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Robert S. Wachbroit, PhD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor (Non-Adjunct Faculty)

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Location:

Howard Hall, 142B

Education and Training

Robert Wachbroit received a B.S in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then went on to do graduate work in philosophy at Oxford and at the University of California (Berkeley), where he received a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He joined the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland in 1986 after teaching several years in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1987 to 1991 he held a joint appointment with the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and the Maryland Biotechnology Institute's Center for Public Issues in Biotechnology. He joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 2011.

Biosketch

Robert Wachbroit is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland. He received a B.S in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then went on to do graduate work in philosophy at Oxford and at the University of California (Berkeley), where he received a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He joined the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland in 1986 after teaching several years in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1987 to 1991 he held a joint appointment with the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and the Maryland Biotechnology Institute's Center for Public Issues in Biotechnology. He joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 2011.

Wachbroit has written many articles in the areas of bioethics, health policy, science and technology policy, and philosophy of science, including articles on the ethics of medical research, the principles of disease classification, the challenges of genetic testing and diagnosis, the controversy over cloning and stem cell research, the problems inherent in risk characterization and risk communication, the changing relationships between experts and the public, and the impact of the Internet on civil society. In support of his research he has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Alpha-1 Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

 

Research/Clinical Keywords

research ethics, medical ethics, philosophy of medicine

Highlighted Publications

Wachbroit, R.S., “Rescue, Strangers, And Research Participants,” American Journal of Bioethics 15 (February 2015), 21-2.

Wachbroit, R.S. "Concepts of Health and Disease" in The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, SecondEdition (Academic Press, 2012). Rewritten article for second edition.

Wachbroit, R.S., "The Prospects for Neuro-Exceptionalism: Transparent Lies, Naked Minds," American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience 8 (January 2008), 3-8.

Wachbroit, R.S., "Normality and Human Difference" in Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics: Implications for Understanding Selves and Society, ed. Erik Parens, Audrey Chapman, and Nancy Press (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) 235-253.

Wachbroit, R.S. and Wasserman, D., "Research Participation: Are We Subject to a Duty," American Journal of Bioethics 5 (2005): 48-9.