MSc in Mental Health, Ethics & Law

26 March 2015

A new postgraduate course launched at King’s.

This integrated MSc is for anyone concerned with mental health who wishes to study the clinical, ethical and legal thinking behind current law, policy and clinical practice. It has been designed for health professionals, lawyers, policy makers, and all those with a relevant first degree who are keen to consider the difficult questions raised by mental ill health and society’s response. Students will be able to study alongside others from a wide range of academic and professional disciplines at the heart of London’s legal and psychiatric world.

Deadline for applications is July 1st 2015.

Further details available here.

Conference: Genomics and genethics

17 April 2015

Aegina island, Greece, 10th-14th September 2015.

Applications close 22nd May, 2015.


‘Genomics and Genethics: current developments and controversies’

The 2015 COST Action IS1303 – CHIPME SUMMER SCHOOL is co-organised by members of the Action’s three Working Groups and which will take place in the picturesque Aegina island in Greece. The School will be an opportunity for postgraduate, postdoctoral or established researchers, as well as other suitably qualified individuals working in the relevant academic and non-academic fields, to avail of a mixture of cutting-edge lectures and interactive sessions in the following areas:

=> Translating genomic research to genomic medicine
=> Direct to consumer genetic testing: scientific, legal and ethical concerns
=> Incidental findings and informed consent
=> Genomics in developing countries
=> Genomics, markets and justice/inequality
=> Economics of genomic medicine and health technology assessment
=> Intellectual property in genomics
=> Policy-making, public engagement and genetic literacy

This School (organised by the COST Action IS1303) is open to individuals from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (incl. scientific, health care, sociological, philosophical, bioethical, economic, journalistic and other fields) as well as individuals from both academic and non-academic backgrounds.

For full details, funding opportunities, application procedure and deadlines, please go here.

Project: Ethical issues around genome editing techniques

17 April 2015

This year, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics is starting a new project exploring the ethical issues around genome editing techniques, such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system.

In our 2012 report on the prevention of mitochondrial DNA disorders, we recognised the need for a broader public discussion of the ethics of different kinds of germline therapies.

To help define the scope of the project, the Council will be holding a workshop on 22 April with invited participants from a range of backgrounds to flesh out the most important issues and identify the main questions the Council should address with regard to genome editing.

We’ve invited participants, and any others with an interest in the topic, to each to submit up to 300 words in response to the question: What are the most important challenges raised by genome editing that the Nuffield Council on Bioethics should address? The responses will be used as the basis for the discussion at the workshop.

Read our blog by Assistant Director, Peter Mills, on the moral implications of genome editing or download the background paper by Dr Ainsley Newson and Dr Anthony Wrigley, commissioned by the Council entitled Identifying key developments, issues and questions relating to techniques of genome editing with engineered nucleases

To register your interest in the project, whether to be actively involved or simply kept informed, please email

Lecture: What’s Wrong with Speciesism?

17 April 2015

June 11, 2015, Music Building, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Lecture 2015:

Professor Shelly Kagan (Yale) on What’s Wrong with Speciesism?

The lecture will be at 5 pm in the Music Building, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Doors open from 4.30pm). The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception for Society for Applied Philosophy members (6.30pm – 7.30pm).

Contact Email:

Event: Have professionalism and trust in the NHS been destroyed by regulation?​

11 April 2015

Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 18.30

Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London.

Join hosts Professor Stephen Challacombe (Guy’s, Dentistry, 1968) and Diana Garnham (War Studies, 1979) and a leading panel of experts for an evening of debate and discussion. The panel will discuss the effect of regulations on trust and professionalism within the NHS and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and review your stance on the subject.

The panel includes:

Professor Sir Cyril Chantler (Guy’s, Medicine, 1963) who has held many senior positions in medical organisations including NHS trusts, the General Medical Council and the King’s Fund. He is also a past Principal of UMDS.

Ms Joanna Glynn QC who has expertise in professional regulation relating to healthcare and worked with the Royal Society as a member of the Review Panel of Neuroscience and the Law, published in 2011.

Baroness Onora O’Neill, a philosopher focussing on the roles of trust and accountability in public life, a crossbench member of the House of Lords and Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE (St Thomas’, Medicine, 1978), Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the Care Quality Commission. He held many positions at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital before becoming the Government’s ‘Cancer Tsar’ from 1999-2012.

A reception will follow immediately after the event.

This event is free and open to all but you must book a place here.

Panel discussion: Direct to consumer genetic testing

11 April 2015

Thursday 23 April, 2015, 18:45

Lecture theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London

What would you like to know about yourself? Whether you’re susceptible to hearing loss? How you might respond to certain drugs? Whether you’re genetically wired to drink more caffeine? Until very recently, finding answers to these questions would have cost you thousands of pounds. These days, however, anyone can have their DNA sequenced for a little over £100.

Thanks to the rise in popularity of companies such as 23andMe, home genetic testing – banned in the US until just last month and now available in Britain – has become not only more affordable, but also more accessible. At the click of a button (submission of a small saliva sample and a six to eight week wait) you can have a wealth of information at your fingertips which could allow you to make informed decisions about how you live, potentially maximising the future of your health.

But just because we can, does it mean we should? How do we regulate these companies and the technology they are using? Just how accurate are these tests? And who exactly has access to our data?

Join a panel of experts including Dr Stuart Hogarth, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, Professor Christopher Shaw, Director, Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, and Professor Frances Flinter, Consultant in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, as they consider the many ethical dimensions of DIY genetic testing.

To book a place: email or call 020 7848 3053

International Summer School: Pluripotent Stem Cells

11 April 2015

September, 28th – October, 2nd, 2015 

Studienhaus Gut Schönwag near Munich, Germany.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10th May 2015

The Institute Technology • Theology • Natural Sciences (TTN) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich organizes an international scientific summer school, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, on the subject: “Pluripotent Stem Cells. Scientific practice of stem cell research: ethical, legal and social aspects and discourses”

Human stem cell research is one of the so-called “hope-, hype- and fear-technologies”. Shinya Yamanaka’s development of a technique to reprogram somatic cells to ‘induced pluripotent’ stem cells in 2006 relighted new and intense ethical and legal discussions to the established embryonic
stem cell debate. Especially the recourse to developmental biological totipotency as criterion for the evaluation of the ethical, legal and ontological status of stem cells is being challenged by new techniques to create possibly totipotent entities.

The aim of this summer school is to provide a context for international and multi-disciplinary dialogue in order to reconstruct the current debates and their background on stem cell research in Germany and Great Britain and to discuss foundations for a more consistent ethical evaluation and legal framing of the life sciences.

Comparing the cultural differences of the debates, the ethical evaluations, and the juridical frameworks in the two countries is productive as they are considered as counterparts: While in Great Britain a utilitarian, case-based tradition of ethical and political decision-making is supposed to have led to one of the most liberal regulations of embryonic stem cell research, the perseverative discussion of the status and the dignity of the embryo in Germany might have led to its strict but inconsistent regulation of research involving embryos. These attributions are to be scrutinized and a deeper understanding of the state of research and debate as well as their societal and cultural preconditions is to be developed by the investigation of the contrast.

The program includes talks of the participants and the speakers, moderated discussions, insights in the practice of stem cell research through the visit of a laboratory and the presentation of a research project as well as cultural evening events. Main subject areas will be:

  • State of the molecular biological debate
  • Epistemological and ethical status of stem cells
  • Philosophical and sociological reflections on life sciences research
  • Ethical, legal and social aspects of the stem cell debate in Great Britain and Germany
  • Recommendations for a European and International stem cell regulation


Prof. Dr. Peter Dabrock Systematic Theology (Ethics), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg; Member of the German Ethics Council
Prof. Dr. Christine Hauskeller Philosophy and Sociology, University of Exeter; Member of the Central Ethics Committee on stem cell research of the Robert-Koch-Institut
Prof. Dr. Jens Kersten Public Law and Administrative Law, LMU Munich; Chairman of the scientific advisory committee of the Institute TTN
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Winkler Molecular Neurology, University Clinic of Erlangen; Spokesperson of the Bavarian research association “Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells”

We invite up to 12 young researchers from all areas of the field to present and discuss their work within an interdisciplinary group of young scientists and a team of high profile experts from the different disciplines in the field. Applications should contain an abstract of about 500 words describing your paper, a CV and a list of publications. Application deadline: May 10th, 2015

Travel and accomodation expenses will be reimbursed. After the conference, participants are expected to submit their revised paper as a book chapter for which a honorarium of 300 Euro will be paid. We also offer a free child care during the summer school, please contact us in advance in case of interest.

For further information and submission of applications please contact Anja Pichl: Further information is also available here.

PhD Studentship: Applied ethics broadly construed

8 April 2015

Closing date for applications: Monday 13th April, 2015.
Interviews provisionally planned: w/c 11th May.

The Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre, at the University of Leeds, intends to offer a Studentship in Applied Ethics, broadly conceived, to a high quality candidate for its full-time or part-time PhD programme. The studentship is tenable from September/October 2015 and has both tuition and maintenance components.

Full details here.

Details of staff research interests here via IDEA centre website:


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