The SBMU Medical Ethics and Law Research center (MELRC) was founded in 2006 upon the approval by the Ministry of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education, and includes the following academic-research departments:

  • Medical Law - Dr. Mahmoud Abbasi
  • Health Rights - Dr. Navid Rahbar
  • Medical Jurisprudence - Dr. Saeed Nazari Tavakoli
  • Nursing Ethics - Dr. Fariba Borhani
  • Medical Ethics - Dr. Seyed Taha Marqati
  • Medical history - Dr. Farzaneh Ghaffari
  • Biological Ethics - Dr. Forouzan Akrami
  • Medical Sociology - Dr. Mohammad Tavakkol
  • AIDS Rights - Dr. Seyed Reza Ehsanpour
  • Ethics of Nanotechnology - Dr. Saeed Biroudian
  • Spiritual Health - Dr. Korosh Vahid Shahi
  • Forensic Medicine - Dr. Seyed Abbas Sadat Hosseini
  • Pharmacy Law and Ethics - Dr. . Korosh Delpasand
  • Midwifery Ethics and Reproductive Health - Dr. Mehri Robat Jazi

 Among the activities conducted by the SBMU MELRC one may note to the publication of scientific and referral textbooks, academic-scientific journals, in the above mentioned various aspects; all published in four languages including Persian, Arabic, English, and French. Conducting joint research projects for advising graduate students, signing memoranda with the scientific-research national and international centers, offering educational course programs at various levels, active participation in national and international conferences and seminars, holding several national and international conferences, workshops, and symposia, membership in national and international scientific circles are all among the other activities performed by the center.

The SBMU MELRC director was nominated as the “Outstanding Professor” at SBMU in 2009, and 2012, respectively, for his works entitled “Medical Responsibility”, and Medical Bio-Ethics” at the SBMU Annual Research Festivals. Moreover, Professor Abbasi was nominated as one of the “Most Outstanding Professors” in 2011 in Koranic field, as well.

The priorities of the SBMU MELRC are all related to its departments and there have been numerous research proposals conducted or under initiation.

The SBMU MELRC has so far held five international conferences in Iran in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016 and  2018 which all have been quite welcomed by the academic staff, professors, students, and researchers.

The center has held three fellowship period programs, and has been effectively admitting PhD students since 2008.