St Cross Special Ethics Seminars: Hilary 2008
St Cross Room, St Cross College
6.30 p.m.- 7.00 p.m. Drinks reception, 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. Seminar
Please book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In recent years, St. Cross College has attracted a great number of College Fellows working in
the area of the ethics of emergent sciences on such issues as cloning, embryonic stem cell
research, enhancement, global catastrophic risks, biobanks, information and technology, and
so on. In this informal, public seminar series, these College Fellows and their colleagues will
share with us their perspectives on the normative implications of some of the most exciting
developments in these areas.
The seminars will open at 6.30 p.m. with a drinks reception before the presentation at 7.00 p.m.
Particpants are invited to attend a special dinner after the seminar.
Hilary 2008 Programme
Julian Savulescu Love, Drugs and Marriage- The Chemicals Between Us
Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He is director of
the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and of the Program on Ethics and Biosciences in the
James Martin 21st Century School. He is also head of the Melbourne-Oxford Stem Cell
Collaboration, which is devoted to examining the ethical implications of cloning and embryonic stem
cell research. His areas of research include the ethics of genetics, research ethics, medical ethics,
sports ethics, and the analytic philosophical basis of practical ethics.
Savulescu is qualified in medicine, bioethics and analytic philosophy. He has published over 100
articles in journals such as the British Medical Journal, Lancet, Australasian Journal of Philosophy,
Bioethics, the Journal of Medical Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Medical Journal of Australia
and Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology.
Previously, Savulescu was editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the highest impact factor journal in
medical and applied ethics. He was director of the Ethics of Genetics Unit at the Murdoch Children's
Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He was also director of the
Bioethics Program at the Centre for the Study of Health and Society at the University of Melbourne.
Michael Parker Ethics, the Family and 'Non-Paternity' in Clinical Genetics
Michael Parker is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford.
His main research interest is in the development and use of multidisciplinary approaches to
researching the ethical and social dimensions of biomedical science and clinical practice. His current
research activities include: leading a programme of multidisciplinary research on the ethical and social
aspects of a major international genomic epidemiology consortium (MalariaGEN) which is carrying out
research into severe malaria in childhood in 20 countries (funded as a Gates Grand Challenge
through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Wellcome Trust); leading research
into the ethical issues arising in the development and use of e-science and Grid technologies for
medical research on patient records (funded by the Medical Research Council); carrying out
multidisciplinary social science, ethical and legal research on the governance of genetic databases
(funded by the Wellcome Trust); and, facilitating the Genethics Club, a national ethics forum for health
professionals working in clinical genetics.
Michael is on a number of committees and working parties. He is a member of the Ethics in Practice
Committee of the Royal College of Physicians, the Department of Health's Pandemic Influenza Ethics
Committee, the Steering Committee of the UK Clinical Ethics Network, and the Steering Group of the
Genethics Club. He is also a member of the editorial team of the Journal of Medical Ethics and Series
Editor of ‘Ethics in Practice’ in the British Medical Journal. He has previously sat on a number of
national and international committees and working parties including: Lord Warner’s Ad Hoc Advisory
Committee on Research Ethics, the Ministerial Task Force on the Summary Care Record, the Royal
College of Physicians Working Party on Clinical Ethics Committees, the British Medical Association
Working Party on Cognitive Enhancement, and the Board of Directors of the International Association