Jeffrey Kahn, PhD

Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University and director of its Institute of Bioethic

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 at the office. 6:00PM


Reproductive technologies pose a range of ethical issues, from challenging traditional notions of parentage to the increasingly real possibility of selecting genetic traits in our offspring. This presentation and discussion will examine the latest issues in the ethics (Jewish and secular) of reproductive technologies as well as discuss a case involving a Jewish family who used a combination of reproductive and leading edge medical technologies to save the life of their critically ill daughter.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 at 6:00PM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Following Shabbat services, Jeffrey P. Kahn will give us an update and brief analysis of the current international debate about the ethics of the use of gene editing techniques in humans.

Jeffrey Kahn is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy. He is also Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies. He speaks widely both in the U.S. and abroad, and has published four books and over 125 articles in the bioethics and medical literature, and is currently co-PI for the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Ethics and Policy Research on Genomics and Infectious Disease (NIH-NHGRI). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and Fellow of the Hastings Center, and has chaired or served on committees and panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Medicine, where he is currently chair of the Board on Health Sciences Policy. His education includes a BA in microbiology (UCLA, 1983), MPH (Johns Hopkins, 1988), and PhD in philosophy (Georgetown, 1989