John Lynch

John Lynch

Associate Professor
University of Cincinnati


I am thinking broadly about the interface of rhetoric and bioethics.  At the moment, this has led me to work on several different essay-length projects: Some of these are related to grant-funded research, but others are topics that I wanted to address (before devoting more time exclusively to a book on rhetoric, bioethics, and research misconduct).  The grant-funded projects focus on the rhetorical and ethical issues in biobanking research, ranging from conflict-of-interest and consent to how biobank researchers ought to communicate to the public (content, but even more importantly, phatic/relational elements) and what biobankers “owe” back to those who contribute specimens to research.  The “want to do” essays focus on the public articulation of bioethical issues. The essays here focus on mass media/journalistic depictions of conflict of interest in the case of lung cancer screening research and another on the use of Brave New World as a trope in the public, bioethical debate on embryonic stem cell research.

key words to describe research

Stem cells, conflict of interest, biobanking, bioethics

Work in relation to symposium keywords

Ethics and connections are the two keywords that resonate the most with my current work.  Ethics seems ridiculously obvious as the focus of my research has been bioethics, both as a mode of research/work I conduct but also as an area ripe for rhetorical analysis in itself. Connection is also very important.  It is the relationship/connection between myself and others that has made my work with medical campus researchers possible; every grant opportunity and research collaboration has been enabled by relationships that I have fostered with people inside and outside of my department and discipline.  But connection also highlights the ethical posture which I hope to encourage when I talk to researchers and teach research ethics: They must be open to an encounter—a connection—with research participants if they truly wish to have authentically ethical encounters with the people on whom they research.

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