Bookings now open for ‘Sharpening the Edge of Bioethics in the UK’ – 2nd IME Research Conference

The conference is a one-day event, designed to give opportunities for academics, clinicians and students involved in biomedical ethics research to present the results of their research activities in analytical and empirical medical ethics.

When: Thursday 18 June 2015

Where: Newcastle University

Bookings are NOW open


• 09.30-10.00 – Registration, coffee and poster viewing

• 10.00-10.10 – Welcome (Dr Carwyn Hooper)

• 10.10-10.50 – First Key Note Speech (Prof Bobbie Farsides)

• 11.00-12.00 – 4 Parallel Sessions (4 x 20 minutes)

• 12.10-13.00 – Panel ‘Building Bioethics in the UK‘ (Mr Paul Woodgate, Ms Catherine Joynson, Dr Merryn Eckberg, Ms Emma Nottingham)

• 13.00-13.50 – Lunch and poster viewing

• 13.50-14.50 – 4 Parallel Sessions (4 x 20 minutes)

• 15.00-15.50 – Panel Discussion ‘Methods in Bioethics‘ (Dr Silvia Camporesi, Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Zoe Fritz, Dr Jonathan Ives)

• 15.50-16.10 – Coffee and poster viewing

• 16.10-16.50 – Second Key Note Speech (Prof Michael Parker)

• 16.50-17.00 – Conclusion (Dr Wing May Kong, IME Chair)

• 17.00-17.30 – IME AGM

• 17.30-18.00 – Drinks Reception

Parallel session detail

Each session will feature 4 x 20 minute presentations:

Session 1a (am session)

An NHS Funded Organ Market: A Solution to Multiple Objections; Dr Guy Schofield, Academic Clinical Fellow in Pallative Medicine, Imperial College London
Ethics, Donation and Uterus Transplantation; Dr Nicola Williams, Research Associate on the Wellcome Funded Project – Reproductive Donation, Lancaster University
With the forthcoming introduction of presumed consent in Wales in December 2015, is presumed consent the future for Organ Donation in England; Claudia Carr, Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

Session 1b (am session)
Babies, brains and badly-fitting cuffs: infant interests and the value of life; Dr Richard Hain, Consultant and Clinical Paediatric Palliative Care Children’s Hospital, Cardiff
The role of test cases in ethical dilemmas concerning children’s health; Emma Nottingham, University of Southampton
The moral significance of ‘trust’ as a reason to tell children that they were donor-conceived; Dr John Appleby, King’s College London

Session 1c (am session)
Mitochondrial research and therapy: sharpening the socio-ethical debates; Professor Erica Haimes and Dr Ken Taylor, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre, Newcastle University
What are the goals of parenthood, and what virtues serve these goals? Would a virtuous parent use mitochondrial transfer?; Rachel Warren, University of Manchester
Medicalising family “imbalance”: an ethical critique of sex-selection; Dr Arianne Shahvisi, Arianne Shahvisi, American University of Beirut

Session 1d (am session)
Ethical Implications of HIV Self Testing; Jonathan Youngs, St George’s Hospital
Sticking to principles: If principlism results in inconsistent moral reasoning, does casuistry offer a superior alternative?; Sam Meadows, The University of Sheffield
The Legitimacy Problem: Quangos and the Role of Bioethics in Governing Emerging Biotechnologies; Kyle Edwards, DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford

Session 2a (pm session)
Prenatal whole genome sequencing: testing the status quo; Zuzana Deans, Teaching Fellow, University of Bristol
Responsibility for health in an era of genome-wide sequencing; Dr Carwyn Hooper, Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law, St George’s, University of London
The moral significance of naturalness for the ethics of novel genetic and stem cell biotechnologies; Dr Jan Deckers, Bioethicist, Newcastle University

Session 2b (pm session)
Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Medical Ethics at UK Medical Schools; Lucy Michael, University of Leeds
Clinical Ethics Reasoning Through Simulation (CERTS); Gareth Lewis, Queen’s University Belfast
Conceptualizing ‘support for self-management’ for people with long term conditions: a capabilities approach can help illuminate value tensions; Prof Vikki Entwistle, Professor of Health Services Research and Ethics, University of Aberdeen

Session 2c (pm session)
What is the basis for the ethical difference between refusing treatment and demanding treatment?; Dr David Molyneux, General Practitioner and Ethics Tutor, Leeds University
Uncertainty at the end of life in the intensive care unit; Alexandra Wright, MSc by research student in medical ethics and law in the intensive care unit, Lancaster University
Clinical ethics committees’ acvide when deciding for critically ill infants: an answer to a problem or a problem to answer?; Giles Birchley, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Society and Ethics and PhD Student, University of Bristol

Session 2d (pm session)
Twitter and the Werther Effect: Does social media debate of assisted dying have the potential to harmfully influence disabled and terminally ill people?; Nathan Hodson, Intercalating BSc student, King’s College London
Concrete Blood? Ethics of generating publishable research data through participatory performance; Dr Lorraine Cowley, Principal Genetic Counsellor and Clinical Research Associate, International Centre for Life
Opening the mHealth box and finding it empty (or too full): methodological principles for bioethical analysis of mobile health; Federica Lucivero, King’s College London
Posters will be presented as follows:

Altruism and generosity in surrogate motherhood and live organ donation; Dr Liezl van Zyl, Senior Lecturer: Philosophy, University of Waikato

Consultants’ views on best form of ethics support in NHS Tayside; Dr Dita Wickins-Drazilova, Lecturer in Ethics and Global Health, University of Dundee

Supported decision-making: disability and legal capacity in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;Ziva Cotic, Research Assistant and PhD Student, Imperial College London

Minimally invasive autopsy: cultural views, public attitude, and practical aspects; Suzie Rayner, Imperial College London

How elder patients (> 65) perceive ‘active surveillance’ as an therapeutic option for prostate cancer; Aimee Bambury, MA Bioethics and Society, Kings College London

It should be forbidden bring a human being to existence?: notes about reproductive ethics and criminal law; Santiago Truccone, National University of Córdoba

A qualitative investigation on how the formal and informal curricula contribute to the ethical dimension of professional identity, as perceived by medical students; James Aluri, MA Bioethics and Society, King’s College London

Exploring the Violation of One’s Moral Obligation to Vaccinate Their Child in the American Vaccination Debate; Elizabeth Carlson,MA Bioethics and SocietyKing’s College London

Personhood in disorder of consciousness and its ethical implications; Kritika Maheshwari, Postgraduate student, University of Birmingham

Non-patient recruitment into research studies by genotype: A new ethical challenge or same-old process?; Frances Butcher, Honorary Research Fellow University of Bristol

IME Research Committee: Dr Carwyn Hooper (Chair), Rev Bryan Vernon, Dr Anna Smajdor, Dr. Zoe Fritz, Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Merryn Ekberg, Dr Silvia Camporesi and Ms Emma Nottingham.

Bookings are NOW open

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