Ethics and Medical Humanities

Group Lead: Heather Draper (Ethics) and Jonathan Reinarz (Medical Humanities)

The ethics group work on a wide range of biomedical ethical issues related to clinical practice and research, medical education and bioethics more broadly conceived. We are distinctively identified with empirical bioethics as a methodology but also produce high quality, internationally recognised publications in philosophical bioethics. The group provides ethics support to research teams across the College of medical and dental sciences, are part of local trusts’ clinical ethics committees and serve on national groups such as the UK Donation Ethics Committee and Human Genetics Commission.

Areas of research interest include:

  • Educational Research
  • Empirical Bioethics
  • Ethics relating to Parenting, Families and Children
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Research Ethics
  • Medical Humanities

The History of Medicine Unit plays an important part in the understanding of the progress and current dilemmas facing modern biomedical science and clinical practice today. The research of staff concentrates on the history of medical institutions, including hospitals, asylums, workhouses, as well as the development of medical education and specialisation. It supports research and teaching in the history of medicine within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, but also in other University Colleges, primarily Arts and Law. The Unit has a very active outreach programme, supported by a Wellcome Trust-funded Outreach Officer who works with local, national and international schools, museums and theatres, bringing the history of medicine to life through the medium of medical make-up.

Research group members...