International voice in human subjects protections named NIH Clinical Center bioethics chief

NIH: Maggie McGuire, NIH Clinical Center: Friday, March 2, 2012

Christine Grady, Ph.D., was recently named chief of the Department of Bioethics of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center.

Grady has served as deputy director of the department since 1996 and served as acting chief since September 2011. Her research focuses on clinical research subject recruitment, incentives, vulnerability, consents, and international research ethics.

“Dr. Grady has had a strong international voice in human subjects protections, and under her leadership, the Department of Bioethics will continue its important, world-class work,” said Clinical Center Director John I. Gallin, M.D.

Grady is currently a member of President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and is a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Hastings Center.

Grady received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and biology from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in community health nursing from Boston College, and a doctoral degree in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University. In 1996, she came to the Clinical Center from the National Institute of Nursing Research, where she had served as assistant director for clinical science. Grady has served as a consultant to international bodies such as UNAIDS (1996 and 1998) and the Pan American Health Organization (1999) and spent two years in Brazil with Project Hope. Read More