Registration now open and full programme out for IME Conference June 18th

Registration is now open for the 2016 Institute of Medical Ethics  Conference:

When: Saturday June 18th, 2016

Where: The conference will take place at Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE


The primary aim of this conference is to enable academics and students to present the results of their research activities in analytical and empirical medical ethics.

09.30 – 10.00 – Registration & Coffee [& Posters]

10.00 – 10.10 – Welcome (Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper, Chair, IME Research Committee)

10.10 – 10.55 – 1st Key Note Speech: Ilina Singh, Professor of Neuroscience, Ethics & Society, University of Oxford

11.05 – 12.20 – 3 Parallel Sessions [4 x 15 minutes] (Please select session when booking)

12.30 – 13.30 – Panel “Building Bioethics in the UK” : Tom Douglas (Associate Editor, Journal of Medical Ethics), Ms Sarah Norcross (Director, Progress Educational Trust), Dr Bettina Schmietow (Research Officer, Nuffield Council on Bioethics)

13.30 – 14.30 – Lunch [& Posters]

14.30 – 15.45 – 3 Parallel Sessions [4 x 15 minutes] (Please select session when booking)

15.45 – 16.15 – Coffee [& Posters]

16.15 – 17.00 – 2nd Key Note Speech “Time in Bioethics“: Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics, Queen Mary University of London

17.00 – 17.10 – Conclusion (Dr Wing May Kong, IME Chair)

17.10 – 18.00 – Drinks Reception

18.00 – 19.00 – IME AGM

Parallel session detail

Each session will feature 4 x 15 minute presentations:

Session 1a (am session)

Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: A Habermasian Perspective; César Palacios-González, Centre of Medical Law & Ethics at Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

An assessment of the ‘Appeal to Eugenics’ argument in the Mitochondrial DNA Replacement Therapy debate; Giulia Cavaliere, Social Science Health & Medicine, King’s College London

A call for Bioethics’ creative engagement with the CRISPR genome editing debate; Dr Silvia Camporesi, Social Science Health & Medicine, King’s College London

Justice and solidarity in international genomic research: mutually exclusive or complementary approaches?; Maru Mormina, University of Winchester and King’s College London

Session 1b (am session)

Evaluating Clinician Identified Ethical Challenges in Palliative Care in Uganda: Comparisons with the United Kingdom; Guy Schofield, Imperial College London

Ethical Decision-Making around Serious Self-Harm by Professionals in a Forensic Adolescent Mental Health Unit; Harleen Johal, University of Southampton

Beneficial Coercion in Psychiatric Care – What Can we Learn from African Ethico-Cultural System?; Cornelius Ewuoso, PhD Student, Stellenbosch University, Cape-Town

Psychiatric Euthanasia, Uncertainty and Precautionary Principle; Lovro Savić, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Session 1c (am session)

The Failure of Oregon Senate Bill 442: The Power Structure of the American Anti-vaccination Movement and its Influence on State Vaccine Legislation; Rachel Siden,Social Science Health & Medicine, King’s College London 

Turning the tide: the ethics of coercive pro-vaccination policies; Frej Klem Thomsen, Roskilde University, Denmark

Should healthcare policy-makers relax their normal criteria in the case of rare diseases, when deciding whether to licence and fund treatments for them?; Sean Sinclair, University of Leeds IDEA CETL (Ethics Centre)

What is the normative basis for Public & Patient Involvement (PPI) policies in health research?; Stuart Oultram, University of Liverpool

Session 2a (pm session)

Non-invasive Prenatal Testing in China and the UK – A comparative ethics and policy analysis; Xiaofan Zeng, BGI-Shenzhen, China

The implications of the duty of candour policy for Medical Ethics Education: an interview study; George Fowler, University of Sheffield

Self-perceived burden to others. Towards an ethics of dependency in end-of-life care relationships; Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Institute for History of Medicine and Science Studies, University of Lübeck, Germany

Seeing Ethics: An Overlooked, but Critical Part of Students Experiences with Ethics in the Context of Medical Practice; James Aluri, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore

Session 2b (pm session)

Revolutionizing Informed Consent Law:  Empowering Patients with Certified Decision Aids; Thaddeus Pope, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Does the Welsh organ transplantation opt-out policy create a free-riding problem in the UK?; Carwyn Hooper, St George’s, University of London

Characterizing the impact of electronic health records on the patient-physician relationship: A study on clinicians’ experiences of patient access to EHRs in the UK; Tony Zhuang, Rice University

Empowering through access? An analysis of patients’ experience with online access to their GP records; Federica Lucivero, King’s College London

Session 2c (pm session)

The Indispensability of Labels to a Theory of Bioethical Vulnerability; Adrian Kwek, SIM University (Singapore)

The ethics of medical exceptionalism; Anna Smajdor, University of East Anglia 

The influence of the CRPD on the development of legal capacity in England and Wales; Anna Raphael, University of Manchester

The ethical significance of trust for donors of human reproductive materials; John Appleby, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

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