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The Centre for Ethics in Medicine is an interdisciplinary centre for enquiry, education and engagement in healthcare ethics and law, based in Bristol Medical School
The centre boasts a range of research interests and expertise, and is united in its focus on impactful and practically oriented research that engages directly with public and professional stakeholders.
The centre's research spans everyday ethical dilemmas in healthcare, through to cutting-edge developments in science, law and policy. Its research focuses primarily upon:
- end of life care
- reproduction, families, and healthcare
- methodology in bioethics
- research ethics and integrity
- clinical ethics support and education
- surgery, invasive procedures and innovation.
The centre delivers an extensive programme of medical ethics teaching across all five years of the MBChB in Medicine. The centre also offers the one-year intercalated BSc (Hons) in Bioethics, which can be taken by students of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences, as well as teaching and supervision at postgraduate level, through MSc, PhD and professional development courses.
CEM Seminar 6 - Ethics in Extraordinary Times: Practitioners’ Ethical Experiences during the Pandemic
27 January 2022, 12.00 PM
CEM Seminar 7 - details tbc
10 February 2022, 12.00 PM
EPI-DOME Public Engagement Event
3 March 2022, 6.30 PM
Wellcome Trust celebrates Georgina Morley - CEM PhD student
Award winning public engagement
Professor Richard Huxtable (BABEL director, Workstream leader)
Richard trained in law, and directs the Centre for Ethics in Medicine in Bristol Medical School. He has particular interests in end-of-life decisions, treatment withdrawal, surgery, and clinical ethics support. His prior work on ‘best interests’ decisions includes the book Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life: To Treat or Not to Treat? (2012, Routledge). He serves on a range of journals and committees, including the ethics committees of the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Richard leads the teaching in ethics and law for medical students in Bristol.
Professor Judy Laing (BABEL Co-Deputy Director, Workstream leader)
Judy is based at the Centre for Health, Law, and Society in Bristol Law School and has expertise in mental health/capacity law, and human rights. She has experience of teaching health law, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, at several universities in the UK. She currently co-directs the Centre for Health, Law, and Society, which is based in the Law School. Judy has written extensively on aspects of mental health/capacity law, and her publications include co-editing one of the leading medical law texts, Principles of Medical Law (Oxford University Press, 2018), currently in its fourth edition. Judy is also a member of the Editorial Board of two leading medico-legal journals – the Medical Law Review and International Journal of Law & Psychiatry.
Professor Jonathan Ives (BABEL Co-Deputy Director, Workstream leader)
Jonathan is an interdisciplinary bioethics researcher, trained in Philosophy and with experience of a wide range of social science research methods. He is deputy director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and leads workstream 3 of BABEL. He has a particular interest in bioethics research methodology, and works on issues around parenting and reproduction, clinical and research ethics. His work includes the co-edited book Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (2016, Cambridge University Press).
Dr Sheelagh McGuinness (Workstream co-leader)
Sheelagh is a Reader in Law at the Centre for Health, Law, and Society at University of Bristol Law School. She has expertise in health law and reproduction and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students across a range of health law related subjects. Sheelagh’s primary research interests are in the regulation of reproduction.
Dr Giles Birchley (Workstream researcher)
Giles has worked as a researcher at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Ethics in Medicine since 2015 and works on BABEL workstream 3. Giles is a nurse and has extensive clinical experience in children's intensive care. Ethical dilemmas surrounding children’s medical treatment are a key research interest, as well as how we do and should make decisions for others more generally.
Suzanne Doyle Guilloud (Workstream researcher)
Suzanne is a Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Law at the Centre for Health, Law, and Society at University of Bristol Law School and works on BABEL workstream 2. Before joining the BABEL team, Suzanne had previously worked as a research associate at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway in Ireland. She has also practised as a barrister, gaining experience in mental health and legal capacity law, as well as issues of child welfare. Her doctoral research focused on the right to liberty of persons with psychosocial disabilities.
Dr Emanuele Valenti (Workstream researcher)
Emanuele is a Senior Research Associate in Healthcare Ethics at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, in Bristol Medical School. He has a background in philosophy and has expertise in qualitative research, and his primary role in BABEL is on workstream 1. His research interests are broadly focused on mental health and coercion, with a particular interest in ethical issues arising in mental healthcare and the role of best interests in decision making processes for people with mental disabilities.
Corinna Chandler (Project Administrator)
Corinna is a Research Administrator based at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the Bristol Medical School. Her role is to provide administrative support to the research team, including updating the website and arranging conferences and events. She is also a staff mental health champion. Corinna has previously worked for the Higher Education Funding Council for England and studied for an MSc in Policy Research at the University.