Carolyn P. Neuhaus
Carolyn P. Neuhaus explores philosophical and ethical questions that arise throughout biomedical research and medical practice, from the philosophical foundations of the use of animals in biomedical research to the development of digital medicine and use of AI in healthcare. She is currently engaged in research in The Hastings Center’s Humans and Nature and Science and the Self project areas.
Prior to joining The Hastings Center, she was Rudin Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Medical Ethics of NYU School of Medicine under the mentorship of Arthur Caplan, a Hastings Center Fellow. Her postdoctoral research focused on the use of genome editing tools, such as CRISPR, in nonhuman organisms for public health purposes.
Dr. Neuhaus’s work has appeared in JAMA, American Journal of Bioethics, and the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, among other journals. She also frequently writes for bioethics blogs and news outlets. She is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the International Neuroethics Society, the American Philosophical Association, and the New York Society for Women in Philosophy.
She earned a BA in philosophy from Georgetown University and her PhD in philosophy from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her doctoral research was supported by fellowships from The Graduate Center, CUNY and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
IN THE MEDIA
The Associated Press on video directly observed therapy
F1000 Blog on informed consent in genetically-modified mosquito trials
CGTN on direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits
Gizmodo on kidney vending
Scientific American on CRISPR-edited mice
Unearthed on using genetic engineering to control mosquitoes
SELECTED SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS
Carolyn P. Neuhaus, “Community Engagement and Field Trials of Genetically Modified Insects and Animals,” The Hastings Center Report 48, no. 1 (2018): 25-36.
Carolyn P. Neuhaus, “Ethical Issues when modelling brain disorders in non-human primates,” Journal of Medical Ethics. Epub 17 Aug 2017.
Carolyn P. Neuhaus and Arthur Caplan, “Ethical lessons from a tale of two genetically modified insects,” Nature Biotechnology 35, no. 8 (2017): 713-716.
Carolyn Neuhaus and Arthur Caplan, “Genome Editing – Bioethics Shows the Way,” PLoS Biology. Epub March 16, 2017.
Arthur L. Caplan, Brendan Parent, Michael Shen, and Carolyn Plunkett [Neuhaus], “No Time to Wait – The Ethical Challenges of CRISPR,” EMBO Reports 16, no. 11 (2015): 1421-1426.
Arthur L. Caplan, Carolyn Plunkett [Neuhaus], and Bruce Levin, “Selecting the Right Tool for the Job,” American Journal of Bioethics 15, no. 4 (2015): 4-10.
Carolyn P. Neuhaus, “Reflections on Voracious Science, Vulnerable Animals.” Ampersand: The PRIM&R Blog, July 18, 2017.
“Get the Public Involved in Chimera Research at NIH” Bioethics.net, August 15, 2016
“Get Out of the Way of Human Genetic Engineering? Unwise and Uncalled For” (with Arthur L. Caplan), Forbes, June 7, 2016.
Posts by Carolyn P. Neuhaus
Could the Common Cold Help Stop Covid-19? We Need to Know–Now.Read the PostCOVID-19In an essay published in Scientific American, we call for immediate and intensive research into the possibility that exposure to one of the coronaviruses that cause the common cold could decrease the severity of Covid-19, and could be leveraged to expand what’s been called “pre-existing” immunity to the disease by deliberate transmission of common cold coronaviruses. Here, we expand on our proposal.Read the Post
- Bioethics Forum Essay
Should We Edit the Human Germline? Is Consensus Possible or Even Desirable?Read the PostBioethics Forum EssayI started writing this on my way back to New York from the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong November 27 to 29, where the breaking news of the alleged world’s first birth of genetically edited babies loomed large. The surprising news both reinforced and undercut...Read the Post
- Bioethics Forum Essay
The Only PhD Scientist in Congress Speaks About Truth, Politics, and Human FlourishingRead the PostBioethics Forum EssayAt a time when facts are distorted, disregarded, and ignored in policy making and political discourse, the need in Washington for seekers and defenders of truth has perhaps never been greater. I discussed the state of affairs with Representative Bill Foster, a Democrat from Illinois who prides himsel...Read the Post
- Bioethics Forum Essay
Is it Ethical for Scientists to Create Nonhuman Primates with Brain Disorders?Read the PostBioethics Forum EssayIn early 2016, Nature published a letter from a group of Chinese researchers reporting that they had created rhesus macaques with “autism-like” behaviors. The macaque was bred with a mutation in the MeCP2 gene. Overexpression of MeCP2 is found in MeCP2 duplication syndrome, a disorder that shares...Read the Post
Do Justice and Equity Concerns Bolster or Hinder the Case for the Use of Gene Drive Applications?Read the PostHastings Center scholar Carolyn Neuhaus is on one panel “Do Justice and Equity Concerns Bolster or Hinder the Case for the Use of Gene Drive Applications?” in a series of five panel deliberations entitled “Unsettled Ethical Issues in Gene Drive Research” through the Forum, a collaboration bet...Read the Post
Building Effective Stakeholder and Public Engagement Strategies for Vector Control ProjectsRead the Post
- DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS
Democracy in Crisis: Civic Learning and the Reconstruction of Common PurposeRead the Post
- Hastings Center News
Report Addresses Breakdown in Civic Discourse That is Threatening U.S. DemocracyRead the Post
For “All of Us”? On the Weight of Genomic KnowledgeRead the PostThis collection of essays is the first written product of The Hastings Center’s Initiative in Bioethics and the Humanities. This new initiative, which we created with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and private donors, has three aims. The first is to bring toget...Read the Post
All of Us Research Program: Barriers to Caring for Patients with Genetic Findings that Require Medical AttentionRead the Post
- In the Media
Children and the Pandemic: Hastings Scholars Make Three Policy RecommendationsRead the Post
- In the Media
Carolyn Neuhaus on Privacy Risks With Ancestry Testing KitsRead the Post