ⓘ Nir Eyal (bioethicist)
Nir Eyal is a bioethicist and Henry Rutgers Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Population–Level Bioethics at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Formerly he was a bioethicist in the Department of Global Health and Population of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of the Harvard Medical School. He has long worked closely with Harvard bioethicist Daniel Wikler. Eyals current visibility concerns his role in studying the ethics of human challenge trials in HIV, malaria, and coronavirus vaccine development. He has also written on bystander risks during pandemics and infectious diseases and contract tracing during ebola.
Dr. Eyal received his early education at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University in Israel and the DPhil in Politics from Oxford University. He worked with Peter Singer and others during his 2004-2006 post-doctoral study at Princeton University in the NIH Department of Clinical Bioethics and the Princeton University Center for Human Values. He researched and taught from through 2019 in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of the Harvard Medical School and in the Department of Global Health and Population of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. During those thirteen years, he was affiliated with Faculties of the Harvard Law School and Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences and their research centers. In 2009–2010, he was a Faculty Fellow in a visitorship at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics in Cambridge.
Since mid-2019, Dr. Eyal has been a faculty member within the Rutgers Department of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Population–Level Bioethics there.
2. Education and postdoctoral training
- 1994-1998 MA, Philosophy, Hebrew University
- 2002-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Department of Clinical Bioethics
- 1991-1994 BA, Philosophy and History, Tel Aviv University
- 2004-2006 Harold T Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics, Princeton University Center for Human Values
- 1998-2003 DPhil, Politics political philosophy, Oxford University
- Academics Stand Against Poverty ASAP Award – Yale University 2011
- Lady Davis Fellowship – Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2018
- Young Scholar Award, Ethics and Public Life Program – Cornell University 2006
- Nominated for Donald O’Hara Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching – Harvard Medical School 2014
- Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research – International Association of Bioethics and USC 2010 – For best paper in the International Association of Bioethics Congress, with coauthor Neema Sofaer.
- Rector Award – Roskilde University 2013
4. Select publications
- Brown MJ, Goodwin J, Liddell K, Martin S, Palmer S, Firth P, N Eyal. Allocating Medical Resources in the Time of COVID-19. The New England journal of medicine 2020:382
- Eyal N, Lipsitch M, Smith PG. Human challenge studies to accelerate coronavirus vaccine licensure. 2020. The Journal of infectious diseases 221 11, 1752–1756.
- Eyal N, Lipsitch M. Ethical Comparators in Coronavirus Vaccine Trials.
- Eyal N, Wikler D. Ethical complexities of responding to bystander risk in HIV prevention trials. Clinical Trials 2020:165, 458–460.
- Eyal N, Hurst SA, Murray CJL, Wikler D, Schroeder SA. Measuring the Global Burden of Disease: Philosophical Dimensions. Oxford University Press, USA. 2020.
- Google Scholar list of publications by Nir Eyal
- Eyal N, Halkitis PN. AIDS Activism and Coronavirus Vaccine Challenge Trials. AIDS and Behavior, 2020.
- Eyal N. The benefit/risk ratio challenge in clinical research, and the case of HIV cure: an introduction. J Med Ethics. 2017;43:65–6.
- Eyal N. How to keep high-risk studies ethical: classifying candidate solutions. J Med Ethics. 2017;43:74–7.
- Eyal N, Lipsitch M, Smith PG. Human challenge studies to accelerate coronavirus vaccine licensure. J Infect Dis. 2020;221:1752.
- Eyal N. Why Challenge Trials of SARS‐CoV‐2 Vaccines Could Be Ethical Despite Risk of Severe Adverse Events. Ethics & Human Research. 2020.
- Dan Wikler of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Till Baernighausen, University of Heidelberg
- Daniel W. Brock of Harvard Medical Schools DME and Harvards Program in Ethics and Health
- Christopher J. L. Murray, widely interviewed American public health scholar at Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation IHME at the University of Washington in Seattle. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation COVID model was called the Chris Murray model in White House press briefings.
- Ole Norheim, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
- Norman Daniels of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Marc Lipsitch of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Ezekiel Emanuel
5. Personal life
Eyal is married to Leah Price, Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University, founder and director of the Rutgers Initiative for the Book and the author of numerous books, including What We Talk About When We Talk About Books Prior to moving to Rutgers, Price was Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University, where at the age of 31 she became one of the youngest assistant professors ever to be promoted to tenure at Harvard. They have one son and live in Princeton, New Jersey.
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