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Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D.
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Professor of Medical Ethics

Research Interest:
General bioethics, history of bioethics, human research ethics, national security research ethics, bioterrorism, neuroethics, consensus theory

Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor and Professor of Medical Ethics and the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and has served on numerous Academies' boards and committees. He was co-chair of the Academies' Committee on Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. He is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He is a bioethics advisor for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Faculty Affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, a Fellow of the Hastings Center and of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Moreno is also Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, DC-based public policy think tank.  At CAP he is the editor-in-chief of Science Progress, a magazine of science and science policy.

Moreno has been a senior staff member for two presidential commissions and has given invited testimony for both houses of congress. He has published 17 books, monographs, anthologies and textbooks and more than 250 papers, reviews and book chapters, and is a member of several editorial boards. He is a frequent guest on news and information programs and is often quoted in the national press.

Moreno has held full-time faculty appointments at Swarthmore College, the University of Texas at Austin, George Washington University, and the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He was also a Special Expert in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the Warren Magnuson Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He was a member of the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee, a senior consultant for the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and has advised the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During 1994-95 he was Senior Policy and Research Analyst for the President's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments.

Moreno received his bachelor's degree from Hofstra University in 1973, with highest honors in philosophy and psychology. He was a University Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, receiving his doctorate in philosophy in 1977.

Moreno has received many awards and honors, among them a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in cooperation with the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies in 1984-85. In 1998 he received an honorary doctorate from Hofstra.  The College of William and Mary School of Law awarded him the Benjamin Rush Medal in 2008.

Among his books are Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense (Dana Press, 2006), Is There an Ethicist in the House? On the Cutting Edge of Bioethics (Indiana University Press, 2006),  In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis (MIT Press, 2003); Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans (Routledge, 2001); and Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research (Johns Hopkins, 2003).


The Three-Parent Embryo: Ethical Implications,” ReachMD

Ethics and War,” Penn Current, March 6, 2008.

Neuroscience at War: Mind Wars Trans-Atlantic Discussion,” Dana Foundation, September 26, 2007.

Neuroscience and the Next Generation of War,” Center for American Progress, December 7, 2006.

Jonathan Moreno on ‘Mind Wars,’” Dana Press, on “Neurophilosophy,” November 23, 2006.

Neurosecurity and Scientists,” New York Academy of Sciences, November 22, 2006.

Selected Publications
Moreno J.D and Berger S. “Biotechnology and the New Right: Bioconservatism’s Red Menace,” American Journal of Bioethics 7(10);7-13, 2007.

Moreno J.D. “Congress’s Hybrid Problem, Hastings Center Report 36(4):12-13, 2006.

Moreno J.D. “The Name of the Embryo,” Hastings Center Report 36(5):3, 2006.

Moreno J.D. “The End of the Great Bioethics Compromise,” Hastings Center Report_ 35(1):14-15, 2005.

Moreno J.D. “Bioterrorism.” Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd Edition. New York: MacMillan, 2004.

Moreno J.D. “Neuroethics: An Agenda for Neuroscience and Society,” Nature Reviews Neuroscience 4(2):149-153, 2003.