Eric T. Juengst, Ph.D.

Professor of Bioethics
Director, Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law

Ethical Issues of Human Genetics
Concepts of Health and Disease
History and Philosophy of Biology

Office Phone: 216-368-6196

NIH Biosketch

Latest article: Eric Juengst: "Metagenomic metaphors: new images of the human from 'translational' genomic research," In M.Drenthen, et. al., (Eds), New Visions of Nature (Springer, 2009), pp. 129-146.
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Eric Juengst is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law within the Department of Bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of the South in 1978, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University in 1985. He has taught medical ethics and the philosophy of science on the faculties of the medical schools of the University of California, San Francisco and Penn State University. In addition, from 1990 to 1994, he served as the first Chief of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Branch of the National Center for Human Genome Research at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Juengst’s research interests and publications have focused on the conceptual and ethical issues raised by new advances in human genetics and biotechnology. Since 1997 he has been the principal investigator of a series of N.I.H.-funded research projects examining the social policy issues that will be raised by the availability of genetic enhancement techniques and anti-aging interventions, and in 2004 he was awarded a NIH “Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research” P50 grant in support of the work of the CWRU Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law.

Dr. Juengst has served on the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research at NIH, the National Bioethics Committee of the March of Dimes, the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Human Gene Therapy, and the Research Ethics Advisory Committee for NASA, the DNA Advisory Board for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Recombinant DNA Advisory Board of NIH, the Committee on Human Genetic Diversity for the National Academy of Sciences, and the Working Group on Human Germ-line Interventions for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, IRB: Ethics and Human Research, Medical Humanities Reviews, the American Journal of Bioethics,  Human Gene Therapy, andPublic Health Genomics. In 2005, he was awarded the “Golden Eurydice Prize” for leadership in advancing the study of ethical issues in science by the International Forum on Biophilosophy, Leuven, Belgium.

Recent Publications

Eric Juengst, “Population genetic research and screening: conceptual and ethical issues,” In Bonnie Steinbock, Ed., The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics (Oxford U. Press, 2006), pp. 471-490.

Eric Juengst and Hannah Grankvist, “Ethical issues in human gene transfer: a historical overview,” in Richard Ashcroft, Angus Dawson, Heather Draper and John McMillan, Eds, Principles of Health Care Ethics (John Wiley and Sons, 2007, 789-797).

Eric Juengst and Aaron Goldenberg, “Genetic diagnostic, pedigree and screening research,” in Ezekiel Emanuel, Christine Grady, Reidar Lie, Franklin Miller and David Wendler, Eds., The Oxford Textbook on The Ethics of Clinical Research (Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 298-315.

Atwood Gaines and Eric Juengst, “Origin Myths in Bioethics: Constructing Sources, Motives and Reason in Bioethics,” Culture, Psychiatry and Medicine 32(2008): 303-327.

Anders Nordgren and Eric Juengst, "Can genomics tell me who I am? Essentialistic rhetoric in direct-to-consumer DNA testing" New Genetics and Society 28 (June, 2009): 157-172.

Recent Activities

Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar, Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden  and the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, September 15-Oct. 10, 2008

Organizer and Host, “Translating ELSI: Global Perspectives in Research on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Human Genome Research,” Second ELSI Research Community Congress, Cleveland, OH, May 1-3, 2008.

HaSS Visiting Professor, Program on Ethics and the Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, August 19-Sept.1, 2007.

Visiting Professor,  Department of Philosophy, University of Salamanca, Spain, May 13-22 , 2007.

Contact Information

Eric T. Juengst, Ph.D.
Professor of Bioethics
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4976

Office: 216-368-6207
FAX: 216-368-8713

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