Conference: Abortion, Disability and the Law

10 February 2017

Registration is now open for the Anscombe [Christian] Bioethics Centre upcoming day conference, ‘Abortion, Disability and the Law’, on Saturday, 18 February 2017, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, in the aula of Blackfriars Hall (St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LY). The conference will examine the ethical, legal, social and psychological issues raised by abortion or childbirth following a diagnosis of foetal anomaly.

Speakers:

John Finnis
Helen Watt
Caroline Simons

Patricia Casey
John Wyatt
Heidi Crowter

Cost: £20 (£10 conc.) including lunch


Research fellowships: Fondation Brocher, Geneva

10 February 2017

The Brocher Foundation is located on the shores of the Geneva Lake, in Hermance (Geneva -Switzerland).

The Brocher Foundation residencies last between one and four months. They give researchers the opportunity to work at the Brocher Centre on projects on the ethical, legal and social implications for humankind of recent medical research and new technologies. 

Every month a dozen of visiting researchers live and concentrate on their research project at the Foundation.

The location allows researchers to link up with, and benefit from, the extensive network and knowledge of local experts from the international governmental and non-governmental organisations having their headquarters in Geneva.

Our call for residencies is closing on the 18th of February.

The Brocher Foundation offers visiting researchers the opportunity to come at the Brocher Centre in a peaceful park on the shores of Lake Geneva, to write a book, articles, an essay or a PhD thesis. The visiting positions are an occasion to meet other researchers from different disciplines and countries as well as experts from numerous International Organizations & Non Governmental Organizations based in Geneva, such as WHO, WTO, WIPO, UNHCR, ILO, WMA, ICRC, and others.

They give researchers (PhD students to Professors) the opportunity to work at the Brocher Centre on projects on the ethical, legal and social implications for humankind of recent medical research and new technologies.  Researchers can also apply with one or two other researchers to work on a collaborative project.

“Junior” visiting researchers can apply for an additional scholarship in order to cover their travel and local expenses in Geneva. To be eligible to this “Additional scholarship for Junior researchers”, the applicant should be a PhD student or should have obtained his PhD degree within a maximum of five years and should not perceive any other income during the time spent at the Foundation.

Applications from low and middle income countries are highly encouraged.

Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of recent medical research and new medical technologies :

Bioethics, Medical Anthropology, Health Economics, Health Policy, Health Law, Philosophy of Medicine and Health, Medical Humanities, Social Science Perspectives on Health, Medical Ethics, History of medicine. Equitable access to medical care, Biobanks, Biosecurity and Dual Use Dilemmas, Clinical Trials and Research on Human Subjects, Genetic testing and screening, Health Care Reform, Nanotechnology, Neglected diseases, Pandemic planning, Reproductive technology, Stem Cells and Cell Therapy, Organ transplantation, Telemedicine, Neurosciences, Synthetic Biology.

Must be submitted before 18/02/2017 midnight GMT.


Postgraduate study: The Fordham/Santander Universities International Scholarship in Ethics Education

24 January 2017
Application period now open for scholarships for Intensive 3-day Interdisciplinary Ethics Graduate Course

May 23 – 25, 2017 at Fordham University, New York City, USA

The Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics is a 3-day course that provides graduate students with cross-disciplinary learning experiences that integrate moral foundations in the humanities and sciences with their application to contemporary social issues.

This scholarship provides international students with funding for tuition, travel and lodging (for one week) for sessions and advising on our New York campus.

Applications must be received by March 15, 2017.

In addition to our May 2017 workshop, students may apply for scholarships to enroll in our master’s level Ethics and Society Program courses during the fall 2017 (September – December) or spring 2018 (January – May) semesters.

This scholarship is made possible through a generous gift from Santander Universities’ global division, a major social–responsibility initiative created by Banco Santander to advance the bank’s goal of expanding global education.

For questions about your application contact Ethics Center Academic Programs Director Dr. Bryan Pilkington bpilkington [at] fordham.edu


PhD: ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ at the University of Sheffield – Philosophy

19 January 2017

‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ is a collaborative research project in applied epistemology and ethics between the University of Gröningen, the University of Sheffield and CUNY Graduate Center, sponsored by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) led by Profs Boudewijn de Bruin (Gröningen) and Miranda Fricker (CUNY Graduate Center/Sheffield).

This PhD studentship commences on 1 September 2017. The successful candidate will spend three years pursuing research for the Sheffield PhD in Philosophy, and they will be expected to visit Gröningen during their second year. They may also visit CUNY Graduate Center in New York, though there is not at present any extra funding for those purposes. After completion of the Sheffield PhD at the end of Year Three, they will spend Year Four in Gröningen pursuing research leading to a second PhD in Philosophy or in Economics from the University of Gröningen.

Supervision will be shared between Profs de Bruin and Fricker, with further supervisory support given by colleagues at Sheffield. Details of the overall project available on request from mfricker [at] gc.cuny.edu

Requirements

The studentship is open to students of any nationality. Normally, candidates should have completed a minimum of two years’ full-time undergraduate study in Philosophy, and have gained a good 2.1 BA Honours Degree (67%) or equivalent (US GPA 3.6). Candidates should have completed a Master’s course (or equivalent) in Philosophy, with a substantial research component, achieving a grade equivalent to 67%. It is desirable that candidates also have some knowledge of Finance or Medicine.

Please see www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang for English Language requirements.

Application Process

Candidates should submit an application for the Sheffield PhD via www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy/prospectivepostgraduates/applying

using the heading ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’.

Applying for a studentship in this project does not preclude applicants from applying for other sources of funding for their PhD.

In their online research proposal (900-1000 words), candidates should make clear how their background and interests make them a suitable candidate for the Towards Professional Epistemic Justice project, and explain the specific lines of enquiry they would wish to pursue within the framework of the project and the branch of it (epistemic justice and finance/ medicine) in which they wish to situate their thesis. Candidates may propose any project they see as broadly fitting these themes. Topics covered might include the structure of virtue and/or vice, virtues of epistemic justice, individual and collective or institutional virtues and vices, procedural remedies for biased outcomes, overcoming implicit bias, self-trust, self-fulfilling testimonial injustice, recognition theory, broader issues of justice and injustice in medicine and/or finance etc.

Candidates must also send an email message to Professor Fricker, mfricker [at] gc.cuny.edu notifying her that an application has been submitted and giving her the application number using ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’ in the subject line.

Interviews (probably by Skype or FaceTime) will be held in March 2017.

For further information, please contact Prof Miranda Fricker (mfricker [at] gc.cuny.edu) and/or Prof Boudewijn de Bruin (b.p.de.bruin [at] rug.nl).

Funding Details

The studentship is funded from 1/9/2107 to 31/7/2021 directly by the University of Gröningen. It pays €28,498 (Year 1), €33,201 (Year 2), €34,778 (Year 3) and €31,245 (Year 4 until 31/7/2021) and are subject to Dutch tax law. These funds are to pay course fees at Sheffield and to provide maintenance.

Location of PhD

University of Sheffield (3 years)

University of Groningen (1 year)


Conference: Health Law and the UK: Where Now After Brexit?

6 December 2016
Thursday 4th May 2017
Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham

As policy  makers and lawyers grapple with the aftermath of the EU Referendum this conference explores the  implications and  challenges of Brexit for UK Health Law.  Papers will include ‘Brexit: an opportunity to rationalise bioethics governance in the U.K.?; the impact of Brexit for  public health law; “Clinical Trials in the UK: Where Now After Brexit”;  the implications of Brexit for reproductive choice; “Open for Business – Risks to Public Health from International Commerce After Brexit”; “Research Regulation: A leap in the Dark”; privacy health and data protection post Brexit; and “Pharmaceutical regulation: another fine mess they’ve got us into”.

Speakers include:

Professor Emma Cave, Durham Law School

Professor John Coggon, Bristol Law School

Dr Mairead Enright, Birmingham Law School

Professor Graeme Laurie, University of Edinburgh

Dr Samantha Halliday, Leeds Law School

Professor Tamara Hervey, Sheffield Law Schools

Dr Mark Flear, Queens University Belfast Law School

Professor Jean McHale, Centre for Health Law Science and Policy, Birmingham Law School

Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Faculty of Laws UCL

Professor Chris Newdick,  School of Law, University of Reading

Professor Keith Syrett, Cardiff Law School

Dr Mark Taylor, Sheffield Law School

Registration is now open. The full programme is available here.

For further information contact Jean McHale – j.v.mchale [at] bham.ac.uk


Conference: RETHINKING THE ETHICS OF EMBRYO RESEARCH: GENOME EDITING, 14 DAYS AND BEYOND

22 November 2016

Progress Educational Trust public conference

Wednesday 7 December 2016, 9.30am5pm

Speakers include PROFESSOR MAGDALENA ZERNICKA-GOETZ from the University of Cambridge (leader of recent research in which human embryos were cultured in vitro for 13 days, the longest time ever achieved), DR KATHY NIAKAN from the Francis Crick Institute (the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to use genome editing in human embryo research), and LORD GEORGE CAREY from the House of Lords (former Archbishop of Canterbury).

There will also be Keynote Addresses by BARONESS MARY WARNOCK (who originally proposed the 14-day limit on human embryo research, and whose Warnock Report is arguably the world’s most influential analysis of the ethics of assisted reproduction and embryo research) and PROFESSOR SIR IAN WILMUT (creator of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal ever cloned from an adult cell).

Other confirmed speakers and chairs include:

DR SIMON FISHEL (Founder and President of CARE Fertility, and one of the first researchers to demonstrate that embryos are capable of responding to their environment)

PROFESSOR BRUCE WHITELAW (Deputy Director of the Roslin Institute, and pioneer in research involving transgenic and genome-edited animals)

SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

PROFESSOR ALISON MURDOCH (Former Director of the Newcastle Fertility Centre, and leader of the first research in which an early embryo was created from a human nuclear transfer procedure)

PROFESSOR DAVID JONES (Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre)

PROFESSOR SARAH FRANKLIN (Director of the University of Cambridge‘s Reproductive Sociology Research Group)

PROFESSOR STEPHEN WILKINSON (bioethicist and author of the book Choosing Tomorrow’s Children: The Ethics Of Selective Reproduction)

DR ROGER HIGHFIELD (Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group)

FIONA FOX (Chair of the Progress Educational Trust and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)

SARAH NORCROSS (Director of the Progress Educational Trust)

Conference sessions include:

• ‘THE WARNOCK REPORT AND THE 14 DAY RULE

• ‘THE 14 DAY RULE: CALLING TIME ON EMBRYO RESEARCH

• ‘GENOME EDITING: CRISPR AT THE CUTTING EDGE

• ‘WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE EMBRYO?


Theatre: Genesis – the ethics of genetic testing for disease pre-disposition

30 October 2016

11th – 12th November The Lowry

15th – 19th November Soho Theatre

22nd November Beggar’s Theatre Cumbria

23rd November Preston Continental

24th November Cast Doncaster

Rachel is a leading geneticist. A predictor, a planner, a rationalist.

She identifies gene mutations that increase the risk of developing breast cancer – allowing action to be taken before the disease has even had chance to develop. Whether it is surgery or a course of drugs, it is all about prevention.

But on discovering that she and her daughter might be carrying a gene mutation themselves, Rachel starts to wonder if predicting illness through science throws up more questions than it can answer.

When science offers you the chance to look into the future of your own health, or your family’s, would you always want to know?

Developed in collaboration with Manchester-based charity Prevent Breast Cancer, this daring new play by acclaimed playwright Frazer Flintham explores their pioneering research and the complex human dilemmas around preventative medicine.

Ticket details available from the company’s website.