Professor of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University
CEP Director

Alex John London

Professor London was named director of the CEP in July of 2007. An elected fellow of the Hastings Center, he has written extensively on problems in bioethics and ethical theory relating to uncertainty, risk, fairness, equality and justice. He also works on methodological issues in both theoretical and applied ethics. His papers have appeared in Mind, Science, The Lancet, PLoS Medicine, Statistics In Medicine, The Hastings Center Report, and numerous other journals and collections. He is co-editor of Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, one of the most widely used textbooks in medical ethics and recipient of the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2016 Professor London was appointed to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) Committee on Clinical Trials During the 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak. In 2012 Professor London joined the Working Group on the Revision of the CIOMS 2002 International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects and in 2011 he was appointed to the Steering Committee on Forensic Science Programs for the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). Since 2007 he has served as a member of the Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network. He has testified before the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and has been commissioned to write papers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He has served as an ethics expert in consultations with numerous national and international organizations including U.S. National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization (here, and here), the World Medical Association (here, and here) and the World Bank.

Recent Publications

Alex John London and Jonathan Kimmelman. (2016). Accelerated Drug Approval and Health Inequality. JAMA Internal Medicine. Published online 13 June 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2534

Liza Dawson, Steffanie A. Strathdee, Alex John London, Kathryn E. Lancaster, Robert Klitzman, Irving Hoffman, Scott Rose, Jeremy Sugarman. (2016) Addressing Ethical Challenges in HIV Prevention Research with People who Inject Drugs. Journal of Medical Ethics. Published online 25 April, 2016. doi:10.1136/medethics-2015-10289.

Aidan Kestigian and Alex John London. (2016). Adversaries at the Bedside: Advance Care Plans and Future Welfare. Bioethics. Published online 23 May 2016. DOI:10.1111/bioe.12263

Frauke Hoss and Alex John London. (2015). Assessing the Moral Coherence and Robustness of Social Systems: Proof of Concept for a Graphical Models Approach. Science and Engineering Ethics Published online 21 December 25. DOI 10.1007/s11948-015-9743-0.

London AJ. (2015) Research in a Public Health Crisis: The Integrative Approach to Managing The Moral Tensions. Emergency Ethics. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 220-261.

London AJ and Kimmelman J. (2015). Why Clinical Translation Cannot Succeed Without Failing. eLife. 2015;4:e12844. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.12844.

Benjamin Carlisle , Nadine Demko, Georgina Freeman, Amanda Hakala, Nathalie MacKinnon, Tim Ramsay, Spencer Hey, Alex John London, Jonathan Kimmelman. (2015). Benefit, Risk and Outcomes in Drug Development: A Systematic Review of Sunitinib. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 108(1): djv292. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djv292

Danielle M. Wenner, Jonathan Kimmelman, and Alex John London. (2015). Patient-Funded Trials: Opportunity or Liability? Cell Stem Cell 17(2): 135-137. DOI: 10.1016/j/stem.2015.07.016

Athanasiou E, London AJ, Zollman KJS. (2015). Dignity and the Value of Rejecting Profitable but Insulting Offers. Mind 124(494): 409-448 doi:10.1093/mind/fzu186.

Kimmelman J and London AJ. (2015). The Structure of Clinical Translation: Efficiency, Information, and Ethics. The Hastings Center Report. 45(2): 27-39. DOI: 10.1002/hast.433

Schenker Y and London AJ. (2015) Imbalanced information on U.S. Hospital Websites: what are the risks? JAMA Internal Medicine. 175(3):441-443. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7400.