Conference on Ethics and Infectious Diseases

Event date:  4 July 2007

Speakers: Professor Mike Parker (ETHOX, University of Oxford); Dr Marcel Verweij (Lecturer, Ethiek Instituut, Universiteit Utrecht); Dr Nim Pathy (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford);  Professor Angela McLean (Director, The Institute for Emergent Infections of Humans, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford); Dan Brock (Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School); Margaret Battin (Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Utah);  Leslie Francis( Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Alfred C. Emery Professor of Law, University of Utah); Søren Holm (Professorial Fellow in Bioethics, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University); Dr Angus Dawson (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Keele); Dr Paul Kelly (Associate Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University); Carl H. Coleman (Professor of Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program, Seton Hall University School of Law, USA and WHO); Dr Helen Fletcher (Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford); Professor Harold Jaffe (Head of Department of Public Health, University of Oxford); Dr Michael Selgelid Senior Research Fellow (Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Menzies Centre for Health Policy, and National Centre for Biosecurity, The Australian National University); Dr Ray Zilinskas (Director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA); Professor David Bradley (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford)

Venue: University of Oxford

Abstract: In collaboration with The Institute for Emergent Infections of Humans, the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences will run a one-day conference to bring together scientists, politicians, policy-makers and ethicists. Outcomes will include an academic publication, a popular publication, advise to government and a series of research questions.

This interdisciplinary conference will examine ethical issues associated with emerging infectious diseases.  It will specifically focus on questions about the extent to which infectious disease control justifies interference with liberty and privacy.

Primary purposes of this conference will be to raise awareness of ethical issues associated with emerging infectious diseases and to increase relevant dialogue between medical scientists, policymakers, and bioethicists. Additional goals of the conference are to map out areas of inquiry in need of further research, and to develop ideas for a collaborative grant proposal for a project resulting in policy advice to government.

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