Dr John B Appleby (King’s College London 2013-16; Lancaster University 2016-17)
Lancaster Medical School
John B Appleby joined the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, as a research associate in 2016. He was previously at the Dickson Poon School of Law as a research associate from 2013-2016. His research background is in the field of bioethics, and he specialises in the ethics of reproduction. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2008 with a BSc in bioethics (moral philosophy) and life sciences. In 2009 he graduated from NYU with an MA in bioethics. In 2014 he graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD in bioethics (moral philosophy). John’s doctoral research was carried out at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge and his research was made possible via a Wellcome Trust Studentship in Bioethics (which was part of a larger Wellcome Trust funded bioethics project led by Professor Susan Golombok).
John’s research focused on the ethical and legal issues surrounding human reproductive tissue donation. His other research included the ethics of sharing information about genetic relatedness. In 2012 John co-edited (with Martin Richards and Guido Pennings) a published volume titled Reproductive donation: practices, policies and bioethics and in 2016 he co-edited (with Susan Golombok, Rosamund Scott, Stephen Wilkinson and Martin Richards) a published volume titled Regulating reproductive donation (both volumes are published with Cambridge University Press).
Dr Reuven Brandt (Lancaster University 2015-16)
Reuven Brandt joined the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University in January 2015. His primary research interest was the structure of responsibilities towards children that arises in assisted reproduction.
He received a BA from the University of Victoria, and an MA and PhD from Western University.
Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion
County South, B65
Sarah Carter graduated with a BA in Philosophy from Roehampton University in 2011 and from the University of Leeds in 2013 with an MA in Health Care Ethics. She then pursued a PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Manchester and has recently submitted her PhD thesis for examination.
Sarah’s principal research interests regard the ethical, social, and legal implications of emerging biotechnologies and interventions. She is also interested in the implications of the use of in vitro gametogenesis for reproductive purposes in socially infertile persons and in ethical issues raised by pronatalism.
Dr Hane Maung
Hane Maung joined the Donation and Transfer of Human Reproductive Materials project at Lancaster University in 2017. His academic background is in philosophy and he completed his doctoral thesis on the epistemic functions of diagnoses in psychiatry. Before his research career in philosophy, he trained and worked as a psychiatrist in the National Health Service.
Hane graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in History and Philosophy of Science, and in 2008 with an MB BChir in Medicine. He attained an MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012. In 2014, he completed an MPhil with distinction in Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health at the University of Pretoria. He graduated from Lancaster University in 2017 with a PhD in Philosophy.
Hane is currently interested in philosophical issues concerning the concept of infertility as a disorder and the ethical implications for assisted reproductive interventions, including uterus transplants and in vitro derived gametes.
Dr César Palacios-González
The Dickson Poon School of Law
King’s College London
Somerset House Room SW3.16
César Palacios-González joined The Dickson Poon School of Law as a research associate in 2015. His research background is in philosophy. He graduated from Universidad Panamericana in 2008 with a BA in Philosophy, the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2012 with an MPhil in Philosophy, and The University of Manchester in 2015 with a PhD in Science Ethics.
César’s current research focuses on the ethical issues surrounding in vitro gametogenesis, mitochondrial replacement, and chimera research.
Dr Prof Rosamund Scott – Principal Investigator
The Dickson Poon School of Law
King’s College London
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
Rosamund Scott is Professor of Medical Law and Ethics and Co-Director of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics in the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.
Her academic background is in philosophy and law and she has published widely in the field of reproductive ethics and law. Her first book, Rights, Duties and the Body: Law and Ethics of the Maternal-Fetal Conflict (Hart Publishing, 2002) was shortlisted for the Society of Legal Scholars Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2002. In 2007 she published Choosing Between Possible Lives: Law and Ethics of Prenatal and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (Hart Publishing).
Her current research focuses on a number of themes and topics in reproductive donation, including egg sharing and egg donation, the welfare of the child, mitochondrial replacement and various (moral and legal) human rights dimensions of reproductive donation.
Dr Katherine Wade
Katherine Wade joined the Dickson Poon School of Law as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in 2015. Her research background is in the area of medical law, bioethics, human rights and children’s rights. She holds a BCL from the National University of Ireland, Galway and an LLM from University College Cork. In 2015, she graduated with a PhD in law from University College Cork. Her thesis explored the legal and ethical issues in the context of clinical trials with neonates and made recommendations for reform in Ireland based on international children’s rights law. Katherine’s current research focuses on human rights and children’s rights perspectives in the area of assisted reproduction, with particular reference to reproductive donation.
Katherine has been a visiting scholar at a number of institutions in Europe and the US including the Brocher Foundation, Geneva, St Louis Law School, Missouri and Emory Law School, Atlanta. In March 2014, she was a Yale-Hastings Visiting Researcher. Katherine also currently teaches Medical Law to undergraduate students at King’s College London.
Prof Stephen Wilkinson – Principal Investigator
Stephen Wilkinson joined the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) at Lancaster University in 2013. Prior to that, he was Professor of Bioethics in the School of Law at Keele University and Director of Keele’s Research Centre for Law, Ethics, and Society (CLES).
Since 2003, most of his research has been on reproductive ethics and the regulation of reproductive technologies. A book on this topic, Choosing Tomorrow’s Children: the ethics of selective reproduction (Oxford University Press) was published in 2010.
His current research focuses on issues such as egg sharing and payments for egg donors, mitochondrial replacement, surrogacy, and uterus transplants.
Dr Nicola Williams
Nicola Williams joined the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the University of Lancaster in September 2014. Her research background is in the fields of Philosophy and Politics and her main academic interests lie in questions of reproductive ethics, personal identity and intergenerational justice.
Nicola graduated from The University of Reading in 2008 with a BA in Politics and Philosophy, The University of York in 2010 with an MA in Practical Ethics, and The University of Manchester in 2015 with a PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence.