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Ethics Research

Is gene editing one step too far?

Gene editing could eliminate some diseases - but at what cost to the future of the human race? What is the true risk of gene editing? Originally discovered by a researcher from Osaka University in 1987, gene editing could … Read More

by Ashley Smith, 10th December 2018

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Ethics

The Ethics of Guide Dogs

For over 80 years guide dogs have been aiding blind people to live more active and fulfilling lives. However, a recent discussion on ITV’s popular breakfast show ‘Good Morning Britain’ raised the question; “is training … Read More

by Ashley Smith, 19th November 2018

Ethics Research

Research ethics are especially relevant in the face of pandemics

Newly emerging pandemics like Covid-19 raise many ethical issues for medical staff. Especially - If there are no available treatments, should you improvise based on anecdotal evidence? As with most ethical issues - the answers … Read More

by Ashley Smith, 24th April 2020

Vaccination
Ethics

Mandatory Vaccinations: A Moral Dilemma?

The invention of vaccinations is often regarded as one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. No other medical intervention has single-handedly saved as many lives or improved quality of life as much. However, recent … Read More

by Kallie Price, 1st April 2019

Ethics Research

National Research Administrator Day – here’s to you!

Today is National Research Administrator Day – a special annual event to recognise the essential contribution that administrators make to research across the globe. Research Administrators have many roles, from providing compliance … Read More

by Ashley Smith, 24th September 2020

vaccines & money
Ethics Research

What tools are ethical in the fight against anti-vaccers?

The anti-vaccination movement is a relatively new, largely US phenomenon. It has been roundly criticised in medical circles. However, it stems from a desire (albeit perhaps misguided) of parents to do what’s best for … Read More

by Ashley Smith, 20th July 2018

Can year's of pain really be written off as
Ethics Research

“Women’s Problems”

The UK government has been asked to apologise to women who have suffered years of pain after their concerns over medical procedures and drugs were written off as “women’s problems.” Back in January 2014, I wrote a … Read More

by Ashley Smith, 8th July 2020

Could dual-use research help the fight against Covid-19?
Ethics Research

Covid-19 and the armoured scorpion of death

The rather euphemistic term “dual-use research" has been around for some time. It is the name given to research that could just as easily help or harm humanity – for example think of a revolutionary new chemical manufacturing … Read More

by Ashley Smith, 5th June 2020

Medical Device
Research

FDA launches four case studies to explain medical device regulation

The National Medical Device Curriculum is a set of four fictitious case studies intended to help academic institutions and medtech companies understand US FDA’s medical device regulatory … Read More

by Ashley Smith, 18th July 2014

Stress
Social Care

Do Employers Have A Responsibility For Their Employees’ Mental Wellbeing?

Do Employers Have A Responsibility For Their Employees’ Mental Wellbeing? With an estimated 1 in 4 people exeriencing a mental health problem in any given year, it is perhaps unsurprising that our mental wellbeing is … Read More

by Kallie Price, 10th August 2018