’s new book,The Body Politic: “In graceful, sparkling prose, he illuminates intricate threads of history and complex philosophical arguments. Patient general readers, as well as scholars and students of bioethics, will benefit from Moreno’s erudition and fairness….” Progress in Bioethics (2010) is the first collection of papers on bioethical progressivism. Publisher’s Weekly said that Science Next: Innovation for the Common Good (2009), “brings hope into focus with reports of innovation that will enhance lives.” He is the author of Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense (2006), which the journal Nature called “fascinating and sometimes unsettling”; and Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans (1999), described by the The New York Times as “an earnest and chilling account” and by the Journal of the American Medical Association as a classic in the literature on human experimentation. His other books include Ethical Guidelines for Innovative Surgery (2006); Is There an Ethicist in the House? (2005); In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis (2003); Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research (2003); Deciding Together: Bioethics and Moral Consensus (1995); Ethics in Clinical Practice (2000); and Arguing Euthanasia (1995). Moreno has published about 300 papers, reviews and book chapters, and is a member of several editorial boards.

Selected Publications

Moreno JD, Schmidt U, Joffe S: The Nuremberg Code and Informed Consent for Research - Reply. JAMA 319(1): 86, Jan 2018.

Moreno JD: History Morals and Medicine. Perspect Biol Med 60(1): 60-73, 2018.

JAMA: The Nuremberg Code 70 years Later. Moreno JD, Schmidt U, Joffe S 318(9): 795-96, Sept 2017.

Moreno JD: Human Gene Editing: Where Does 2017 National Academy of Sciences Report Bring Us? Annals of Internal Medicine 166(9): 667-68, May 2017.

Moreno JD: Will a Trump Administration let Sleeping Cells Lie? Nat Biotechnol 35(1): 20-21, Jan 2017.

Moreno JD: Will a Trump administration let sleeping cells lie? Nature Biotechnology 35(1): 210-21, 2017.

Moreno JD: Acid Brothers: Henry Becher, Timothy Leary and the psychedelic of the century. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 59(1): 107-21, 2016.

Moreno JD: From bedlam to bioethics: Where did my psychodramatic childhood lead me? Canadian Medical Association Journal 2015.

Evans NG, Moreno JD: Yesterday's war; tomorrow's technology: peer commentary on 'Ethical, legal, social and policy issues in the use of genomic technologies by the US military. Journal of Law and Biosciences 2(1): 79-84, 2014.

Moreno JD: Mind wars. Brain science and the military. Monash Bioeth Rev 31(2): 83-99, 2013.

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