Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

Duke News

Keep up with our core and affiliated faculty in the national and international news. Read their op-ed pieces, quotes and interviews, and cutting-edge research findings.

Wed, Mar 06

How Will We Pay For Drugs That Cost Millions?

Drugs that cost as much as a house are on the way to treat rare and devastating diseases. The US is scrambling to figure out how to pay for them.

Wed, Feb 27

Empowering Women through Technology, Self-Exploration and Art

Learn how a global art and empowerment project grew out of a medical device designed by Duke’s Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies in this behind-the-scenes interview with Libby Dotson (Trinity, ’18), exhibition curator.

Wed, Feb 20

Ethical Guidelines for DNA Testing in Migrant Family Reunification

In the summer of 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers removed more than 2600 migrant children from their families at the United States–Mexico border

Fri, Jan 25

When Neuromarketing Crosses the Line

Neuromarketing can be a powerful tool for learning about and captivating customers, but there have long been questions and consumer backlash about its ethical implications.

Sat, Jan 05

In Memoriam – Dr. Richard Payne

Dr. Rich PayneWe are saddened by the recent death of our Faculty Affiliate, Rich Payne, Esther Colliflower Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Divinity. Dr. Payne died Jan. 3 at age 67

Recently retired from his endowed chair in Divinity and Medicine, Rich was an internationally known expert in pain relief, care for those near death, oncology, and neurology. His focus was always upon the patient and, even in the heat of the opioid crisis, he remained a tireless advocate for patients in chronic pain.

The grandson of a sharecropper and the ninth of 14 siblings, Rich received his BA in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale and his MD from Harvard Medical School. Before coming to Duke, he led the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.

Dr. Payne retired from Duke Divinity School in 2017, where he served as a faculty member for the Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative, an expansion from the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, which he helped to launch and direct.

He was a generous, thoughtful and insightful colleague and we will always be inspired by his extraordinary career.

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