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.

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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.”


Lecture: Transplants: Saving Lives, Money and Misery

17 January 2014

Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London

Lent Lecture

Series theme: The Role of the Personal in Medical Ethics and Law

Transplants: Saving Lives, Money and Misery
by Graham Brushett, organ recipient and former lay member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee

Date: Thursday 30 January 2014

Time: 13.00 – 14.00

Location: Somerset House East Wing Room 1.18, King’s College London

All welcome, free of charge


TV: My New Hand on BBC1

22 February 2013

Tuesday 26 February, 10.35-11.35pm, BBC ONE, and available after broadcast via the iPlayer

From the programme’s website: “On Boxing Day night 2012 surgeons at Leeds Infirmary carried out Britain’s first hand transplant.

This film, made over two years, follows the story from the moment Professor Simon Kay and his team decided to go ahead to the moment the patient was able to move the transplanted hand.

During that time candidates came forward from all over the UK and beyond, including a hairdresser, an IT consultant, a former pub landlord, a DJ and a retired housewife – all of whom had lost the use of at least one of their hands.

But before they could go ahead the doctors had to be sure they were physically and psychologically prepared.

Some decided that the risks – including the potentially life-shortening drugs that would need to be taken for the rest of their life – weren’t worthwhile. Others decided that the misery of living without a hand outweighed everything else.

This thought provoking film is with them as they make their decisions – and with the surgeons as the patient who comes through the process is finally taken into the operating theatre.”


Radio: too old to donate?

26 July 2012

BBC Radio 4, 26 July 2012, 21.00-21.45, also available via the iPlayer or as a podcast

From the programme’s website:

Since losing her husband to a terminal illness, and watching his kidneys fail, Pamela has felt a burning desire to try to help someone else escape a similar fate.

A year after his death, she writes to her local hospital to ask if she can become an ‘altruistic’ donor, and donate one of her kidneys to a stranger. To her horror, she receives a letter back saying that she is ‘too old’. Undeterred, she approaches a transplant surgeon at another hospital, and he agrees to see her.

To the surgeon, Pamela appears fit and extremely determined. But for a potential donor, she’s also rather unusual – she’s eighty two years old.

Should Pamela be allowed to donate? What are the risks to her – both of the operation itself, and of being left with only one kidney? And, if the team allow her to donate, who should receive such an elderly organ?


Discussion: transplantation

8 June 2012

London Interdisciplinary Discussion Group

Transplantation: 25th June 2012  5-7pm, K3.11 Raked Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand.

At our next meeting we will be discussing transplantation. Our speakers will be Paul Craddock, Adam Ferner, Refik Gökmen and Helen Pynor. The work of all these speakers concerns transplantation in some way, and you can read more about Paul, Adam, Refik and Helen below. As usual, their presentations will be followed by an hour of general discussion.

All four speakers will be addressing the ways in which transplantation relates to our understanding of ‘life’. They have suggested that it may be helpful to think about the following in advance. No need to do anything in particular, just some ideas to get you thinking before coming along!

  • What sort of conceptual space allows for the possibility of bodily transplantation?
  • How do you understand transplantation?
  • In what ways do you think transplantation relates to transfusion?
  • How do you think modern transplantation shaped the boundaries of life and death?
  • How does transplantation affect the way we understand ownership of life?

Paul Craddock

Paul is a Ph.D. candidate currently writing on pre-20th century transplant surgery and transfusion at the London Consortium. After a brief time studying music and performing arts, living in rural China, and working for the National Health Service, Paul made the switch to cultural and medical history.  In this field, he has been invited to lecture around the UK, in Europe, and in the US.  He has never had a transplant and never received a transfusion – his interest in these procedures come from thinking about generally how we relate to the material world by making transactions that are at the same time bodily and financial.

Currently based in London, Paul is the Director of London Consortium Television, the audio-visual arm of the London Consortium. And in another professional life, he shoots and produces films for medical establishments and museum exhibitions.  He has films currently on exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts and the British Dental Association Museum.

Adam Ferner

Adam Ferner is currently doing his PhD at Birkbeck College. His research is focussed primarily on how philosophical biological concerns impact on the ‘personal identity debate’ as it stands in analytic metaphysics. He also works for the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and does editorial work for the journals Think and Philosophy, and regularly contributes to The Philosophers Magazine.

Refik Gökmen

Refik is a Clinical Lecturer in Renal Medicine at the MRC Centre for Transplantation based at the Guy’s Campus of King’s College London. He recently completed his PhD in Immunology in the same department, and now divides his time between ongoing laboratory-based research into basic immune mechanisms, and clinical work in nephrology and transplantation on the South Thames training programme in Renal Medicine.

He qualified in medicine from Cambridge and UCL, and has maintained an interest in the ethical and philosophical dimensions of both clinical practice and scientific research ever since his BA degree in the History & Philosophy of Science.

Helen Pynor

Artist Helen Pynor works at the intersection of art and the life sciences. Her research interests include the relationship between the materiality of the body and its status as a culturally constructed entity, and the notion of a ‘distributed’ consciousness that extends beyond the brain to the wider body. She has recently completed a major project with artist Peta Clancy, ‘The Body is a Big Place’, exploring organ transplantation and the capacity for bodies to travel spatially, temporally, and interpersonally.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Science, First Class Hons (Macquarie University), a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sydney College of the Arts) and a practice-based PhD (Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney). Helen has exhibited widely in Australia and Europe including at the current ‘Brains: The Mind as Matter’ exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London, where her work is the lead image for the exhibition.

Helen’s collaborator Peta Clancy has used photography and more recently video and new media to undertake an extended inquiry into art and the biomedical sciences. Peta is a lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

The event is open to the public.