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5th IME Summer (Research) Conference 2018

Oxford Town Hall

5th IME Summer Conference 2018
19th – 20th June, Oxford

Conference Overview

The primary aim of this conference is to enable academics and students to present the results of their research activities in analytical and empirical medical ethics.

The conference will take place at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

Programme Day 1

10.00 – 10.20

Registration & Coffee [& Posters]



10.20 – 10.30



Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper

10.30 – 11.15

Keynote - Ethics

The Health Chain: Working in Partnership on the Determinants of Health

Professor Jonathan Wolff, Blavatnik Chair in Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Wolfson College (Oxford) and Honorary Professor, University College London

11.15 - 12.30

3 Parallel Sessions [3 x 25 minutes]

(Please select when booking)

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch [& Posters]



13.30 – 14.45

3 Parallel Sessions [3 x 25 minutes]

(Please select when booking)

14.45 – 15.30

Keynote - Humanities

Dr Brandy Shillace, PhD, Editor in Chief of BMJ Medical Humanities, Sr. Research Associate, Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum 

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee [& Posters]


16.00 – 17.15

3 Parallel Sessions [3 x 25 minutes]

(Please select when booking)




18.30 – 21.30



Programme Day 2

09.30 – 10.00

Registration & Coffee [& Posters]



10.00 – 10.45

Keynote - Law

Dr Sara Fovargue, Senior Lecturer in Law, Lancaster University

10.45 - 12.00

3 Parallel Sessions [3 x 25 minutes]

(Please select when booking)

12.00 - 13.00

Lunch [& Posters]



13.00 – 14.15

3 Parallel Sessions [3 x 25 minutes]

(Please select when booking)

14.15 – 15.15

Invited Panel

Professor Heather Draper, Chair of Bioethics, Warwick Medical School;
Greg Moorlock, Senior Teaching Fellow, Warwick Medical School
Felicity Boardman, Assistant Professor, Warwick Medical School

15.15 – 15.30


Dr Wing May Kong, Chair, Institute of Medical Ethics

Parallel session detail

Each Session, with the exception of the panel sessions, will feature 3 x 25 minute presentations:

Session 1a (Tuesday 19th am session)
Panel session:Consensual and Non-Consensual Neurointerventions;
Lisa Forsberg (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford)          
Jonathan Pugh (Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford)
Thomas Douglas (Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford)
Viktor Ivankovic (PhD candidate, Central European University) 

Session 1b (Tuesday 19th am session)
Can Knowing Your Sperm Donor Be a Right?; Olivia Schuman (Graduate Student, York University)
Legal and ethical aspects of using implantable neural devices in medicine: protection of confidentiality and patient privacy in focus; Laman Yusifova (Erasmus Mundus Joint International Doctoral Fellow in Law, Science and Technology, Bologna University) 

Session 1c (Tuesday 19th am session)
A women’s disease?” Bulimia nervosa as gendered diagnosis and the claim for patienthood; Leonie Mol (PhD Candidate, King's College London)
Do we understand the acts of withdrawing and withholding treatment?; Nathan Emmerich (Postdoc., QUB & DCU)
Being Gay is Not A Disease: Clinical Indications for Assisted Reproductive Technologies; Cristina Richie (Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies)

Session 2a (Tuesday 19th pm session)
Neuroethics in dementia prevention: ethical issues in early intervention for better life long brain health; Alex McKeown (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford)
Unmet Needs in Children with ADHD - Can tDCS Fill the Gap? Promises and Ethical Challenges; Anna Sierawska (Postdoctoral research fellow, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel)
A Leg Up: The Impact of Neuroprosthetics on Healthy Limb Amputation in BIID cases; Richard Gibson (PhD Doctoral Candidate, University of Manchester)

Session 2b (Tuesday 19th pm session)
When is non-disclosure ethically permissible in clinical practice? A qualitative and ethical analysis of current practice; Zoe Fritz (Consultant Physician, Wellcome Fellow in Ethics and Society, Cambridge University Hospitals)
Revolutionizing Informed Consent Law and Practice: Empowering Patients with Certified Decision Aids; Thaddeus Pope (Professor, Mitchell Hamline)
Raising the Bar for Sharing Big Data with For-Profit Entities; Owen Schaefer (Research Assistant Professor, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore)

Session 2c (Tuesday 19th pm session)
Panel session: Medical assistance in dying: Lessons from Canada;
Jocelyn Downie (University Research Professor, Dalhousie University)
Jennifer Gibson (Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto)
Jennifer Chandler (Bertram Loeb Research Chair, University of Ottawa)

Session 3a (Tuesday 19th pm session)
Should gender reassignment surgery be publicly funded?; Johann Go (Provost's Scholar (Graduate Student), Worcester College, University of Oxford)
A systematic review of young people's attitudes and experiences related to genetic testing; Gabriela Pavarini (Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oxford)
Should the Law intervene to prevent pregnant women making harmful choices during pregnancy and childbirth?; Elizabeth Chloe Romanis (PhD Candidate, University of Manchester)

Session 3b (Tuesday 19th pm session)
'How should we use genomic information about autism? An empirical bioethics study of young people’s moral attitudes'; Arianna Manzini (DPhil student, University of Oxford)
Inescapable exposure: Ethical considerations in prison influenza outbreaks; Frances Butcher (Public Health Registrar, Oxford School of Public Health)
Notes on the Medicalization of Love: Substances, Subjectivities and the Bioethics of Affects; Arbel Griner (Visiting Student Research Collaborator, Princeton University)

Session 3c (Tuesday 19th pm session)
The Moral Exploitation of Junior Doctors; Joshua Parker (Clinical Fellow, Stepping Hill Hospital)
Professional Formation and a Sense of Calling: Reimagining Professionalism Education; Michael McCarthy (Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine)
Discriminatory Conscientious Objections in Healthcare: a Response to Ancell and Sinnott-Armstrong; Katrien Devolder (Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, University of Oxford) 

Session 4a (Wednesday 20th am session)
Panel Session:
Field notes from the front line: Postgraduate Medical Ethics Education in the UK

"Ethics education in the Foundation Years"
Dr Laura Machin, Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Lancaster Medical School

"Ethics education in medical training"
Dr Selena Knight, Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice, King's College London

"Ethics as continuing medical education"
Dr Andrew N Papanikitas, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, Oxford University

Session 4b (Wednesday 20th am session)
The Epistemic Value of Conflicting Narratives. A Defence of Empirical Ethics in Mental Health; Paolo Corsico (PhD Student, The University of Manchester)    
Should radically new assisted reproductive technologies be introduced for human use through clinical trials; John Appleby (Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University), Dr Katherine Wade (Lecturer, University of Leicester Law School) 
Young people's moral self-understanding in EIP services; Jessica Lorimer (Research Assistant, University of Oxford)

Session 4c (Wednesday 20th am session)
Duty to the DNA: Has the advent of the genomic era changed our definition of 'duty of care'?; Joseph Home (Student, UoM School of Law / Peninsula Medical School)
Human Reproductive Cloning: beyond Frankenstein and the Clones Club: Boris Pinto (Professor Bioethics, Universidad del Rosario)

Session 5a (Wednesday 20th pm session)
Precision medicine across science and society: the impact on equity, democracy and public health; Ilaria Galasso (PhD student, University of Milan, European Institute of Oncology, European School of Molecular Medicine) 
Ethics, Biobanking and the myth of harmonization;  Rachel Thompson (PhD student, Swansea University)     

Session 5b (Wednesday 20th pm session)
Justified Paltering within the Clinical Context: Insights from an African Moral Theory; Cornelius Ewuoso (PhD student, Center for Applied Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch) 
Muslim perspectives on palliative and end of life care - Empirical ethics research analysing perspectives of service users and providers;  Mehrunisha Suleman (Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge)   
Does education in law and ethics impact on UK paediatricians' end-of-life decisions for severely disabled children?;  Zoe Picton-Howell (Tutor Law, Medical Law & HES, University of Edinburgh/University of York)     

Session 5c (Wednesday 20th pm session)
PrEPosterous? The ethics of state-funded pre-exposure prophylaxis; Jordan Parsons 
Ugliness is in the Eye of the Beholder: A Qualitative Investigation of the Ethical Responsibilities of Cosmetic Practitioners towards Clients with Body Dysmorphic Disorder;  Natalie Lane (Junior Doctor, NHS Scotland)   
Autonomy in Crisis; Oliver Schirokauer (Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University)  






Posters will be presented as follows:
Conscience, Moral Uncertainty and Medical Decision-Making; Joshua Parker (Clinical Fellow, Stepping Hill Hospital)

Ethical issues surrounding patient access to medical notes in the acute care setting; Stephanie D'Costa (Medical student, University of Cambridge)

When Is the Patient Dead? When May Clinicians Stop Treating Dead Patients? Growing Challenges to the Status of Brain Death and Strategies for Clinical Ethics Consultants; Thaddeus Pope (Professor, Mitchell Hamline)

Human Reproductive Cloning: beyond Frankenstein and the Clones Club; Boris Pinto (Professor Bioethics, Universidad del Rosario)

The impact of social media on clinical practice in Taiwan: Past, now and future; Tien-Yu Huang (Hepatologist, National Taiwan University)

A question of choice? The doctor-patient relationship after the Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board case [2015]; Caterina Milo (Phd Candidate, part-time tutor, Durham Law School)

Assessment of Initial Submission of Participant Information Sheets (PIS) in Malaysia; Shan Lii Ching (Ethics Committee Member, Medical Research Ethics Committee c/o Institute for Health Management)

A women's disease?' Bulimia nervosa as gendered diagnosis and the claim for patienthood; Leonie Mol (PhD Candidate, King's College London)

Post-Trial Access by Research Participants: The Way Forward for Malaysia; Peter Gan Kim Soon (Committee Member, Medical Research & Ethics Committee)

To pay or not to pay? Payment Trends Provided to Healthy and Non-Healthy Research Participants in a Middle Income Country; Shan Lii Ching (Ethics Committee Member, Medical Research Ethics Committee c/o Institute for Health Management)

Ordinary citizens' expectations for regenerative medicine and IPS cells researches in Japan; Yoshiyuki Takimoto (Medical Doctor/Clinical Ethics Consultant, Graduate School of Medicine Dept. of Biomedical Ethics, The Univ. of Tokyo)

An Investigation into the Issues Surrounding Competent Paediatric Patients, their Consent and Refusals of Therapeutic Medical Treatment; Rebecca Limb (PhD Student, University of Warwick)

Ethically guiding self-experimentation and the case of transcranial direct current stimulation; Cristina Nigro (Doctoral Student, University of California, San Francisco)

Supporting ethical decision making for clinical commissioners - an interview study; Selena Knight (Academic Clinical Fellow, King's College London)

Addressing Ethical Issues around Confidentiality in Mental Healthcare: Insights from an African Moral Theory; Cornelius Ewuoso (PhD student, Center for Applied Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch)

Autonomy and Informed Consent: Analysing Judgments and Fitness to Practice Decisions; Louise Austin (PhD Candidate in Law, University of Bristol)

Teaching on abortion at UCL Medical School: helping students to help women; Jonathan Mayhew (Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCL Medical School)

Health care as a site of affirmative action; Benjamin Davies (Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds)

Kill first, ask questions later: The rule of law and the Belgian euthanasia legislation of 2002 ; Shanthi Van Zeebroeck (PhD researcher, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Enrolling Incapacitated Adults into Emergency Care Research: Investigating Practitioners' Views; Rachel Davies (MA Bioethics and Society (Alumnus)/ CT2 Doctor, Kings College London)


Delegate Fees

Students - £15 for one day/£20 for both days

IME members - £25 for one day/£45 for both days (In order to get this price please ensure you log in at the top right of the booking page)

Non-members - £55 for one day/£90 for both days (IME Membership is only £80 for full membership (£70 for Concessionary members) with a £10 discount available when paying by Direct Debit - sign up
here before registering to get the members delegate fee)



Travelling to Oxford: https://www.oxfordtownhall.co.uk/townhall/homepage/11/find_us



Accommodation is not included in the conference fees - please visit http://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/places-to-stay/hotels-oxfordshire/ and http://www.universityrooms.com/en/city/oxford/home for further information and booking of hotels in Oxford.  Please note that we expect this particular week to be busy in Oxford therefore we urge you to book accomodation early.


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