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Holly Fernandez Lynch

Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBe., of Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, was named the inaugural recipient of the 2019-2020 Baruch A. Brody Award & Lecture in Bioethics.

Lynch won for her significant contributions to the field in research and scholarship on topics ranging from religion and health law to FDA regulation of drugs to nudging health, and her involvement in groups like the Board of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research and the Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight. Her work exemplifies Brody’s spirit and helps inspire and encourage the next generation of bioethics innovators.

The award presentation and inaugural lecture will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Houston Methodist Research Institute Auditorium in Houston, as part of the 2nd Clinical Ethics UnConference. Remote access will be provided, details forthcoming.

About the Award and Lectureship

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Baruch A. Brody, Ph.D. (1943-2018)

The Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Houston Methodist, and Rice University Department of Philosophy established this international $10,000 award and named lectureship in Dr. Baruch Brody's memory. This award recognizes junior and mid-career scholars who have made important theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics. This award will honor someone in the field who embodies the values and virtues that were central to Dr. Brody's scholarly life as well as work at the three sponsoring institutions.

Eligibility Criteria

Criteria for selection include but are not limited to a junior or mid-career scholar (assistant or associate professor) who has:

- Made philosophically informed conceptual contributions to the field of bioethics that are of clinical and practical import
- Demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, the field of bioethics
- Influential scholarship that features theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics
- Scholarly, institutional, or organizational efforts of clinical and practical importance
- A faculty appointment at an academic institution

The 2019/2020 awardee will spend a three-day visiting professorship in Houston at the sponsoring institutions and make a plenary presentation at the 2nd Clinical Ethics UnConference. An SSN or ITIN is required to receive award payment.

Award Includes

-  $10,000 award
- Travel costs and registration fees to present the named lectureship and attend the Clinical Ethics UnConference 
- Three-day Visiting Professorship at the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, offering an opportunity to build collaborations at Houston Methodist Hospital System and Rice University Department of Philosophy

Selection Committee

- Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D., Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
- Charles Millikan, D. Min., Vice President for Spiritual Care and Values Integration, Houston Methodist Hospital
- Elizabeth Brake, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rice University
- Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A., Cullen Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
- Janet Malek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Houston Methodist Biomedical Ethics Program
- Laurence McCullough, Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zucker School of Medicine of Hofstra/Northwell; Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
- Peter Zuk, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy, Rice University; Research Associate, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine

Nominations Closed

The call for nominations period is now closed. Thank you to all who expressed interest and took the time to nominate candidates who are making meaningful contributions to the field of bioethics.