Sean Philpott-Jones, PhD, MSB

Director and Associate Professor of
Bioethics, The Bioethics Program and

Director of Research Ethics for
The Bioethics Program



A public health researcher and ethicist by training, Dr. Sean Philpott holds advanced degrees in microbiology, medical anthropology, and bioethics. He is currently Director of the Bioethics Program at Clarkson University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, where he develops and teaches courses in research ethics and also coordinates Clarkson's Fogarty-funded Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics for Central and Eastern Europe and Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative. In addition, he is currently Chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, an advisory panel that reviews the scientific and ethical aspects of research involving human participants submitted to the EPA for regulatory purposes.
Before joining Clarkson University he was Science and Ethics Officer for the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), an advocacy project at an international non-profit organization called PATH, where his work focused on building the capacity of developing country researchers and stakeholders to design, conduct and monitor clinical trials of new user-controlled tools to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. He also was previously Associate Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College and Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany School of Public Health, Deputy Director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI), Executive Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics and a long-term member of the New York State Department of Health Institutional Review Board.



Curriculum Vitae >

Recent Publications

Downing R, Philpott-Jones S. Translating the human clinical ethics consultation committee model for veterinary applications. AmericanJournal of Bioethics 2018; in press.

Mathews DJH, Hester DM, Kahn J, McGuire Am, Mckinney Jr. R, Meador K, Philpott-Jones S, Youngner S, Wilfond BS. A conceptual model for the translation of bioethics research and scholarship. Hastings Center Report 2016; 46(5): 34-9.

Fletcher F, Ingram LA,Kerr J, Buchberg M, Lovis LB, Philpott-Jones S. “She Told Them, Oh That Bitch Got AIDS”: Experiences of multi-level HIV/AIDS-related stigma among African American women living with HIV/AIDS in the South. AIDS, Patient Care and STDs 2016; 30(7):349-56.

Philpott-Jones S, Gefenas E, Cox Macpherson, C, Strosberg MA, Hall RT. Fogarty and charge of moral imperialism: A Response to Hellmann et al. Archives of Medical Research 2016; 47(1): 65-6.

Haddad LB, Philpott-Jones S, Schonfeld T. Human Rights and Clinical Ethics are the Right Framework to Address the Probable DMPA-HIV Interaction. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2015; 41(2): 156-7.

Haddad LB, Philpott-Jones S, Schonfeld T. Contraception and prevention of HIV Transmission: A conflict of public health principles. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2015; 41(1): 20-3.

Madhivanan P, Krupp K, Kulkarni V, Kulkarni S, Vaidya N, Shaheen R, Philpott S, Fisher C. HIV testing among pregnant women living with HIV in India: Are private healthcare providers routinely violating women’s human rights? BMC International Health and Human Rights 2014; 14:7. doi:10.1186/1472-698X-14-7.

Philpott S. Execution by lethal injection: Illegal research? Hastings Center Report 2014; 44(2): 11-2.

Silverman H, Strosberg M, Luna F, Philpott S, Hammerle CA. An analysis of online courses in research ethics in the Fogarty-sponsored bioethics training programs. Journal of Empirical Research in Human Research Ethics 2013; 8(5): 59-74.

Strosberg M, Gefenas E, Loue S, Philpott S. Building research ethics capacity in post-Communist countries: Experience of two Fogarty training programs. Journal of Empirical Research in Human Research Ethics 2013; 8(5): 28-39.

Kalfoglou AL,  Kammersell MR, Philpott S, Dahl E. Ethical arguments for and against sperm sorting for non-medical sex selection: A review. Reproductive BioMedicine 2013; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2012.11.007.

Philpott S. Social justice, public health ethics, and the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention. AmericanJournal of Preventative Medicine 2013; 44(1) Suppl 2: S137-40.

Philpott S. Research, Unethical. In Jennings B, et al. (eds). 2013. Encyclopedia of Bioethics.Farmington Hills, MI: Cengage.

Schüklenk U, Philpott S. International research ethics. In LaFollette H, Deigh J, Stroud S, LaFollette E (eds). 2013. International Encyclopedia of Ethics.Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Watt G, Kantipong P, Burnouf T, Shikuma C, Philpott S,. Natural scrub typhus antibody suppresses HIV CXCR4(X4) viruses. Infectious Disease Reports 2013; 5(1): e8.

Philpott S. America’s drug problem: Ongoing shortages of critical medicines. Hastings Center Report 2012; 42(4): 9-10.


Recent Activities

“Refugee and Migrant Health, Mobility and Responsibilities.” Bioethics Program Webinar Series, Schenectady, NY. February 2018.

“Challenges in Providing Care and Treatment for Individuals with Age-Related Cognitive Disorders.” SUNY Albany School of Social Welfare, Albany, NY. January 2018.

“Ethics in Research: Moral Responsibilities of Scientists.” Conference on US and Chinese Perspectives on Bioethics, Law and Philosophy, Changsha, Hunan, China. January 2018.

“Refugee and Migrant Health, Mobility and Responsibilities.” 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA. November 2017.

“Refugee and Migrant Health, Mobility and Responsibilities.” American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 19th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO. October 2016.

“Building Research Ethics Capacity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The CREEi Program.” American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 19th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO. October 2016.

“Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Associated with Gene Editing.” Bioethics Program Webinar Series, Schenectady, NY. September 2017.

“Ethics in Research: Moral Responsibilities of Scientists.” Advanced Certificate Program – E-Education in Research Ethics: Central and Eastern Europe. University of Riga, Riga, Latvia. August 2017.

“Ética de Salud Pública,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Proseminar, Querétaro, Mexico. June 2017.

“Ética de la Investigación: La Perspectiva de Política Pública,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Proseminar, Querétaro, Mexico, June 2017.

Research Ethics and Public Health,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Proseminar, St. George’s, Grenada. May 2017.

“Research Ethics: A Public Policy Perspective,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Proseminar, St. George’s, Grenada. May 2017.

“Interpersonal Skills and Communication,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Capstone, St. George’s, Grenada. May 2017.

“Ethical Issues in the Use of CRISPR Gene Editing Technologies.” Northeast Biological Safety Association (NBSA) 9th Annual Biosafety Symposium, Albany, NY. April 2017.

“Public Health Ethics and Infectious Disease: Lessons from the Ebola Epidemic.” SUNY Albany School of Public Health, Albany, NY. March 2017.

“Defining Standards of Prevention in HIV Prevention Trials,” SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY. March 2017.

“Bending Bioethics: How the Bioethics Community has Failed the LGBT Community.” John Conley Center for Bioethics Education, Brooklyn, NY. March 2017.

“Bioethics and Human Rights.” Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, Albany, NY. February 2017.

“Physician Aid-in-Dying: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues.” Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY. October 2016.

“Ethical Challenges for Rural Health Centers”. Adirondack Health Center, Saranac Lake, NY. September 2016.

 “Training to Meet the Needs of Those We Serve: Integrating Standardized Patients into Ethics Education”. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 18th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October 2016.

“Strategies for Teaching Leadership in an Online Format.” Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Intensive Summer Workshop (HCM 507), Schenectady, NY. September 2016.

“Defining Standards of Prevention in HIV Prevention Trials,” Vilnius International Summit on Communicable Diseases, Vilnius, Lithuania. June 2016.

“Ética de Salud Pública,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Proseminar, Querétaro, Mexico. June 2016.

“Ética de la Investigación: La Perspectiva de Política Pública,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Proseminar, Querétaro, Mexico, June 2016.

“Scientific and Ethical Challenges in HIV/AIDS Prevention Research: An Overview.” Ethical Issues in HIV/AIDS-related Research in China, Changsha, Hunan, China. June 2016.

“Research Ethics: Historical Landmarks, Principles and Regulation.” Ethical Issues in HIV/AIDS-related Research in China, Changsha, Hunan, China. June 2016.

“Research Ethics and Public Health,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Proseminar, St. George’s, Grenada. May 2016.

“Research Ethics: A Public Policy Perspective,” Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Proseminar, St. George’s, Grenada. May 2016.

“Informed Consent in Research.” Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY. March 2016.

“Incentives in Research: Inducements versus Compensation.” Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY. March 2016.

“Concussive Head Trauma in High Impact Professional Sports.” Bioethics Program Webinar Series, Schenectady, NY. February 2016.

“Research Involving Illicit Substances: Ethical and Legal Concerns.” Caribbean Public Health Agency Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad, January 2016.

“Community-Based Participatory Research.” Caribbean Public Health Agency Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad, January 2016.

“Research ethics committee structure and function.” Caribbean Public Health Agency Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad, January 2016.




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