Julian Savulescu

Julian Savulescu

Role or Position

Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director of The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Director of The Institute for Science and Ethics, The Oxford Martin School.

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Academic background

Before coming to Oxford in 2002 as Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Professor Savulescu was Director of the Ethics Program at the Murdoch Children's Research Unit, University of Melbourne, before which he studied for a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University, followed by a PhD under the supervision of Professor Peter Singer.

Research Interests

Julian Savulescu's areas of research include: the ethics of genetics, especially predictive genetic testing, pre implantation genetic diagnosis, prenatal testing, behavioural genetics, genetic enhancement, gene therapy; research ethics, especially ethics of embryo research, including embryonic stem cell research; new forms of reproduction, including cloning and assisted reproduction; medical ethics, including end of life decision-making, resource allocation, consent, confidentiality, decision-making involving incompetent people, and other areas; sports ethics; the analytic philosophical basis of practical ethics.  He is on the Advisory Board for the journal Neuroethics. Savulescu and Bostrom initiated the two year EU ENHANCE project, an interdisciplinary project devoted to studying the ethical implications of human enhancement and to providing detailed recommendations to European policy makers. Oxford led the cognitive enhancement theme. Savulescu is editor of two major collections on enhancement: one, co-edited with Bostrom, entitled Human Enhancement (OUP) and another draws on research from the ENHANCE project, entitled Enhancing Human Capacities (Wiley Blackwell, due for publication January 2011). 

Research Leader in Cognitive Enhancement; Borderline Consciousness and Severe Neurological Impairment; Free Will, Moral Responsibility and Addiction; Neuroscience of Morality and Decision-Making; Applied Neuroethics.

Publications include

1.    ter Meulen, R., Savulescu, J., Kahane, G. (eds.) (forthcoming 2011), Enhancing Human Capacities, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

2.   Savulescu, J. (2010), ‘Human liberation: Removing biological and psychological barriers to freedom,’ Monash Bioethics Review, 29 (1)

3.   Persson, I., Savulescu, J., ‘Actualizable Potential, Reproduction and Embryo Research: Bringing Embryos into Existence for Different Purposes, or Not at All,’ Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 19 (1)

4. Savulescu, J., Bostrom, N. (eds.) (2009), Human Enhancement, Oxford: Oxford University Press

5. Hope, T., Savulescu, J., Hendrick, J. (2008), Medical Ethics and Law: The Core Curriculum, London: Churchill Livingstone, 2nd edition


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