External Activities

As well as our routine academic (research and teaching) activities, many MESH members undertake additional work in our fields. This may be external teaching/training, sitting on external committees, or other kinds or consultation work.

Teaching and training ...

MESH is keen to extend training to practitioners who may not have benefited from ethics training in their own undergraduate courses. For example:

  • Heather Draper participates in a quarterly Academic Psychiatry meeting focusing on psychiatric case studies that raise particular ethical and legal concerns.
  • Heather Draper provides training to clinical ethics committees.
  • Cathy Hale has run sessions on fraud in research for Wellcome CFR, criminalisation of medicine for the Royal Society of Medicine and ethics of transplantation for the hepatology course.

Jonathan Ives had developed teaching in Empirical Bioethics, and has delivered training on this methodology at the University of Zurich and Cambridge University.

Membership of International, National and Local Committee...

Angus Dawson is Vice-President of the International Association of Bioethics, and a member of the board of directors. He is member of the IAB World congress Scientific committee (Rotterdam 2012) and joint coordinator of the IAB’s International Public Health Ethics Network (InterPHEN). He is a member of the Public Health Ontario Working Party (Ethical Framework for Public Health Project), Médecins Sans Frontières Research Ethics Board, Health Protection Agency Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation (Human Radiosensitivity Sub-group), and the Uk Home Office Airwave Health Monitoring Ethical Governance Committee. Angus is Joint Founder and Joint Editor-in-Chief, Public Health Ethics, and an editorial board member of Bioethics, Indian Journal of medical Ethics, Journal of Applied Philosophy, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics.

Heather Draper was a co-opted member of the Human Genetics Commission scoping group on genetics and reproduction. 2005 saw the completion of this project which was published 2006:Making babies: reproductive decisions and genetic technologies.  In 2003, with Tom Sorell, she was commissioned to write an evidence review by the Human Genetics Commission: 'Choice and the philosophy and choice applied to reproductive choices.  Heather is also a member of ACE (Advisory Committee on Ethics) for the Assisted Conception Unit of Birmingham Women's Hospital, a member of Heartlands Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee and of the Ethics Advisory Group of Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Jonathan Ives is a member of the Heartlands Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee, The University of Birmingham Biomedical Ethics Review Sub-Committee the University of Lincoln Faculty Research Ethics Committee, and Chair of one of the BMedSc PoSH Internal Ethical Review sub-Committees. He is on the Editorial board for Healthcare Analysis, and is co-chair of the Welcome Trust funded Interdisciplinary and Empirical Ethics Network.

June Jones is a member of Birmingham University Stem Cell Steering Committee, and a member of the organising committee for the first regional Institute of Medical Ethics student conference in February 2012.

Other consultancy...

Jonathan Ives is consulting on a project with a local Charity, Acacia Family Support, on a project to evaluate a new service aimed at supporting fathers with depressive illness following the birth of a child.