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Pete Young

Pete Young

Pete Young

DPhil Student

Pete joined the Ethox Centre in October 2018 as a DPhil candidate under the supervision of professors Nina Hallowell, Ruth Horn, and Angeliki Kerasidou. He is interested in the ethics of prenatal testing in the UK and, specifically, the rollout of a new antenatal screening test, non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), by the NHS. 

Pete graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a minor in the Humanities. Post-graduation, he worked as a research technician at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. While at Penn, he also enrolled in the Master of Bioethics program, graduating in 2015 and completing his capstone thesis on the financial conflicts of interest that exist between pharmaceutical companies and physicians. 

In the summer of 2014, Pete won a competitive scholarship to intern at the World Medical Association’s secretariat office in Ferney-Voltaire. This experience allowed him to continue exploring his interest in providing equitable healthcare access to marginalised groups and individuals at multiple intersections of social inequality. While there, Pete helped draft the WMA’s Statement on Transgender People later adopted by the 66th General Assembly. 

More recently, Pete was responsible for research support and public outreach at the Berman Institute of Bioethics. He gave research assistance to the Ethics in Clinical Practice Program, a clinical ethics education program taught to physicians, medical residents, and medical students at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and he also coordinated Ethics for Lunch, a lecture series, which gives an introduction to some of the ethical questions that clinicians, patients, and family members face in the healthcare setting. Additionally, he managed the Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy (MEPRA), a nurse ethics program in Johns Hopkins Hospital, which aims to help nurses combat moral distress and burnout through developing and refining nurses’ skills in recognising and addressing ethical concerns.


  1. Rushton, C. Swoboda, S., Reller, N. Skrupski, K., Prizzi, M., Young, P., & Hanson, G. (2021). Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy: Equipping Nurses to Address Ethical Challenges, American Journal of Critical Care, 30 (1), e1–e11.
  2. Young, P. D., Xie, D. & Schmidt, H. (2017). Towards Patient-Centered Conflicts of Interest Policy. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. Advance online publication.
  3. Young, P. D., & Rushton, C. H. (2017). A Concept Analysis of Moral Resilience. Nursing Outlook, 65, 579–587.
  4. Nagai, Y., Tsuchiya, H., Runkle, E. A., Young, P. D., Ji, M. Q., Norton, L., Drebin, J. A., Zhang, H., & Greene, M. I. (2015). Disabling of the erbB Pathway Followed by IFN-γ Modifies Phenotype and Enhances Genotoxic Eradication of Breast Tumors. Cell Reports, 12, 2049–2059.
  5. Ruan, H., Hao, S., Young, P., & Zhang, H. (2015). Targeting Cathepsin B for Cancer Therapies. Horizons in Cancer Research, 56, 23–40.
  6. Reina, C. P., Nabet, B. Y., Young, P. D., & Pittman, R. N. (2012). Basal and Stress-Induced Hsp70 Are Modulated by Ataxin-3. Cell Stress Chaperones, 17, 729–742.