As a bioethics research center, CBHD seeks to provide a variety of resources aimed across the spectrum of academic and popular literature to address the pressing ethical issues of our day at the intersection of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. In addition to our everyday work, the Center is also involved in a number of larger and/or longer-term research projects, including: producing monographs and/or edited volumes involving Center staff; the facilitation of Center sponsored publications involving consultants, fellows, and affiliates; sponsoring collaborative projects in conceptual and/or empirical research relevant to bioethics. The following are a list of current research projects:
Active Research & Publications:
- CBHD Executive Director, Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, is contributing an essay on "Evangelical Perspectives on Prenatal Testing" to a forthcoming volume with Oxford University Press.
- CBHD is producing an edited volume on "Hope and Christian Bioethics," based upon the Center's 2016 Academy of Fellows Consultation. The volume is being co-edited by the Chair of the Academy, Claretta Dupree, PhD, and CBHD Research Scholar, Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, and will include essays and responses from the Center's fellows. Publication is anticipated for 2017.
- CBHD is producing a special report on the ethical and scientific information related to the potential abortifacient effects of Plan B based upon a 2015 consultation that the Center hosted. CBHD executive staff, Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, and Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, are the editors on this volume. Publication is anticipated for 2017.
- CBHD is producing a special report on the ethics of fetal tissue research and transplantation. Publication is anticipated for 2017.
- CBHD is sponsoring a study examining the preparation for, comfort level with, and engagement of bioethical issues by clergy. CBHD Executive Director, Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, is the primary investigator. CBHD Research Scholar, Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, is a member of the research team, along with additional assistance from 2014 Bioethics Education Intern, Mary Butson, MDiv, MA. Analysis of this research was completed in 2014, and the findings have been incorporated into a broader qualitative study led by Paige as part of her doctoral dissertation.
- CBHD is sponsoring a multi-national study examining attitudes and use of assisted reproductive technologies among church attendees. The study is funded in part through one of our Global Bioethics Education Initiative grants, and has been designed by 2009 GBEI Scholar Megan Best. CBHD Research Scholar, Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, is a member of the original research team, and CBHD Executive Director, Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, and Academy of Fellows Chair, Claretta Dupree, PhD, are assisting Dr. Best with the analysis. Analysis of findings is expected to be completed in 2017 along with submission of materials for publication.
- CBHD is sponsoring a study on attitudes about and usage patterns for the off-label. use of prescription ADHD drugs on Christian college campuses. The study has been designed by Susan Rouse, PhD, and CBHD Research Scholar, Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, along with Joel Pacyna are members of the research team. Analysis of findings are expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with materials to be submitted for publication in 2017.
- CBHD Research Scholar Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, and former CBHD Fellow Gregory W. Rutecki, MD, co-authored "A Christian Physician: Combining Conscience, Philanthropia, and Calling" in Christian Bioethics 22, no. 3 (2016).
- CBHD Research Scholar Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, contributed essays on "Nanotechnology" and "Robots" to the Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, edited by Henk ten Have (Springer, 2016).
- CBHD research staff Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, and Michael Cox, PhD (Cand.), co-edited a special report, Examining POLST, as a 2015 supplemental issue of Dignitas.
- Megan Best, MAAE, BMed (Hons), ThA, published the volume Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life (Matthias Media, 2012). Portions of the research were completed during Dr. Best's time with CBHD as a 2009 Global Bioethics Education Scholar, and additional research was made possible through one of our GBEI grants.