Please find information below, regarding a forthcoming event being hosted by the Department of Social Science Health and Medicine, which focuses on questions of risk, safety, evidence, difference and discrimination arising in relation to national blood donation policies affecting ‘men who have sex with men.’
When: 12 June 2014, 9:30-17:30 (followed by drinks reception)
Where: King’s College London, Strand Campus: King’s Building, Room K4U.13
Countries around the world are re-assessing bans on gay blood donation that were introduced at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This symposium will feature an international panel of experts and stakeholders in order to examine current divergences in national regulations relating to MSM blood donors, and to develop an internationally comparative perspective on policymaking.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Dr Su Brailsford, NHS Blood and Transplant (UK)
- Dr Charlene Galarneau, Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College (US)
- Dr Mike Kesby & Dr Matthew Sothern, University of St Andrews
- Dr Jessica Martucci, Department of History, Mississippi State University (US)
- Sally McManus, Research Director, Health & Wellbeing, NatCen
- Dr Josianne Pillonel, Public Health Surveillance Institute (FR)
- Mark Skinner, Past President of the World Federation of Hemophilia (UK/US)
- Dr Mark Wainberg, Director of McGill University AIDS Center (CA)
- Christopher Ward, LGBT campaigner and activist
Directions to room K4U.13: from the main campus reception follow the corridor along to the lifts just past the Great Hall. Take the lift to the 4th floor. Turn right out of the lift and follow the corridor along until the first set of mezzanine stairs on the left. K4U.13 is at the top of the stairs on the right. It will all be signposted.
The event is free. To register please send an email to our events manager Lucy Brown: lucy.brownAT kcl.ac.uk.