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Jing-Bao Nie was trained originally as a physician in Chinese medicine in China. He then studied sociology in Canada, and the medical humanities and bioethics in the USA. His extensive research takes a distinctive transcultural approach to bioethics and cultural studies, and provides unique insights into the Asian (particularly Chinese) socio-cultural context.

He is the author of Medical Ethics in China (Routledge 2011), Behind the Silence: Chinese Voices on Abortion (Rowman & Littlefield 2005), and three chapters in The Cambridge World History of Medical Ethics (Cambridge UP 2009). He has co-edited Japan’s Wartime Medical Atrocities (Routledge 2010) and several thematic journal issues including one on the methodologies of transcultural and global bioethics for Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2016) and the other on feminist perspectives for Bioethics (2007). His numerous articles are published in such periodicals as American Journal of Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Developing World Bioethics, Asian Bioethics Review, Journal of Clinical Ethics, British Medical Bulletin, and The Lancet.

Two research projects (one on Japan’s wartime human experimentation and the other on China’s birth control program) have been supported by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of NZ. Currently, he is co-conducting a Harvard China Fund project on rebuilding patient–physician trust in China and serves as a consultant and collaborator of an US NIH project on social and ethical issues of HIV cure research. He co-chaired the 6th International Congress of Feminist Bioethics and was on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics.

His books have been internationally hailed in dozens of reviews by scholars in different fields as “landmark contribution” (The Lancet), “truly pioneering” and ‘no less than astounding” (China Review International), “relevance far beyond its specific subject” (China Journal), “extremely important” (Pacific Affairs), “insightful” (Developing World Bioethics), and “essential reading” (Asian Bioethics Review). His academic findings have been cited or featured on Radio French and in Weekendvisen (in Danish), BioEdge, The Guardian, The New York Times, and Nanfang Zhoumo (in Chinese). He has delivered numerous invited lectures in Asia, Europe and North America.

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He welcomes proposals for postgraduate studies, especially PhD, of prospective students from New Zealand, Asia–Pacific and other parts of the world in the areas of his expertise.


Nie, J.-B., Gilbertson, A., de Roubaix, M., Staunton, C., van Niekerk, A., Tucker, J. D., & Rennie, S. (2016). Healing without waging war: Beyond military metaphors in medicine and HIV cure research. American Journal of Bioethics, 16(10), 3-11. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2016.1214305

Tucker, J. D., Wong, B., Nie, J.-B., Kleinman, A., and the Patient-Physician Trust Team. (2016). Rebuilding patient-physician trust in China [Letter]. Lancet, 388(10046), 755. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31362-9

Thirthalli, J., Zhou, L., Kumar, K., Gao, J., Vaid, H., Liu, H., … Nie, J.-B., & Nichter, M. (2016). Traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine approaches to mental health care and psychological wellbeing in India and China. Lancet Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(16)30025-6

Nie, J.-B., Walker, S. T., Qiao, S., Li, X., & Tucker, J. D. (2015). Truth-telling to the patient, family, and the sexual partner: A rights approach to the role of healthcare providers in adult HIV disclosure in China. AIDS Care, 27(Suppl. 1), 83-89. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1071772

Nie, J.-B., Smith, K. L., Cong, Y., Hu, L., & Tucker, J. D. (2015). Medical professionalism in China and the United States: A transcultural interpretation. Journal of Clinical Ethics, 26(1), 48-60.

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