Conference: Ethics of organ retrieval

15 December 2010 – Winter Transplantation Ethics Symposium

The ethics of organ retrieval: goals rights and responsibilities

Should the UK implement a system of ‘required referral’ for brainstem death testing and organ donation on the basis of clinical triggers? Are all techniques that aim to improve organ preservation and optimise donor organs legitimate?

The MRC Centre for Transplantation will be holding its second Winter Transplantation Ethics Symposium this year to discuss these key policy issues on Wednesday 15th December.

This symposium will bring together a unique mix of senior clinicians working in the field of organ donation and transplantation, academic lawyers, ethicists, policy makers and key stakeholders. It will provide an opportunity to:

  • Address key issues relating to the ethics of organ retrieval and the impact they continue to have on the delivery of clinical transplant services and transplant outcome;
  • Gather consensus views to develop potential public policy proposals;
  • Promote cross disciplinary collaboration.


09.15    Registration and Coffee
09.50    Welcome and Introduction  Dr Antonia Cronin


Clinical Goals and the Challenging Ethical Landscape – Ms Lisa Burnapp
10.00    Some kidneys are better than others  Mr Vassilios Papalois
10.20    DBD or DCD: which livers are acceptable?  Mr Simon Bramhall
10.40    Good hearts, less good lungs: who decides?  Prof John Dark
11.00    Harm and harmful omission  Dr Antonia Cronin (MA Medical Ethics and Law alumna)

11.20    COFFEE

Addressing Rights and Responsibilities – Mr Vassilios Papalois
11.40    End of life care, organ retrieval, and the law  Prof David Price
12.00    A model for required referral  Ms Fiona Murphy
12.20    Optimising donor potential  Dr Paul Murphy
12.40    Whose rights, what responsibilities?  Prof Bobbie Farsides (former MA Medical Ethics and Law tutor)

13.00    LUNCH


14.15    Clinical Case Based Workshop

15.30    TEA

16.00    Question Time: Panel Discussion – Mr Hugh Whittall

17.00    Close / Drinks Reception

The event will be held at Governors Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

To enquire about booking your place at this event, please email The event is free to attend for all KCL staff and students.


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