Job: Research Fellow in Clinical Ethics

1 April 2011

Warwick Medical School, Institute of Clinical Education

Salary in the Range: £27,428-£35,789 pa
Fixed Term Contract for 2 years

The closing date/time for applications is midnight at the end of Wednesday 20 April 2011.

You will contribute to the Warwick Medical School research and development programme in clinical ethics which is being led by Dr Anne-Marie Slowther (Associate Clinical Professor in Clinical Ethics). The programme will include evaluation of clinical ethics support, research on ethical issues arising in health care practice, and development of educational resources in clinical ethics. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wishes to develop a career in academic clinical ethics.

You will have a PhD in ethics, philosophy, social sciences or other health related subject with experience of teaching and/or conducting empirical research in ethics. Excellent communication and organisation skills are essential as is the ability to work well as part of a team.

Further information is available here.

Lecture: Broadening bioethics – clinical ethics, public health and global health

31 March 2011

Thursday 19 May 2011 at 6.30-7.45 pm (registration/refreshments from 6.00 pm) followed by a drinks reception

Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam St, London WC2N 6EZ

Baroness Onora O’Neill CBE FBA
Department of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Baroness O’Neill will be giving the 2011 annual public lecture hosted by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, as a part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. Baroness O’Neill is an internationally acclaimed philosopher and was a founding member of the Council in 1991, which she later went on to chair in the mid-1990s.

Attendance is free but requires registration. For further information and to register go here.

Workshop: Everyday Ethics and Primary Healthcare – An Interdisciplinary Evening Workshop

13 March 2011

An event hosted by Kings College London Interdisciplinary Discussion Society (KIDS) and the KCL Healthcare and Society Centre (KHSC)

Wednesday 6th April 2011, 4pm-8/8.30pm
The Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London

4pm-5pm Posters and coffee
5pm: Introductions, Chair: Andrew Papanikitas, King’s College London
5.10pm: From Ethical Theory to Ethics Education – Hilary Engward, Anglia Ruskin University
5.40pm: Towards the flourishing General Practice – Dr Peter Toon, Queen Mary, University of London
6.10pm: Personalised medicine: implications for commissioningDr John Owens, King’s College London
6.40pm Panel Discussion
7.20pm Reception and posters
8.15pm Close

Call for abstracts: We have space for up to 8 A0 posters on the theme of the meeting. Please send abstracts of max 400 words to<> by March 16th 2011. We will prioritise posters based on relevance to the main theme. Priority will be given to postgraduate research but relevant work from undergraduates is welcome. We also welcome those not selected for display to bring their poster in the form of A4/A5 handouts to give to fellow delegates.

Registration: This event is open to anyone with a research, educational or professional interest in this field. Please note that we have a maximum capacity  of 70 for this venue. Please register by email if you wish to attend: <>. Attendance is free. No travel bursaries are available.

Conference: Bringing Regenerative Medicine to the Clinic

17 January 2011

Trials and Tribulations in Europe and Beyond Regenerative Medicine in Europe (REMEDiE) Closing Conference

April 18-19, 2011, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain

Deadline for abstracts: Feb 28, 2011
Deadline for registration: March 31, 2011

Papers are invited relating to the following themes:
The bioethics of stem cells
Regulation and governance within the regenerative medicine field
Stem cell banking in national and international contexts
Clinical trialing in regenerative medicine
Corporate investment and the current and future pattern of RM products
Laboratory to clinic – translational medicine in practice

Invited speakers include:
Itziar Alkorta (University of the Basque Country)
Christopher Bravery, UK (tbc)
Michael Whitaker, Stem Cell Institute, UK
Carlos Romeo Casabona (University of the Basque Country) (tbc)
Herbert Gottweis (University of Vienna)
Maria Pascual, (Cellerix, Spain) (tbc)
Bran Salter, (Kings College London)
Anna Veiga (Spanish Stem Cell Bank) (tbc)
Catherine Waldby (University of Sydney)
Andrew Webster (University of York)

The conference will be of interest to academics from social science and bioethical communities, legislators and policy-makers in Europe, members of the European Commission especially DG Sanco, bioscientists and clinicians in the field, , civil society organisations, international patient associations, and corporate decision-makers. As we are meeting in Bilbao, we hope especially to welcome social scientists and bioscientists/clinicians from Spain who are working in this area. Postgraduate researchers are especially welcome.

There is no registration fee.
To register for the conference please use the online facility here.

To offer a paper, please send your abstract (250 words max) to Professor Andrew Webster, University of York by email at:

Conference/workshop: The role of ethicists in a multi-professional context

10 November 2010

Bristol, 14th and 15th January 2011

Registration for the third and final part of the AHRC funded conference series “The Role of Moral Theory in Health Care Ethics” has officially opened. There is no charge for registration, but there are a limited number of places, which will be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis. You find further information on the project’s website as well as a copy of the registration form.

This workshop will focus on different contexts of ethical investigation, which might call on expertise in moral theory. The demand for ethical expertise might vary in degree as well as in form. For instance, task forces, driven by political and legal requirements of regulation, might only demand some knowledge about the ethical problems of the practices dealt with, not necessarily knowledge of how to possibly solve these. Similarly, in some contexts it might be enough, to simply describe the differences between various ethical stances and leave it to the democratic sovereign to decide.

Another topic of this workshop is the role of ethicists within different contexts. For instance, experts may help to understand the moral values that are guiding decision-making in a multi-professional context and to find shared horizons that could unify the moral views of practitioners and other stakeholders. It should also be noted that at least in some organisations policies with moral implications have to be set by someone. These decision makers may not be philosopher kings but they will have similar power. Hence it is important to critically reflect on their role.

The workshop will be informed by findings of the first two events. It will bring together scholars and ethicists who have served on ethics committees or other institutions which involve discussion about ethical issues. The meeting will aim at a clearer understanding of the need for moral theory in several multi-professional contexts. In will also, if only indirectly, shed light on what moral theory can actually achieve and possibly contribute to solving moral problems.

If you with to attend please complete the registration form here. Delegates will be able to register from 10:30 am on 14th January 2011, with formal introductions beginning at 11am. The conference will close at 12pm on Saturday 15th January, with lunch available afterwards.

Confirmed Speakers:

Ruth Chadwick
Donna Dickenson
Laurens Landeweerd
Mike McNamee
John Saunders
George Thomas

Conference: Ethics of organ retrieval

4 November 2010

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.

Call for Papers: The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

10 August 2010

The past few years have seen a resurgence of interest in the philosophy of medicine and health care.  Controversies about evidence, value, clinical knowledge, judgment, integrity and ethics have required practitioners and policy-makers confront the epistemic and moral basis of practice, while philosophers have found in these debates ways to invigorate and reframe the investigation of long-standing philosophical problems, about the nature of reasoning, science, knowledge and practice, and the relationships between epistemology and ethics, morals and politics.

The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice is an international journal that focuses on the evaluation and development of clinical practice in medicine, nursing and the allied health professions.  It has a large and diverse readership including practitioners and academics from a vast range of areas, and a tradition of publishing papers raising epistemological, metaphysical and ethical issues underlying clinical policy and practice.  April 2010 saw the publication of the first thematic issue of the journal devoted entirely to philosophical issues.  We are seeking contributions to a second issue dedicated to philosophical issues in medicine, scheduled for publication in autumn 2011.  Papers are particularly welcome on the following themes:

1) the role of virtue in clinical practice (possible topics including: is health care a business or a profession?; virtue theory and an account of moral motivation in health care; virtue and financial incentives for performance; virtue-based practice: an option to improve pay for performance?; virtue theory and evidence based medicine; virtue theory and person-centred medicine; the virtuous practitioner, patient and health care relationship); and

2) the nature of progress in medicine (e.g. is medicine progressing?; what measures would we use to assess progress?; is progress always good?; how does research contribute to progress in medicine?).

However, we also welcome papers that do not fit neatly into one of these themes, but represent excellent examples of the application of philosophy to questions of substantive import in medicine and healthcare.

The deadline for submission of manuscripts is 1st March 2011.  Original papers are usually no more than 5000 words in length, and detailed author guidelines are available here. Those interested in submitting a paper are also encouraged to contact Michael Loughlin at .