About the Centre

The Centre was officially opened by Lord Limerick in 1998, although its work had begun in 1996, with the appointment of its first Director, Professor Alastair V Campbell, to the first established chair in Ethics in Medicine in a UK Medical School

Since opening in 1996, the Centre for Ethics in Medicine has earned international recognition as a focal point for research and teaching on the ethical issues arising in medicine and health care.

The Centre’s research portfolio reflects the diverse expertise of its staff members, who come from such disciplines as philosophy, law, sociology and the healthcare professions. Their work has been funded by organisations including the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and the NIHR.

The Centre boasts an extensive teaching portfolio, which includes significant input into the Medicine (MBChB) programme at Bristol, alongside programmes dedicated to the study of bioethics and healthcare ethics. Education and training is also provided on a range of continuing professional development courses for practising health care professionals, including workshops aimed at the members of research and clinical ethics committees.

Centre staff members also contribute to the maintenance of ethical standards by providing expert opinion, advice and support to organisations and professionals at the international, national and local levels. Beneficiaries include local ethics committees, the British Medical Association, The Royal College of General Practitioners, The Institute for Medical Ethics, the National Council for Palliative Care, the Retained Organs Commission, the European Clinical Ethics Network and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.  Staff members equally enter into public discussions about ethics in medicine, through a range of public engagement activities and contributions to the worldwide media.

The Centre for Ethics in Medicine is one of those places that makes you feel welcome. It’s an incredibly collegiate place, with great staff and students, and links to all over the world. It’s an international Centre with a local feel

Professor Jonathan Ives, Deputy Director, Centre for Ethics in Medicine


Centre for Ethics in Medicine
Population Health Sciences
Bristol Medical School
Room G.04
University of Bristol
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
Bristol, BS8 2PS
United Kingdom


Tel: +44(0)117 331 4450

Fax: +44(0)117 928 7326

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