Associate Professor, Social Medicine
Co-Chair, UNC Behavioral Institutional Review Board
MA 1995, Anthropology, University of Leuven, Belgium
PhD 2001, Philosophy, University of Leuven, Belgium
Stuart Rennie is Associate Professor in Social Medicine and co-Chair of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institutional Review Board for social and behavioral research. His background is in philosophy and medical anthropology, and his doctoral dissertation concentrated on the impact luck and chance can have on attributions of moral responsibility. Dr. Rennie’s current teaching and research interests focus on research ethics, public health ethics and medical ethics, particularly in the context of the developing world. He is currently co-Principal Investigator of a NIH/Fogarty International Center bioethics capacity building project in the Central Francophone Africa (‘Building Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health’), and South Africa (‘Advancing Research Ethics in Southern Africa’ or ARESA). He also works as ethics consultant for CDC/Global AIDS Projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar, and leads the ethics working group of UNC’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).
Dr. Rennie was Visiting Lecturer at the Center for Bioethics in Stellenbosch, and Lecturer in philosophy at UNC-Greensboro, and Lecturer in applied ethics in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town. In addition to giving guest lectures on research ethics and bioethics within various departments at UNC, Dr. Rennie regularly leads a graduate seminar on Global Health Ethics and co-teaches a doctoral seminar on the history and philosophy of epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health.
As ethics consultant, Dr. Rennie has acted as lead author of the Ethics Guidance for Research (2009) of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) and has provided ethics consultation for UNC researchers as a member of the International Core of the UNC’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). He was also ethics consultant for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Dr. Rennie is also ethics reviewer for the European and Developing World Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the Wellcome Trust.
Dr. Rennie has also successfully applied for NIH grants to conduct qualitative research on rationing AIDS treatment in DR Congo and community attitudes to male circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy in Malawi. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as PLoS Medicine, Science, the Hastings Center Report, Developing World Bioethics and the Journal of Medical Ethics on a variety of themes, including informed consent, HIV testing policies, medical rationing, implementation ethics, research involving children, health surveillance, health inequality and social justice. He is also writes for his own Global Bioethics Blog.