Louisa Howard graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 as an Echols Scholar, majoring in Art History with a minor in Bioethics and completing all pre-medical requirements. After interning at a Fertility Center during college, Louisa grew passionate about the ethical challenges facing healthcare, especially in the field of reproductive medicine and research ethics. Her subsequent coursework and internship at the Global Bioethics Initiative in New York further fueled her interest in the field.
Upon graduation, Louisa was awarded a two-year Fellowship to perform research at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She is currently involved in clinical research focusing on Hepatitis C drug trials for patients co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C. Through this fellowship, Louisa has been exposed to the inner-workings of clinical research— from IRB approvals to informed consent and ensuring patient safety. She is also actively involved in the NIH Department of Bioethics, where she participates in seminars and reading groups. Louisa plans to obtain her Masters in Bioethics in 2016 and then attend medical school thereafter with the hope to pursue a career in Women’s Health.