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Thomas H. Murray, Ph.D.
/uploadedImages/About/People/Staff/Thomas H. Murray.jpgThomas H. Murray is Senior Research Scholar and President Emeritus. Dr. Murray stepped down as President of The Hastings Center in June 2012 after having served in that position for 13 years. He was formerly the Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, where he was also the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics. He serves on many editorial boards and has testified before many Congressional committees. Among other current posts, he serves as Chair of the Ethical Issues Review Panel for the World Anti-Doping Agency, International Expert Advisor to Singapore’s Bioethics Advisory Committee, and Vice Chair of Charity Navigator. He has been president of the Society for Health and Human Values and of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Murray is the author of more than 250 publications, including The Worth of a Child;The Cultures of Caregiving: Conflict and Common Ground among Families, Health Professionals and Policy Makers, edited with Carol Levine; Genetic Ties and the Family: The Impact of Paternity Testing on Parents and Children, edited with Mark A. Rothstein, Gregory E. Kaebnick, and Mary Anderlik Majumder; Performance-Enhancing Technologies in Sports: Ethical, Conceptual, and Scientific Issues, edited with Karen J. Maschke and Angela A. Wasunna; and, most recently, Trust and Integrity in Biomedical Research: The Case of Financial Conflicts of Interest, edited with Josephine Johnston. He is also editor, with Maxwell J. Mehlman, of the Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology. Murray is currently PI of The Hastings Center’s project, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, on ethics and synthetic biology. He is writing a book on values, drugs, and sport with the working title Why We Play. In 2004 he received an honorary Doctor of Medicine degree from Uppsala University.
Current service includes:
  • Member, Agenda 2008 Study Group on Presidential Science and Technology Advisory Assets, Center for the Study of the Presidency
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical EthicsChair, Ethical Issues Review Panel, World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Member, International Panel of Experts of the Singapore Bioethics Advisory Committee
  • US representative to the International Stem Cell Forum’s Ethics Working Party
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Task Force on Industry Sponsorship of Medical Education
  • Yale School of Nursing – NMPL Advisory Committee
  • Ethics Committee of HUGO, the Human Genome Organization
  • Board of Directors, Charity Navigator
  • Board of Directors, Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy
  • Consulting Editor in Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University Press

Past service (selected) includes:

  • Advisory Committee for the Genomics Institute at the Wadsworth Center
  • Presidential appointment to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission from 1996-2001
    Chair of the subcommittee on genetics
  • US Olympic Committee’s Anti-Doping Committee
  • Ethics and Education Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Former Chair, Social Issues Committee of the American Society for Human Genetics.
    Working Group on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues to the National Human Genome Research
    Institute; Chair, the Task Force on Genetics and Insurance
  • Co-chair, Panel on NIH Research on Anti-Social, Aggressive and Violence-Related Behaviors and Their Consequences
  • NIH Director’s Working Group on Oversight of Gene Therapy Research
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Task Force on Conflicts of Interest
  • NIH Human Embryo Research Panel
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cell, Tissue, and Genetic Therapies Advisory Committee
  • NIH Director’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Conflict of Interest


Recent Publications

Murray T. H., "Stirring the Simmering 'Designer Baby' Pot," Science, vol. 343, no. 6176, March 14, 2014.

Summary: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/343/6176/1208?ijkey=V7lXnxZBB0zvs&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

Reprint: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/rapidpdf/343/6176/1208?ijkey=V7lXnxZBB0zvs&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

Full Text: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/343/6176/1208?ijkey=V7lXnxZBB0zvs&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

Murray, T. H., “Sports Enhancement,” in From Birth to Death and Bench to Clinic, The Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book for Journalists, Policymakers, and Campaigns 2009-2009, The Hastings Center 2008.

Murray, T. H., “Enhancement,” in The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics, Bonnie Steinbock (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2007.
Loland, S. and Murray, T. H., “The ethics of the use of technologically constructed high-altitude environments to enhance performances in sport,” editorial, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 17: 193-195, 2007.
Green, N. S., Dolan, S. M., Murray, T. H., “Newborn Screening: Complexities in Universal Genetic Testing,” American Journal of Public Health, vol 96, no. 11, November 2006.
Botkin, J.R., Clayton, E. W., Fost, N., Burke, W., Murray, T. H., Baily, M.A., Wilfond, B., Berg, A. and Ross, L. F., “Newborn Screening Technology: Proceed with Caution,” Pediatrics, vol. 117, no. 5, May 2006.