Hastings Center

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Hastings Center
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Motto The Hastings Center is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest since 1969.
Formation 1969
Type Bioethics research institute
Headquarters Garrison, New York
Mildred Z Solomon[1]
Key people
Nancy Berlinger[2]
Daniel Callahan[3]
Josephine Johnston[4]
Michael K. Gusmano[5]
Gregory Kaebnick[6]
Karen Maschke[7]
Thomas H. Murray[8]
Erik Parens[9]
Website Thehastingscenter.org

The Hastings Center, founded in 1969, is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit bioethics research institute based in the United States. It is dedicated to the examination of essential questions in health care, biotechnology, and the environment. The center has over 180 fellows, including many physicians, attorneys, PhDs and bioethicists.

The center, originally located in Hastings-on-Hudson, moved to the Briarcliff College site in Briarcliff Manor; it is now headquartered in Garrison, New York, on the former Woodlawn estate designed by Richard Upjohn.[10]


The center is best known as the publisher of Hastings Center Report [11] and IRB: Ethics & Human Research,[12] which feature scholarship and commentary in bioethics for readers worldwide. Both are published six times per year. The Report also periodically features special reports, published as supplements, from the center's research projects.

In March 2006, the center launched Bioethics Forum,[13] a free website "offering thoughtful commentary, representing a range of perspectives, on contemporary debates in bioethics and bioethical issues in the news."[14]

The Health Care Cost Monitor was added in May 2009. Edited by Hastings Center cofounder Daniel Callahan, the blog publishes "commentary and opinion on cost control as part of health care reform."[15]


The center's projects, carried out by interdisciplinary research teams, range from "stem cell politics", to globalization and its impact on health status, to "science in the age of big pharma". Primary research areas include genetics and biotechnology, health care and health policy, ethics, science, the environment, and international science ethics. The center strives to frame and explore issues that inform professional practice, public conversation, and social policy.

The center conducts seminar-style meetings to review developments in science and policy, frame legal and social issues, and in-depth critical reflection on fundamental principles and values. Center research scholars write and speak on a variety of topics and assist members of the press and others.

The center is funded by grant money, private donations, and subscriptions.

The Morison Library serves as a resource for center research scholars, fellows, visitors, and others.

Woodlawn, the Hastings Center's home in Garrison, NY

Reception and Influence[edit]

The Journal of the American Medical Association has praised the Hastings Center's 1987 "Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and the Care of the Dying" as a standard in the field of bioethics. Several court decisions, including the 1990 Supreme Court ruling in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, have cited the guidelines.

Hastings Center staff are frequently called upon for policy advice by committees and agencies at both the Federal and state levels.[16]


Henry Knowles Beecher Awards[edit]

Since 1976, the center's Henry Knowles Beecher Award has recognized "individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to ethics and the life sciences and whose careers have been devoted to excellence in scholarship, research, and ethical inquiry." Recipients include Joanne Lynn, Edmund D. Pellegrino, Henry K. Beecher, Sissela Bok, Jay Katz, Daniel Callahan, Willard Gaylin, Paul Ramsey, Joseph Fletcher, Raanan Gillon and Hans Jonas.[17]

Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards[edit]

In 2009, the center and the Cunniff-Dixon foundation launched the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards. Four prizes totaling $95,000 will be awarded to physicians who "have shown their care of patients to be exemplary, a model of good medicine for other physicians, and a great benefit in advancing the centrality of end-of-life care as a basic part of the doctor-patient relationship."[18] The 2010 recipients were Robert A. Milch for the established physician award, and Elisabeth Potts Dellon, Jeffrey N. Stoneberg, and Eytan Szmuilowicz for the early-career physician awards.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mildred Z. Solomon". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D.". The Hastings Center. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Daniel Callahan, Ph.D.". The Hastings Center. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Josephine Johnston, LLB, MBHL". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Michael K. Gusmano, Ph.D.". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Gregory E. Kaebnick, Ph.D.". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  7. ^ "Karen J. Maschke, Ph.D.". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  8. ^ "Thomas H. Murray, Ph.D.". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  9. ^ "Erik Parens, Ph.D.". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  10. ^ http://philipstown.info/2013/07/02/the-hastings-center-releases-second-edition-of-guidelines/
  11. ^ "Report". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  12. ^ "IRB: Ethics & Human Research". Thehastingscenter.org. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  13. ^ "The Blog of the Hastings Center Report". Bioethics Forum. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  14. ^ "What is Bioethics Forum?". Thehastingscenter.org. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  15. ^ "Health Care Cost Monitor - Commentary and opinion on cost control in the implementation of health reform". Thehastingscenter.org. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  16. ^ Melvin, Tessa (1989-12-17). "Two Decades as 'Honest Brokers' for Medicine's Moral Issues". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Henry Knowles Beecher Award". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  18. ^ "2012 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  19. ^ "Physicians Honored for Exemplary End-of-Life Care by Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Awards". The Hastings Center. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 

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