CFP: Discourses and Lived Meanings of Parenting: Exploring Gender and Diversity in Social Expectations on Parenthood

Call for Papers Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies: “Normative Discourses and Lived Meanings of Parenting: Exploring Gender and Diversity in Social Expectations on Parenthood”.

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MEMORY / HABIT / ADDICTION – a workshop organized by the Neuroscience and Society Network

28 November 2019
Room 3.09/10
5-11 Lavington Street
King’s College London

Research on addiction shows that habitual behaviours are intimately tied into specific contexts, objects and memories related to drug experiences. The life and social sciences have been investigating the relationships between substances, memory and habits since at least the late nineteenth century. In recent years, however, many addiction neuroscientists and psychologists have converged on the view that addiction is a kind of memory process – that neurobiological and psychological changes affected by habits of pleasure and pain can persist for months, years, even decades after all neurochemical traces of drugs have left the body.

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Event: Preconception health and healthy life trajectories (HeLTI study)

25 September 2019 | 12:30-13:30 | Anatomy Museum

Join Professor Shane Norris as he explores health interventions before conception, which are proving to help offset child obesity. He will also talk about how to optimise the preconception health of women in order to offset health risks and set up healthier trajectories for their offspring.

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Rachel Siden Bioethics & Society alumna talks about her experience as study coordinator for the “Healthy Aging and Neighborhood Study” at UMass Medical School

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Rachel Siden, Bioethics & Society alumna (class of 2017)

We are delighted to announce the career trajectory of Rachel Siden, Bioethics & Society alumna (class of 2017), at the intersection of bioethics, public health, ageing and society.
Rachel is currently a Study Coordinator for “The Healthy Aging and Neighborhood Study“at UMass Medical School in Worcester, in MA. The study, funded by the US National Institute on Aging, focuses on fall risk in the elderly, and investigates how neighbourhood environment and activity level are related to fall risk and overall health.

This is what Rachel says about her job and how the Bioethics & Society programme prepared her for the job:

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Congratulations to Dr Frances Butcher Bioethics & Society alumna for being awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship for Health Professionals

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Dr Frances Butcher

Dr Frances Butcher, Bioethics & Society alumna (class of 2016) and currently a Specialty Registrar/Doctor in Public Health at the Oxford School of Public Health, has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship for Health Professionals to fund a DPhil/PhD at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, for a project titled “An Ethics Account of Global Health Security”, under the supervision of Professor Mike Parker and Dr Patricia Kingori.

This is what she says about the Bioethics and Society programme:

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Announcing the 2019 Lewis Headley Public Lecture “Complex Decisions in Paediatric End of Life Care” Friday September 20th

We are delighted to announce the 2019 Institute of Medical Ethics Lewis Headley Public Lecture, which will take place on Friday September 20th at Imperial College and focus on the important and timely topic of “Complex Decisions in Paediatric End of Life Care”.

This year’s lecture will feature a panel consisting of Stephanie Nimmo, Giles Birchley and Emma Nottingham and will be chaired by Prof Dominic Wilkinson.

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Lienkie Diedericks reports from the 25th Annual Conference for Medical Law – August 5th-9th, 2019 Tokyo, Japan

This blog post was written by Heilien (Lienkie) Diedericks, PhD candidate in Global Health & Social Medicine.

From the 5th to the 9th of August 2019, I had the pleasure to attend the 25th Annual Conference for the World Association for Medical Law (WAML) in Japan, Tokyo. It was a vibrant meeting consisting of more than 200 delegates from all over the world. One of the central aims of the 25th meeting was to ‘construct a bridge between medical law, bioethics and legal medicine’. Consequently, while most of the presentations were from a legal perspective, almost each paper attempted to tease out ethical implications arising from within (and without) their chosen legal frameworks. What was striking, however, was the absence of bioethics and medical ethics scholars both in presenting and attending the conference. I was one of the few presenters with a mainly bioethics/ethics background, and I found some of the legal discussions touching only superficially on ethically complex issues. As such, I believe this conference illustrates anew the need for sustained interdisciplinary collaboration between the medical legal profession, bioethics, and the medical humanities.

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Congratulations to Dr Rose Mortimer, Bioethics & Society alumna, now a doctor in philosophy and a published author!

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Dr Rose Mortimer, Bioethics & Society alumna, who was recently awarded her DPhil from the University of Oxford

Congratulations to Rose Mortimer Bioethics & Society alumna (class of 2016) for getting herself a PhD from Oxford, and for publishing a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry discussing the findings of her Master’s dissertation!

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Congratulations to Andrew Barnhart for his appointment as a Marie Curie Research Associate and PhD candidate in Biomedical Ethics and Law at KU Leuven!

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Andrew Barnhart, Bioethics & Society class of 2016

Many congratulations to Andrew Barnhart (Bioethics & Society, class of 2016), who recently obtained a position as a Marie Curie Research Associate at the Interfaculty Center of Biomedical Ethics and Law at KU Leuven in Belgium! Andrew will soon begin his Doctoral studies in September 2019 on a project surrounding the ethics of organoids as part of Organovir – an international consortium of academics, scientists, and early career research scholars. Here’s what Andrew had to say about the new adventure ahead:

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John Harris’ Seminar Wednesday June 5th 12 pm “Xenia: Refugees, Displaced Persons and Reciprocity”

Don’t miss this talk on Wednesday!

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Professor John Harris, visiting Professor for the Bioethics & Society MSc

Visiting Professor John Harris will give a very timely paper given the rough geopolitical times we are living in:

“Xenia: Refugees, Displaced Persons and Reciprocity”
When: Wednesday 5 June 2019, 
12:00 to 13:30

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