Calling all junior and senior bioethicists! Abstracts wanted for IME 2018 Summer Conference Oxford June 19-20th

The Institute of Medical Ethics invites abstracts for its forthcoming conference in Oxford 19th and 20th June 2018. The conference is a two-day event, designed to give opportunities for academics, clinicians and students involved in biomedical ethics research and the medical humanities to present their current work.

The conference organisers welcome submissions from a range of disciplines relevant to bioethics, including medical ethics, medicine, healthcare, philosophy, social sciences, law, public policy and the medical humanities. In addition to submissions from established academics, early career researchers and healthcare professionals, we also encourage submissions from postgraduates and students who are intercalating in medical ethics or the medical humanities.

Formal contributions to the 2018 conference can take the form of posters, oral presentations or panel proposals. Single papers will have 25 minutes, to include questions. Panels will run for 75 minutes and should consist of two or three papers with sufficient time for audience discussion.

The abstract word limit is 300 words.

The abstract submission process is online and open at

Submissions should be submitted by midnight:Wednesday 14th February 2018.

IME Research Committee: Dr Carwyn Hooper (Chair), Dr Lucy Frith (Deputy Chair), Rev Bryan Vernon, Dr Anna Smajdor, Dr. Zoe Fritz, Dr Merryn Ekberg, Dr Silvia Camporesi, Ms Emma Nottingham, Prof Richard Huxtable, Dr Nathan Emmerich, Dr Tom Douglas and Dr Felicity Boardman.

If you have any questions about this conference write to:

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Come and work with us! Three new openings in the Department for Global Health & Social Medicine. Deadline for applications March 5th 2018

We are delighted to announce that there are now three new posts in the Department for Global Health & Social Medicine: One Reader in Global Health and/or Social Medicine, One Senior Lecturer in Global Heath and/or Social Medicine, and one Lecturer in Global Mental Health.  These posts reflect the strong support for the Department’s work at King’s and will enable us to ensure our position as a world leading research and teaching Department.  The links to the posts are provided below.

For the post of Reader in Global Health and/or Social Medicine we are seeking to recruit a dynamic international leader with an outstanding profile in his/her area of expertise.  He/she will be expected to strengthen the Department’s research capacity by establishing and leading a research group that complements or extends those in the Department. Applications are particularly sought from those with expertise in the social, ethical and/or legal dimensions of developments in health and biomedicine. For more information please see:

For the post of Senior Lecturer in Global Health and/or Social Medicine we are seeking applicants with an outstanding track-record of research, publications and external funding relative to career stage.  He/she will also be expected to strengthen the Department’s research capacity by establishing and leading a research group that complements or extends those in the Department. Applications are particularly sought from those whose work contributes to strengthening the Department’s growing portfolio of work on critical approaches to global health initiatives in Africa.  For more details please see:

For the position of Lecturer in Global Mental Health the Department invites applications from sociologists, anthropologists or others with relevant expertise and with a specific focus on the social and cultural determinants of mental ill health in low and middle income countries. The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen the Department’s contributions to the new Centre for Society and Mental Health which will be launched in the Spring. More information can be found here:

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Congratulations to Georgina Groome Bioethics & Society alumna for securing an internship as Mental Health Research Assistant at the Oxford Centre for Effective Altruism!

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Georgina Groome

In 2007, Georgina graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Human Psychology and thereafter was awarded a scholarship to study for a MSc Research Methods in Psychology. After having 3 children, she returned to education and completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioethics and Society at King’s College London in 2016.

Since graduating she has spent much of her free time thinking and reading about how to make the world a better place.  Finding the arguments proposed by Peter Singer (2012) ‘The Life You Can Save’ compelling, she learnt about the ‘Giving What We Can’ pledge, William MacAskill (2015) ‘Doing Good Better’ and Benjamin Todd’s (2016) ‘80,000 Hours: Find a Fulfilling Career that Does Good’.  This reading lead her to the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) – the hub of the effective altruism movement based in Oxford.

Since October 2017, she has been working with CEA as a Mental Health Research Assistant Intern to help design a ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ initiative. Combining areas of interest with expertise (and motivated by the desire to be effective), Georgina has spent the past few months researching evidence based best practices to ensure CEA have policies in place to protect and promote optimal employee mental wellbeing.

Drawing heavily on research published in ‘Mindful Nation UK’ (2015) and the government report ‘Thriving at Work’ (2017), her role has consisted of writing several reports including ‘Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace’ and utilizing New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) ‘Theory of Change’ outcome chains model (and associated narrative framework), addressing ‘Improving Employee Mental Wellbeing and Staff Team Resilience with Mindfulness’.  Georgina has researched and recommended third party training facilitators and hopes to be further involved in partnership working with regard to monitoring effectiveness of interventions implemented.

If you would like to contact Georgina you can reach her at
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Congratulations to Part Time PhD Student Peter Simcock for his appointment as Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Birmingham City University!

Part Time PhD Student Peter Simcock has recently been appointed as Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Birmingham City University.  Peter will start in this new role in January 2018 and is looking forward to the position after working for eight years at Staffordshire University.  Peter’s PhD research is exploring the lived experiences of older deafblind people.  He is therefore delighted to be working for Birmingham City University’s Social Work Department, which offers both Social Work Programmes and the course in Rehabilitation for Visual Impairment, with a top up year relating to complex needs associated with conditions including deafblindness.  The timing of this new post also coincides with Sense, the National Charity for Deafblind people, opening a new centre in Birmingham; Peter’s research has been supported by Sense, so he is excited by the possibility of further collaborative projects.


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GHSM student Meryem Cicek is Prize Winner for the Best Overall Submission for the King’s Experience Research Award


GHSM undergraduate student Meryem Cicek

GHSM congratulates our undergraduate student Meryem Cicek for her success winning the Prize for the Best Overall Submission for the King’s Experience Research Award! We hope that her experience (outlined below) will inspire other students to gain extra curricula work experience during their studies through the King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships (KURF), internships or volunteering.

The following entry has been written by Meryem Cicek

I feel immensely excited and proud to have been awarded Prize Winner for the Best Overall Submission for the King’s Experience Research Award! I would like to share my experience in the hopes of inspiring and encouraging fellow peers and Departmental staff to further participate and foster the wonderful research culture in our Department!

What is the King’s Experience Research Award?

The King’s Experience Research Award is one of many King’s Experience Awards that are on offer for students to achieve. They are given for learning that is undertaken outside the formal curriculum, which can be based on experiential learning or undertaking additional learning. The awards require applicants to demonstrate experiential learning through supported reflection and to submit an assessment of their choice. The King’s Experience Awards are recognised and rewarded by the University and are displayed on degree transcripts as co-curricular achievements. The Research Award is awarded to students who show outstanding ability to present learning outcomes and reflect on research work. This can be achieved through independent research work or the King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships (KURF) scheme, which gives undergraduate students the unique opportunity to learn and be involved in contributing to cutting-edge research alongside leading academics during the summer.

I enrolled onto the Awards through the KURF scheme, by applying and being accepted onto working on a research project with Dr Hanna Kienzler from the Global Health and Social Medicine Department, in the summer of 2017. I took on the role of Undergraduate Research Assistant for the research project ‘Support and Independence within the Community’. This study is an ethnographic study of the mental health landscapes in the West Bank of occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), Ghana, and England. As well as investigating the available mental healthcare infrastructure and community-based support services, this research aims to understand the socio-cultural and political factors that affect the way in which mental health is understood and how it is dealt with in different community settings. The project also explores the rights of persons with mental health from a social justice and legal perspective. It is part of larger 5-year interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the Wellcome Trust called ‘Mental Health and Justice’, which, broadly-speaking, explores the concept of ‘decision-making capacity’ of persons with mental health disorders from different disciplinary perspectives.

My fellowship entailed working on the research component for the West Bank of Palestine for one month in the summer. I had an enriching learning experience that was task-packed and novel for me in some respects; I was given the opportunity to hone my existing skills and to develop new ones in the process. Working with the support of Dr Kienzler, I produced a dynamic directory that maps all available ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Support’ (MHPSS) service providers available in the West Bank. Upon collaborating with Dr Kienzler and our research team, I designed a comprehensive survey tool for assisting data collection through telephone interviews with participants. Additionally, I presented an effective project management tool to the research team, for which I produced a user guide and supported fellow colleagues with adapting the tool for optimal use. Furthermore, I attended research team meetings with colleagues from both our project and from the larger research initiative, which provided valuable insight into the workings of an interdisciplinary project.

It was an enriching experience working in a multidisciplinary team, and being part of a research project with an interdisciplinary focus. The most valuable aspect of this fellowship to me is that I now have experience in an area of my undergraduate studies, BSc Global Health and Social Medicine. As I am in the final year of my degree, and considering future career paths, this fellowship experience has shown academic research as a potential route for me. At present, I continue to contribute to this research study as Research Assistant.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank my supervisor Dr Hanna Kienzler for her support, guidance, and confidence in my abilities, throughout the fellowship period and beyond. I would also like to celebrate the fantastic opportunity that the organisers of the King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships have provided. I couldn’t recommend undertaking the Research Award, or any of the other King’s Experience Awards enough! It is a unique opportunity to contribute to current academic research and knowledge production, while gaining valuable work experience – a fantastic way to enhance learning and employability. Indeed, this has been a very enriching personal and professional development journey for me!

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