Bioethics & Society Student Conference June 12th, 2015 K2.40 Strand Campus 930-5 pm

When: June 12, 2015: 930 to 5 pm.

Where: K2.40, Strand Campus

The students of the MA in Bioethics & Society will be presenting their dissertation research projects on June 12th. Topics will range from ethical implication preimplantation genetic diagnosis for late onset disorders, to synthetic biology and biosecurity, to ethics of first-in clinical trials and Ebola vaccines, to questions of identity in patients on long-term life sustaining treatments, to developing a framework for participant-led genomics in developing countries, to concepts of recovery and authenticity in eating disorders, to ethics of climate change, to Buddhist-ethics approaches to pharmaceutical enhancement, just to mention some.

All are welcome to attend. Please let Dr Silvia Camporesi know if you plan to do so. 

Programme of the day

9:30-10:00 Arrival, Meet & Greet

10:00-10:10 Introductory Remarks (Dr Silvia Camporesi)

10:10-11:30 SESSION 1  – Chair: Aimee Bambury

10:10-10:30 Elizabeth Carlson, ‘Exploring the violation of one’s Moral Obligation to vaccinate their child in the American vaccination debate’.

10:30-10:50: Andrew Barnhart, ‘Buddhist Ethics and Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement’.

10:50-11:10:Hanna Gouta, ‘An ethical analysis on how humanitarian organisations work in conflict setting: the normative roles of Human Rights and Bioethics’

Coffee & Tea Break 11:10-11:30

11:30-12:30 SESSION 2  – Chair: Elizabeth Carlson

11:30-11:50: Richard Gibson, ‘Transableism and Cybernetics’.

11:50-12:20 Aimée Bambury and Shayda Kashef, ‘The Ethics of a Morality Pill and prospect of Moral Bioenhancement’.

12:20-12:40 Andrea Berkemeier, ‘Ethical Obligations in the mtDNA Debate’.

Lunch 12:40-13:30

13:30-14:20 Key Note Speaker: Professor Ilina Singh

 Comfort break 14:20-14:30

14:30-15:30 SESSION 3 – Chair: Shayda Kashef

14:30-14:50 Rose Mortimer, ‘Phenomenology, Recovery and Identity in Eating Disorders’

14:50-15:10: Richard Stephenovich Wordsworth, ‘The Ethics of a Bioterrorism Response’.

15:10-15:30: Maru Mormina: Exploitation in International Genomics Research

 Coffee & Tea Break 15:20-15:50

15:50-17:00 SESSION 4 –Chair tbc

 15:50-16:10:  Kim Fiske ‘The Moral Imperative to act on Climate Change”

16:10-16:30: Paolo Buscemi “A critique of the bioethical discourse surrounding preimplantation genetic diagnosis”

16:30-17:00 Discussion and concluding remarks (Dr Silvia Camporesi)


The conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy Teaching Innovation Fund.

For inquiries about the MA in Bioethics & Society please contact:

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