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Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop: Insoo Hyun

October 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Insoo Hyun will discuss his work in progress, “Towards a New Bioengineering Ethics.”

Insoo Hyun is Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Faculty Member of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. As a Fulbright Scholar and Hastings Center Fellow, Dr. Hyun’s interests include ethical and policy issues in stem cell research and new biotechnologies.

Currently, Hyun is the Principal Investigator of a BRAIN Initiative-funded project exploring the ethical issues surrounding human brain organoid research, in collaboration with leading scientists at Harvard and Stanford. He is the Co-Principal Investigator, along with colleagues at the Hastings Center, of an NIH grant identifying ways to improve the oversight of stem cell-based human-animal chimera research. And he is the Principal Investigator of a Greenwall Foundation project seeking to formulate a new bioengineering ethics framework for research involving the use of multi-cellular engineered living systems derived from human cells. This Greenwall project is in collaboration with scientists at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Michigan.

Hyun has been involved for many years with the ISSCR (International Society for Stem Cell Research), for which he has helped draft all of the ISSCR’s international research guidelines and has served as their Chair of the Ethics and Public Policy Committee. He now serves as a member of the Neuroethics Subgroup of the BRAIN 2.0 Working Group of Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH.

Hyun received his BA and MA in Philosophy with Honors from Stanford University and his PhD in Philosophy from Brown University. He has been interviewed frequently on National Public Radio and has served on national commissions for the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. Dr. Hyun is a regular contributor to Nature, Science, Cell Stem Cell, The Hastings Center Report, among many other journals. His book Bioethics and the Future of Stem Cell Research was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He was recently named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People of 2019.

The Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop, led by Professor I. Glenn Cohen, provides a forum for discussion of new scholarship from leading researchers and opinion-makers in the fields at the intersection of health and law.

Workshops are held on Monday evenings from 5-7 pm, and are open to the public. Copies of the papers will generally be posted one week in advance on the Petrie-Flom Center website.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to jminnich at


October 28, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Faculty Support Services
Petrie-Flom Center: Health Law, Biotech and Bioethics


Griswold Hall 110 Classroom


Jennifer Minnich
jminnich at