The Greenwall Foundation has made a bequest of $750,000 to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine, to establish a permanent two-year fellowship in bioethics. The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is the newest addition to the Anniversary Fellows program, which provides early-career health science scholars with the opportunity to participate in evidence-based health care or public health policy studies that improve the nation’s health.

“Dramatic advances in biomedical research offer much promise for improved treatment of many diseases, but these breakthroughs also often raise complicated ethical issues,” said Greenwall Foundation President Bernard Lo. “This fellowship will help prepare future leaders in medicine and health care to address bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy.”

“Through this generous gift, promising early-career bioethics scholars will be able to collaborate with and learn from highly distinguished researchers and policy makers as they contribute to National Academy of Medicine initiatives,” added NAM President Victor J. Dzau.

Each fellow will be exposed to a variety of perspectives and experts, including scientists, other health professionals, legislators, government officials, industry leaders, and executives of health organizations. In addition, each fellow will be assigned to an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the fellowship.

Candidates will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, the quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the Academy. Preference will be given to candidates carrying out research in bioethics who have completed their post-graduate work two to 10 years prior to the award, and who have demonstrated interest in and focus on scholarship addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, public health, or public policy. Candidates must hold an M.D., D.O., J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent domestic or foreign degree.

The Greenwall Foundation promotes bioethics research in order to improve patient care, inform biomedical research, and enhance public policy. For more information, visit


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