Conference: Boundaries, Bodies, Borders: The Global Exchange of Human Body Parts

27 March 2017

5th May 2017, University of Leeds

10.00-16.30, Social Sciences Building, room 12.21-12.25

Call for abstracts

The global movement of donated human body parts (e.g., blood, embryos, organs, sperm, oocytes) have gained increasing academic attention. A large part of these accounts express concerns regarding unequal power relationships between countries and between the parties engaged in medically related relationships (recipients, medical staff and medical facilities, providers of organs, tissues or cells etc.).

We wish to invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to explore the processes of meaning making in relation to body parts exchanges, and think about the following questions:

•      how do understandings of various technical procedures, bodies and body parts, and relationships (such as exchange relationships) emerge?

•      who does participate in framing them?

•      how do these understandings direct the flows of body parts across borders?

We welcome contributions that analyse how different actors delineate the boundaries between science, ethics, law and other types of authority as part of their valuation performance, and how they manage uncertainty and risk in the process.

Abstract submission

Please send abstracts (150-250 words) to A Gruian, ssag [at] leeds.ac.uk, by 3rd April 2017

Speakers

The event will be chaired by Dr Ana Manzano (University of Leeds). Speakers:

• Prof Ruth Holliday (University of Leeds).Medical Mobilities: Economies and Ethics

• Dr Sean Columb (Liverpool Law School). Organ markets & exploitation: Assessing the impact of crime and immigration controls in the Egyptian-Sudanese context

• Dr Mark Monaghan (Loughborough University). Conceptualising Crime, Evidence, and Immorality

• Dr Greg Moorlock (University of Warwick). Beauty Contests & Directed Altruistic Donation

• Alexandra Gruian (University of Leeds). Ova Flows in Romania: Definitions, Legitimacy, Legality

Registration fees

• BSA members: £10                 Non-members: £25

• We offer 5 bursaries for postgraduate students. Fee includes lunch and refreshments

• Register here.


Job: Post-doctoral fellowship in transplantation

22 March 2017

Post-doctoral fellow 100%
Institute of Nursing Science, Department Public Health,
University of Basel, Switzerland
Spring 2017 (or as per agreement) –2021

The Institute of Nursing Science (INS) of the Department Public Health at the University of Basel invites applications for a position of a post-doctoral fellow to join the Building Research Initiative Group: Chronic Illness Management and Adherence in Transplantation (BRIGHT) Research Group and the Psychosocial Interest research Group (PSIG) of the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study (STCS). The BRIGHT study is an externally funded international research project studying behavioral and health system outcomes in solid organ transplantation. The STCS is funded through the Swiss National Science Foundation and is a national cohort study including a comprehensive dataset of biomedical, psychosocial, behavioral and genetic data from pre-transplant to up to 9 years post-transplant. The successful candidate will be part of the interdisciplinary international research group analyzing the data of these 2 studies as well as participate in the preparation and execution of planned intervention studies.

Your tasks
The successful candidate is expected to:
– Participate in the analysis and dissemination of the BRIGHT and STCS data.
– Develop your own research projects using existing BRIGHT & STCS data.
– Participate in the planning and execution of intervention studies.
– Acquire external research funding.
– Participate in teaching in the Master in Nursing Science and PhD Health Sciences curriculum.

Your profile
– PhD in Nursing Science, Public Health, Medicine, Health Economics or another field of the health sciences.
– Experience in the field of transplantation and behavioral/psychosocial science is desirable.
– Sound knowledge of basic office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint) programs.
– Sound methodological and statistical skills and knowledge of statistical analysis software such as R, SAS or SPSS.
– Proficiency of German or willingness to learn German in a short term.
– Excellent oral and written English skills.
– Outcome oriented, a good team player, able to meet deadlines and be stress resistant.

Our offer
The successful candidate will:
– benefit from being part of an international interdisciplinary research group and work closely with leading researchers in the field of transplantation.
– benefit from the well-established INS research infrastructure as well as from the infrastructure of the University of Basel.
– have the opportunity to develop own research projects and get support in view of statistical, behavioral science and intervention research methodologies.
– work in the heart of Basel.
– receive compensation in accordance with the University of Basel wage scales for post-doctoral students.

Further inquiries and application
More information on this application can be received from Professor Dr Sabina De Geest (PI BRIGHT study & chair PSIG of the STCS) sabina.degees [at] unibas.ch.
Please send your application in a single electronic document by March 31 2017 to bewerbung-nursing [at] unibas.ch. Your application must include a letter of interest (max. 700 words), curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (max. 200 words) and details of three referees.


Conference: The British Transplantation Society Living Donor Forum and Winter Ethics Symposium 2016

11 November 2016

November 24 at 9:30 AM – November 25 at 5:00 PM

The BTS is delighted to announce the dates of two of the Society’s established annual meetings. Both events will take place at Mary Ward House, London on consecutive days so that delegates can choose to attend for one or both days, depending upon their areas of interest.

Winter Ethics Symposium 24 November

ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION RESEARCH DESIGN: PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND PATIENTS RIGHTS

“This year our focus is organ donation and transplantation research design. The symposium will draw on NHS Blood and Transplant’s published strategic research and development plan and the work of the National Institute for Health Research advisory group INVOLVE which was established in 1996 to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.

The programme brings together professional expertise and personal experience in the field of public involvement in research. It will provide insight into how organ donation and transplantation research is identified, prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated and explore the ethical challenges facing everyone participating in research for patient benefit.”

09.30 Registration and Coffee

09.50 Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: RESEARCH, RETENTION and RIGHTS Chair: Antonia Cronin

10.00 An interview with David and Hazel Thewlis

10.40 Debate: This house believes there is not enough patient/public involvement in organ donation and transplantation research design

10.45 PRO Hugh Whittall

11.00 CON Brian Davidson

11.30 COFFEE

Session 2: KEY NOTE LECTURES Chair: Anne-Marie Slowther

12.00 Patient and Public Involvement in Research Design Simon Denegri

12.30 NHSBT Research and Development strategy Nick Watkins

13.00 LUNCH Session 3: ETHICAL ISSUES IN RESEARCH DESIGN Chair: Anya Adair

14.00 Case 1: Deceased donor abdominal transplantation research Peter Friend

14.30 Case 2: Deceased donor cardio-thoracic transplantation research Stephen Large

15.00 Case 2: Cell Therapy John Casey

15.30 Debate revisited

16.00 Close

There is a reduced rate of £35 for students.

Living Donor Forum 25 November

“This year’s living kidney donor forum theme is “Diversity and Complexity in Living Donor transplantation”. There will be interactive sessions to explore attitudes towards and experiences of the living kidney sharing schemes, highlighting complex scenarios to help shape future practice, and also multidisciplinary case-based discussions around donors who may be deemed higher risk, looking at current evidence to help inform decision making.

The living liver donor forum will address technical considerations for the donor and recipient, drawing on lessons learnt from the Eastern experience. This will be followed by the ever-popular interactive case discussions and finally we have guest speakers to discuss ethical dilemmas and to offer an Eastern solution to the lack of progress in living donor liver transplantation.

There will be active participation for delegates at both events with interactive sessions, keypad voting and debates.”


Call for abstracts: Organ Transplantation in Times of Donor Shortage, Interdisciplinary Discussion of Challenges and Solutions

14 October 2012

International Bioethics Workshop for Young Scholars

February 25 – March 2, 2012
Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) Munich, Germany

This one-week international bioethics workshop will focus on the problem of donor shortage in solid organ transplantation and discuss ethical, legal and social issues associated with it. Topics that will be addressed include brain death, promoting post-mortem organ donation, donation after cardiac death, living donation and xenotransplantation.

Fifteen young scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. medicine, philosophy, psychology, law, nursing science, health economics, social sciences etc.) from Europe and overseas will be competitively selected to present short papers and engage in intense peer discussions. In addition, international experts will be present to stimulate reflection, and methodological workshops will be conducted to promote skills, such as writing research proposals or translating scientific results to the public.

Participants will be reimbursed the costs for travel and accommodation and receive an additional € 300 for preparing a manuscript that will be published in an anthology or special journal issue edited by the organizers. Workshop subject to final acceptance of the funding organization.

Invited experts include:

  • Thomas Breidenbach (Munich)
  • Per Frithjof Pfeffer (Oslo)
  • Beatrice Dominguez-Gil (Madrid)
  • Bruno Meiser (Munich)
  • Thomas Mone (Los Angeles)
  • Axel Rahmel (Leiden)
  • Julian Nida-Rümelin (Munich)
  • Bruno Reichart (Munich)
  • Ralf Stoecker (Potsdam)

Deadline for Abstracts: October 31, 2012

Please send your application including an abstract (max. 400 words), your curriculum vitae and a publication list to: ralf.jox[at]med.lmu.de.

Young scholars: graduate/PhD students, post-docs, junior professors

Chairs:
Georg Marckmann, MD, MPH
Ralf J. Jox, MD, PhD
Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine
LMU Munich, Germany

Contact:
Ralf J. Jox, MD, PhD
Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, LMU Munich
Nussbaumstrasse 5, D-80336 Munich
Tel +49 89 5160 2620, Fax: +49 89 5160 2712
ralf.jox[at]med.lmu.de
www.en.egt.med.uni-muenchen.de


Surgeon accused of hastening death to obtain organs

3 March 2008

Margaret Haglund, the Mt Sinai medical student who was visiting us last month, has sent a link to a NY Times article about a surgeon accused of hastening a patient’s death to obtain organs. See here for further details.