New Directions in Bioethics: Bioethics Workshop at UCL 29-30 June

Thought this might be of interest to some of our readers – and not just because all of the editors of this bog are speaking at this workshop!

UCL’s Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre and Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health are pleased to announce a forthcoming workshop — New Directions in Bioethics on 29-30 June.

This is a workshop rather than a full-blown conference, so numbers of participants will be limited. Registration is free of charge. To register, please contact James Wilson,

For further details see the conference website,


DAY ONE: June 29

09.30 – 10.00 Coffee and Registration

10.00-10.45 Stephen Wilkinson (Keele), Saviour Selection and Organ Donation

10.45-11.30 John Worrall (LSE), Ethics and Epistemology in Clinical Trials

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee

12.00-12.45 Iain Brassington (Manchester) What’s Wrong with the Brain Drain?

12.45 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 2.45 Milena Nuti (Birkbeck), Appeals to intuition: methodological implications

2.45 – 3.30 Stephen John (Cambridge) What went right in the case of MMR?

3.30 – 4.00 Tea

4.00 – 6.00 Roundtable discussion: Should the UK have a National Bioethics Advisory Body?

Panellists: Martin Wilkinson (Auckland), Harald Schmidt (Nuffield Council on Bioethics), Jonathan Wolff (UCL), Adam Hedgecoe (Cardiff)

7.00 Conference Dinner

DAY TWO: June 30

10.00-10.45 David Hunter (Keele) Not just Justice – alternative justifications for the provision of health care

10.45-11.15 Coffee

11.15 -12.00 Ainsley Newson (Bristol), Title TBC

12.00 – 12.45 Janet Radcliffe-Richards (Oxford), Title TBC

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 2.45 Marcel Verweij (Utrecht), Infectious disease control and the harm principle

2.45 – 3.30 Martin Wilkinson (Auckland), The conscription of organs

3.30 – 4.00 Tea

4.00 – 4.45 Soren Holm (Cardiff), Should we completely rethink the basis for research ethics?

4.45 – 5.30 Tom Douglas (Oxford), Scientific Isolationism: Are there reasons not to pursue dual-use research?

5.30 Close

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