Alex John London
Alex John London is Associate Professor of Philosophy and executive member of the Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Carnegie Mellon in 2000, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics and he received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Virginia.
In 2005 Professor London was awarded a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This fellowship provides a year of release from teaching so that he may pursue philosophical issues at the intersection of decision theory, philosophy of economics, and research ethics. That year he was also commissioned by the Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to DHHS Regulations on Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research of the Institute of Medicine to write a paper delineating an ethical framework for the involvement of prisoners in medical research.
Professor London’s research focuses on foundational ethical issues in human-subjects research and on methodological issues in theoretical and applied ethics. In addition to authoring numerous publications on these issues, he is co-editor of one of the most widely used textbooks in medical ethics. He has been invited to speak in a wide range of venues including Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Georgetown University. He was a participant in the International Consultation on Ethical Issues in the Clinical Testing of Microbicides, a meeting in Washington D.C. sponsored by the Global Campaign for Microbicides and funded by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and he was a panelist the conference “Considering Usual Medical Care in Clinical Trial Design: Scientific and Ethical Issues,” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Program on Clinical Research Policy Analysis and Coordination. He was also a member of a national study group to examine the ethics of innovative surgery and he has ongoing interests in ethical issues surrounding innovative surgical practices, including the use of sham surgery controls. He is currently the editor of the ASBH Exchange, a publication of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.