The Bioethics Forum held its inaugural meeting on September 24, 2021. The group is a diverse international coalition interested in critical bioethics. Its mission is twofold: first, to ensure that those affected by science, medicine, and technology are properly at the forefront of initiatives to determine and implement ethical solutions impacting wellness, health, and health care; and, second, to explore the use of public engagement and policy beyond public health for the betterment of health and wellness. Incorporating social sciences, humanities, and diverse perspectives, the forum applies critical thinking, analysis, and theory, challenging common assumptions and the bioethics status quo. The forum is dedicated to justice, with attention to those most likely to suffer injustices. It has the aim of filling in gaps in bioethics, emphasizing health and wellness, and including climate change and the environment, tech ethics, and broad scientific ethics.

The forum operates as a drop-in for lively conversation about current bioethical issues, and as a place to bounce ideas around. The subcommittees and small groups create articles for publication.

The Co-Founders and Co-Chairs Anne Zimmerman, Mary Beth Morrissey, and Bruce Jennings founded the Bioethics Forum within the Collaborative for Palliative Care. After two years of partnership, the Collaborative is an organizational member and the forum operates independently.

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To apply to join the forum, please email Anne Zimmerman at ahz5@columbia.edu. We accept individual and organizational members interested in critical approaches to bioethical issues.