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: Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable

29 June 2015

Registration is open for the 6th International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable.

11-12 August 2015

Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol

This two-day conference will be hosted at the University of Bristol, and is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust. The conference will continue a series of philosophy of medicine meetings and the keynote speakers are Rachel Cooper (Lancaster) and Trish Greenhalgh (Oxford).

For details or to register go here.

*Please note that the unwaged registration option will close on 30 June.*

Conference: Mind, Value and Mental Health

29 June 2015

25 July 2015, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

A one-day international conference delivered by renowned experts in the field through keynote lectures.

Willing Addicts? Drinkers, Dandies, Druggies and other Dionysians: Owen Flanagan (James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University, USA)

This talk will discuss the reasons some addicts choose addiction rather than “recovery”, whether addiction is always a disorder, and whether it is a physical, mental, or moral disorder.

Psychopathology and Self-relatedness: Conceptual Issues: Gerrit Glas (Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, VU University, Netherlands)

The view that psychiatry needs a clinical conception of psychopathology will be defended, alongside scientific conceptions. This clinical conception is both self-related and context-oriented. The talk will mainly concentrate on the self-relational aspects of psychopathology and will introduce the little known, but important notion of self-referentiality. Professor Glas will illustrate how thoughtful use of the concepts of self-relatedness and self-referentiality may help to understand and make sense of the layeredness of clinical manifestations of mental illness.

Premembering Perception: Anna Christina Nobre (Professor of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity and Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK)

What we perceive is continuously and proactively shaped by the memories of what we experienced in the past and by our current task goals. This talk will illustrate how we go about investigating these mechanisms in the human brain, and review some of our findings to date.

DSM-5: Stasis and Change: Rachel Cooper (Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK)

This talk examines the categories and diagnostic criteria for DSM-5, along with three key changes between DSM-5 and DSM-IV, finishing by trying to make sense of how it is that the conceptual framework of the D.S.M. can shift while the diagnostic criteria it contains remain fairly constant.

Further details and online booking:

Network: Medicine, markets and morals

23 June 2015

Beginning June 2015

Medicine, markets and morals (MMM) is a multi-disciplinary research network on health and social care prioritisation and funding, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), led by Dr Lucy Frith (Liverpool) and Professor Cam Donaldson (Glasgow Caledonian University).

The debate over health care funding in England is changing and the founding principles of the NHS (a free at the point of delivery, universal health service for all provided out of taxation) are being questioned. Health care funding is an issue that crosses disciplinary boundaries and this network will bring together philosophy, ethics and health care economics to explore this area.

Meetings will be held on:
15th – 16th October 2015 – Birmingham
11th – 12th February – 2016 – Glasgow
26th May – 2016 – London

Speakers will include: Professor Norman Daniels (Harvard), Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL), Professor Steven Birch (McMaster), Professor Keith Syrett (Cardiff), Professor Allyson Pollock (Queen Mary), Professor Antony Harris (Monash)
For further information or to book a place go here.

Meeting: Emerging epidemic infections and experimental medical treatments

18 June 2015

3-4 November 2015, Fondation Mérieux, France, 

Deadline for applications to attend:  Monday 29 June 2015

The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) is holding a two-day meeting on the theme of: “Emerging epidemic infections and experimental medical treatments.” This will be the first full GFBR meeting since 2008 and follows the re-launch of the Forum in June 2014 in Mexico.

Theme: Following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last year, renewed attention has been given to ethical issues that arise when research is undertaken during and after disease epidemics, particularly when these occur in low-and-middle-income countries. Outbreaks of MERS-coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the H5N1 avian influenza virus in recent years have all involved complex ethical challenges for the researchers involved in studying the diseases, healthcare workers on the ground, charities, governments, policy-makers and academics. The GFBR meeting will seek to identify and understand the valuable lessons to be learned for the global bioethics and research community in how to anticipate and address these issues in future outbreaks.

Who can attend the GFBR meeting? There will be a competitive selection process. Up to 80 participants will be selected from the eligible applicants who submit an application to attend by the deadline. We are seeking broad geographical representation, a mix of disciplinary expertise including researchers, clinicians, healthcare workers, bioethicists, policy-makers, health system functionaries, lawyers, and a combination of people who are early in their careers and leaders in their fields.

To submit an application to attend, please email the following information in Microsoft Word or PDF format, in English, to gfbr[at] by Monday 29 June 2015.

  • A short letter of intent not exceeding one page, outlining: Why you would like to participate in the GFBR meeting; And what you can contribute to the meeting. Please note we are looking for people who have an interest in or experience of working on emerging epidemic infections and experimental medical treatments.
  • Name, institution and contact information
  • Short CV (1-2 pages)
  • Contact information and email addresses of two references
  • Whether you require funding to cover travel and accommodation costs, or you are self-funding.
  • Please note that funding will be prioritised for applicants from low- and middle-income countries. Applicants from other countries are welcome to apply if they can self-fund their attendance.

Successful applicants from low-and middle-income countries who require full funding will receive an award to cover: return travel to the meeting (economy airfare and standard ground transportation costs); and accommodation (2 or 3 nights maximum, including meals). Participants will be expected to meet all other costs.

The GFBR Planning Committee will select successful candidates. The selection committee will consider the following factors:

  • Country of origin. We would like to ensure a representative distribution of participants from different regions;
  • Background/current area of expertise. We would like to seek representation from many different disciplines relating to the theme of the meeting;
  • Experience of ethical issues related to emerging epidemic infections and experimental medical treatments;
  • Reasons for attending the meeting. We hope to attract participants who will be able to actively contribute to the meeting.

Applicants will be informed of the decision by the planning committee by 24 July 2015.

Job: Research Assistant: Early intervention ethics in psychosis

16 June 2015

Deadline for applications is 12.00 midday on Monday 29th June.

University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry
Grade 6: £27,057 – £32,277 (discretionary range to £35,256) p.a.

Applications are invited for a research assistant to work on the Wellcome Trust-funded BeGOOD project (Becoming Good: Early Intervention and Moral Development in Child Psychiatry), which is held within the Neuroscience Ethics & Society Team, led by Professor Ilina Singh, in the Department of Psychiatry. The Early Intervention Ethics in Psychosis sub-study will investigate the social and ethical implications of participation in NHS England’s early intervention in psychosis programme, from the point of view of adolescents and their carers. The post is based in the Department of Psychiatry, in the Warneford Hospital and is funded for 12 months.

You will be involved finalising the study protocol, developing and managing the research ethics application process and managing recruitment of families into the study. You will oversee data collection (qualitative interviews and quantitative measures), will conduct qualitative interviews, and will be supported in data analysis, engaging team members as appropriate. You will also be expected to undertake relevant literature reviews and to understand the policy background of the early intervention in psychosis programme.

You will have a degree (2.1 or above) in psychology, bioethics or a related social science discipline along with knowledge and experience of delivering research projects in the area of bioethics, empirical ethics or social psychology, ideally in applied settings. You will be familiar with qualitative and quantitative approaches and data analysis, be able to create and manage databases and have excellent IT skills. Experience of conducting research with young people and/or in clinical settings would be an advantage.

Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure report from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

You will be required to upload a covering letter explaining how you meet the job requirements, as well as a CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

For further information or to apply go here.

Symposium: on sexual desire

16 June 2015

Saturday 18 July 2015, 10:30-17:00, Wellcome Trust, London

The go-ahead given in the US this week for flibanserina drug for female sexual dysfunction, raises some interesting questions about the nature of female sexuality and what properly constitutes a disorder in this context. For anyone interested in some background to these questions, Dr Katherine Angel at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary University, is doing some very interesting work in this area.

The Wellcome Trust is also running a one day symposium on the broad issue of sexual desire: From asexuality to sex addiction, there is a huge spectrum and variety in the experience of sexual desire. Whilst both historical ideas from medicine and psychology, and contemporary research shape our understanding, we are still hugely in the dark when it comes to this often constricted topic. This symposium will illuminate and question ideas from past and present in an effort to explore what is ‘normal’ and what is ‘right’ when it comes to sexual attraction.

Tickets are £15. For further details or to make a booking go here.

Job: Clinical Lecturer (teaching focused) Law and Ethics

15 June 2015

Manchester Medical School, University of Manchester

Closing date: 10th July, 2015

The Manchester Medical School is looking for 2 people to teach Ethics and Law across all 5 years of the MBChB programme. You will be employed for 1PA per week delivered flexibly across the academic year. You will have a medical degree and a clinical career with a postgraduate qualification in Ethics and Law and a passion for Ethics and Law as a sub-speciality. Candidates will also have experience of undergraduate teaching in primary or secondary care. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

For enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews please contact: Jacqueline Platt, Head of Manchester Medical School Admin, email: jackie.platt [at]

Further information is available here.


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