Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health

New Directions in Bioethics 29 - 30 June 2009


This workshop brings together a number of well-known speakers to present work in progress on bioethics. Papers will focus on neglected issues in public health ethics, research ethics and methodology in bioethics, as well as addressing some more familiar bioethical issues.

This event is supported by the UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre.

Draft Workshop Programme

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, at Zizzi, Charlotte Street. 

DAY TWO: June 30

10.00-10.45 Soren Holm (Cardiff), Should we completely rethink the basis for research ethics?

10.45-11.15 Coffee

11.15 -12.00 Ainsley Newson (Bristol), Genetic responsibility: some early explorations

12.00 – 12.45 Janet Radcliffe-Richards (Oxford), Consent: Invalid Invalidity

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

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

5.30  Close

Taviton 347, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. For maps of UCL campus, see here.

29-30 June 2009.


Note that this is a workshop rather than a conference: the emphasis will be on friendly but rigorous discussion of the speakers' work in progress. In order to maintain the workshop format, there will be a limited number of places for people who are not speaking. These places have now been allocated.

The workshop is now full and regstration has closed. For all enquiries, please contact James Wilson.

Unfortunately we cannot book accommodation for people who are not speaking at the workshop, but you can find details of local hotels here and here.

Registered Participants

  1. Alex Calladine
  2. Ellen Chisman
  3. John Coggon
  4. Alan Cribb
  5. Zuzana Deans
  6. Katrien Devolder
  7. Victor Dura-Vila
  8. Sarah Edwards
  9. Stephanie Ellis
  10. Hilary Engward
  11. Madeleine Hayenhjelm
  12. Carwyn Hooper
  13. Jeremy Howick
  14. Alya Khan
  15. Monique Jonas
  16. Christopher Leak
  17. Won Leung
  18. Gaenor Levington
  19. Jasper Littmann
  20. Julie Longworth
  21. Mirella Marlow
  22. Maria McCann
  23. Michael Millar
  24. Sheelagh McGuinness
  25. Shepley Orr
  26. Sam Page
  27. Robin Pierce
  28. Sophie Pullen
  29. Bornwell Sikateyo
  30. Douglas Reeve
  31. Raj Sehgal
  32. Daniel Sokol
  33. Neema Sofaer
  34. Keith Tayler
  35. Mischa Van Den Brandhof
  36. Tom Walker
  37. Martin Whiting
  38. Heather Widdows
  39. Angela White
  40. James Wilson
  41. Anthony Wrigley