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Neema Sofaer

Neema Sofaer

Neema Sofaer
Dr. Neema Sofaer is a Fellow in Ethics and Health at Harvard University. She holds BA Honors and M.Phil. degrees from Trinity College, Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in Linguistics and Philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sofaer has been a recipient of the UK’s Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.

Her research in philosophy is on the ethics of allocating resources for health care and on the ethics of conducting research on human subjects. The qualitative and quantitative study in which she is involved at Massachusetts General Hospital aims to describe the experiences of individuals who take part in clinical trials in the US, and to understand how their access to medical care during and after the trial depends on their health insurance and socio-economic status. She is also involved in a qualitative study that seeks to describe and evaluate how anti-retroviral treatments are allocated in Uganda between individuals who are HIV positive. Dr. Sofaer is a member of the Ethics Committee at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of Harvard’s teaching hospitals, and an alternate member of the Institutional Review Board at Harvard School of Public Health. Her interests include art, architecture, music, public policy and the reform of the Institutional Review Board system. Contact: neema_sofaer@hms.harvard.edu