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Dr Skopek speaks on "The Ethics of Human Genome Enhancement"

When Apr 03, 2017 08:00 PM to
Apr 04, 2017 05:00 PM
Where Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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Dr Jeffrey Skopek

"The Ethics of Human Genome Enhancement"

Regulatory Issues Associated with Genome Editing and Gene Drive - The Regulation of Synthetic Biology in Asia

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

Matt Jordan to be featured panellist at Annual Student Human Rights Conference

When Mar 25, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Where Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
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On March 25th 2017, LML Research Assistant Matt Jordan will be speaking as a featured panellist at the Eighteenth Annual Student Human Rights Conference held by the University of Nottingham's Human Rights Law Centre.

As part of the conference, this year titled 'LGBT+ Rights in the 21st Century: Free and Equal?', Matt will sit on the panel 'Moving forward: Remaining barriers to equality'. He will present his research 'Lifetime Deferral from Blood Donation on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation: Prejudice or Prudence?', which advocates reform of blood donor screening and deferral policy, with particular reference to MSM.

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Dr Powles to Present Annual Lecture on Law and Emerging Technologies at the University of Leeds

When Mar 22, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where LG.06, School of Law, Liberty Building, University of Leeds
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On 22 March 2017, LML member Dr. Julia Powles will be delivering the Annual Lecture on Law and Emerging Technologies at the University of Leeds. Her topic is ‘Data Kingdoms and Keys: The Case of Google and the NHS’. It focuses in particular on her recently published paper on Google DeepMind, discussed further here.

 More information about this event can be found here.

Dr Liddell to chair Science Festival panel "Who Owns Us?"

When Mar 17, 2017
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Cambridge
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On Friday 17th March, Dr Liddell will be chairing a panel discussion entitled "Who owns us?" as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. This panel will explore the knotty legal, ethical and social issues associated with the medical use of patient material (such as tissue, cells and antibodies), as well as data.

Why is it well established in the law that we do NOT own ourselves, or even parts of our bodies? But scientists and companies are allowed to own and trade our body parts? Is it ethical for human bodies or body parts to be property? Why does it matter who owns human body parts? How is it possible to patent human genes which have existed for thousands of years - surely human genes are the quintessential example of unpatenable discoveries of Nature? And why do people talk constantly of owning data and information, but judicial opinion is that there is no property in information?  

Dr Skopek to present at Symposium on Legal, Ethical and Scientific Challenges in International Biobanking

When Mar 16, 2017
Where University of Copenhagen
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On March 16th 2017, Dr Skopek is to give a talk entitled "Big Data, Health Predictions, and Privacy" at Global Genes, Local Concerns: A Symposium on Legal, Ethical and Scientific Challenges in International Biobanking at the University of Copenhagen.

More information can be found here.

Dr Liddell to be panellist at 'Is earlier necessarily better?' Cambridge Science Festival ED event

When Mar 15, 2017
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where McCrum Lecture Theatre, Cambrigde
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On Wednesday 15th March, Dr Liddell will be a panellist at the Cambridge Science Festival Early Detection event 'Is earlier necessarily better?'.

Further details can be found here.

Panellists will discuss the following sorts of issues: Of course it is beneficial in many situations to detect cancer earlier. But when is it not necessarily better? What issues are contentious amongst scientists? Does 'watchful waiting' work? What are the legal implications of failing to detect cancer as early as possible? Or detecting it early but the patient cannot be helped and instead suffers years of worry? Is it ethical to offer or insist upon population screening for early detection of cancer which saves several lives but causes stress and worry for hundreds, and leads some to have unnecessary surgical interventions? Who decides the acceptability of controversial population health screens? What say to members of the public have?

 

Dr Liddicoat to speak at New York Law School Scholarship Luncheon

When Mar 14, 2017
from 01:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where New York City, New York
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In a talk entitled "What is the Practical Significance of Myriad for Genomic Medicine?", Dr Liddicoat will present a point of view emerging from a detailed quantitative study.    

This study focuses on how the Supreme Court decision of Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc has affected claims to naturally occurring nucleotides as composition of matter.  The methodology has been to identify and examine patent applications that were pending when the Myriad case was decided. In particular the study has looked at how patent applicants  amended their pending claims to comply with the judicial decision handed down in Myriad. This time period and patent amending activity serves as a real-time legal experiment that casts light on the impact of the Myriad decision; different from the opinion-based views prominent in literature to date.

A descriptive statistical analysis of how claims have changed post-Myriad will be presented, as well as several case studies demonstrating these changes. In addition, John will present recently-acquired data from interviews with technology-transfer experts on how these amended claims have affected business strategies at biotech organisations.

Dr Liddicoat to be Visiting Research Fellow at New York Law School

When Feb 27, 2017 12:20 PM to
Mar 14, 2017 12:20 PM
Where Tribeca, New York City, New York
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Dr Liddicoat will be spending two weeks as a visiting research fellow at New York Law School, in Tribeca, New York City, New York. Collaborating with leading academics at the Law School, John will advance the project “Realising Genomic Medicine”. In particular, he will conduct interviews with technology transfer experts at leading biotech organisations. 

Mr Colm McGrath to present talk "Medical advice, communication and comprehension" at CPD study day for MDU medico-legal advisers.

When Mar 14, 2017
Where London, UK
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This talk will focus on the non-obvious implications of the Montgomery decision. For example it will identify the less obvious range of situations to which the Montgomery decision is likely to apply, and also the less obvious practitioners who are likely to be affected.

Colm will present the view that Montgomery is likely to be relevant to a broad range of communications within a patient’s healthcare experience (not merely disclosures about the riskiness of a particular surgery or treatment) and that as such it will affect healthcare professionals other than doctors.

Colm's presentation will conclude with a discussion of the recent Court of Appeal decision in Worrall v Antoniadou and the extent to which a practitioner must ensure a patient’s comprehension of information that is disclosed.

Saimo Chahal QC to speak on 'To Die or not to Die: Assisted Dying in England and Wales - The current legal, moral and social issues'

When Mar 07, 2017
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where G24, Faculty of Law
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Saimo Chahal QC

"To Die or not to Die: Assisted Dying in England and Wales - The current legal, moral and societal issues."  

March 7, 2017 at 6pm

Faculty of Law, room G24

 

Saimo Chahal is a leading figure in public law, human rights and international law.  

She has acted as the solicitor in the leading assisted suicide cases that have been decided by the UK's Supreme Court and House of Lords:  R (Jane Nicklinson and Paul Lamb) v The Ministry of Justice & the DPP & The Attorney General UKSC [2013]  and  R (Debbie Purdy) v The Director of Public Prosecutions (2009) UKHL 45.   Further legal challenges to the law prohibiting assisted suicide are imminent and will be heard in the courts this year.

In April 2014, Ms Chahal was awarded the title of Honorary QC in recognition of her major contribution to the development of the law of England and Wales. The title has only been awarded to about 115 solicitors.

 She is listed in the Thompson Reuter’s Top 100 Super lawyers List, and in January 2016, she was listed in the BLD's (Black Lawyers Directory) first ever “Movers and Shakers” list of the most influential and powerful black lawyers.

 

 

Dr Liddicoat to speak at Molecular Med Tri-Con 2017

When Feb 23, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 02:30 PM
Where Moscone Conference Centre, San Francisco
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Dr Liddicoat will present a detailed quantitative study of how the Supreme Court decision of Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc. has affected claims to naturally occurring nucleotides as composition of matter. This study focuses on patent applications that were pending when the case was decided and how the applicants have amended their claims to comply with the holding in Myriad. A descriptive statistical analysis of how claims have changed post-Myriad will be presented, as well as several case studies demonstrating these changes.

Dr Skopek speaks on "Big Data’s Epistemology and Its Implications for Precision Medicine and Privacy"

When Jan 24, 2017
from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science
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On January 24th 2017, Dr Jeff Skopek (Deputy Director of LML) presented “Big Data’s Epistemology and Its Implications for Precision Medicine and Privacy” at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.

Dr Skopek presents at "Digital Health 2017"

When Jan 18, 2017
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where The Shard, London
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Dr Skopek will present in a session on "Digital Platforms and New Ways of Caring” at Digital Health 2017: Transforming Lives by Innovating Healthcare, which will be held at The Shard, London, on 18 Jan 2017.  

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Ms Stevie Martin on Early Detection of Cancer: Legal and Ethical issues

When Jan 16, 2017
from 02:35 PM to 03:30 PM
Where CRUK Cambridge Institute
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PhD Candidate Ms Stevie Martin will present "Issues for health, medicine and society arising from early detection of cancer", at the Early Detection Programme Annual Meeting. 

Workshop on the legal issues of "Diseased Kidney Transplantation": A Possibility of extended criteria donors?

When Dec 11, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Tokyo, Japan
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In November 2006, 42 patients were revealed to have received kidneys transplanted from unrelated living donors suffering from renal diseases.  The procedures took place in a few hospitals within a restricted area in Japan, and all were performed by one doctor. There was no ethical discussion in the hospitals nor any reports to the public. In March 2007, the four main medical societies of Japan announced their opposition to such cases on the basis that it was not medically acceptable to transplant diseased kidneys. 

The doctor responsible for the controversial procedures justifies the  transplantations based on the right to self-determination of both donors and recipients. He also asserts that it will help solve the organ shortage crisis. In spite of the opposition of main medical societies, he and his group continued this method of transplantation as a clinical study at their hospitals. In July 2007, the administrative guideline of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan introduced a new clause prohibiting doctors from transplanting a “diseased kidney” except as part of clinical research.

In 2016, the team reapplied to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan for this method to be adopted as advanced medical care. Several patient groups and legal scholars support the position. Others legal scholars assert that “diseased kidney transplantation” lacks medical indication or medical adequacy (lege artis) and does not constitute a “justification of injury (with consent)”.

Transplanting diseased kidneys could be said to be part of the recent development of “extended criteria (or marginal) donors”. On the other hand, it is particularly controversial due to low survival rates of renal transplantation recipients and grafts from living donors with preexistent renal diseases.

The conflicts are fundamentally linked to the lack of legal regulations on living organ transplantation in Japan.

A Workshop has been convened to discuss the issues surrounding “diseased kidney transplantation”, including the necessity and validity of legalizing living donor organ transplantation and the legal position in foreign countries.

The event 'Workshop on the legal issues of "Diseased Kidney Transplantation": A Possibility of extended criteria donors' will be held on 11 December; organised by Prof. Yuji Shiroshito (recent Visiting Scholar with the LML; Hokkaido University) and attended by Dr. Matt Dyson (University of Oxford; research collaborator with LML), who will be a keynote speaker.

 

Dr Liddicoat to be panelist at PHG Foundation conference, 'Personalized health: making the most of genomics'

When Nov 29, 2016
from 09:40 AM to 03:50 PM
Where Robinson College, Cambridge
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On 29 November 2016, the PHG Foundation will host a conference at Robinson College, Cambridge titled ‘Personalised healthcare: making the most of genomics’. This conference will highlight exciting scientific developments driving new healthcare opportunities. Dr Liddicoat will be on a panel titled The Shape of Things to Come. In addition to Dr Liddicoat, this panel will feature experts from Illumina, Wellcome Genome Campus and Congenica. Dr Liddicoat will speak on how patent law may be shaping genomic medicine.

Dr Liddicoat to Present at Cambridge Enterprise and Technology Club

When Nov 24, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
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On 24 November 2016, the Cambridge Enterprise and Technology Club will host a seminar on Precision Medicine at St John’s Innovation Centre. This seminar will highlight some of the challenges faced by innovators developing precision medicines and is designed for a lay audience of business people. Dr Liddicoat’s presentation will focus on patent-based issues, with reference to recent US and European legal decisions. 

LML members participate in Philomathia Symposium on "Body Politics"

When Nov 18, 2016
from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
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The Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme is committed to bringing together sciences and the social sciences in order to inform policy debate.  The theme of this year’s Symposium is "Body Politics:  The Dilemmas of Regulating New Technologies."  Several members of LML will be involved.   More... 

Dr Skopek on “Three Puzzles for Animal Rights: Cows, Lions, and Featherless Chickens”

When Nov 17, 2016
from 06:15 PM to 07:45 PM
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Dr Jeffrey M. Skopek

“Three Puzzles for Animal Rights: Cows, Lions, and Featherless Chickens”

17 November 2016

6:15 – 7:45pm

Faculty of Law, Room G28

This talk is part of the lecture series Talking Animals, Law and Philosophy

Dr Liddicoat to Present at Workshop on Gene Editing

When Nov 13, 2016
from 03:45 PM to 04:00 PM
Where University of Tasmania, Australia
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On 13 November 2016, Dr Liddicoat will present at a workshop in Australia on gene editing. This workshop will include sessions on: the science of gene editing; regulation and governance; and how recent legal decisions may affect the development of new applications of gene editing technology. Dr Liddicoat’s presentation will focus on the implications of recent patent law decisions (on patentable subject matter) for the development of gene editing-based human therapies.

Dr Liddicoat to Present at Workshop on Material Transfer Agreements

When Nov 10, 2016
from 10:10 AM to 10:30 AM
Where Tasmania, Australia
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On 10 November 2016, Dr Liddicoat will present at a workshop in Australia on material transfer agreements (MTAs). Broadly speaking, MTAs are contracts that govern the transfer of materials between organisations and are commonly employed by research institutions such as universities. This workshop will include sessions on access and benefit sharing, intellectual property, and evidence on how MTAs both assist and hinder the transfer of materials. 

WYNG Hatton Lecture 2016 - "Data Protection in an Age of User-Generated Content"

When Nov 09, 2016
from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
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The majority personal information available online is now in some sense user-generated and most of this is subsequent to further processing by service providers pushing, structuring and aggregating the content. The new ecosystem raises unprecedented challenges for the data protection framework both as regards the safeguarding of users themselves and the allocation of responsibility between them and service providers for the protection of the rights of other individuals who may be identifiable in the published data. 

In the annual WYNG-Hatton Lecture, delivered on 9 November 2016 at the University of Hong Kong, Dr David Erdos explored these issues from both an historical and contemporary perspective concentrating especially on the case examples of health discussion forums, the publication of data from internet of things tracking devices and the responsibilities of search engines in the wake of the "right to be forgotten" ruling in Google Spain (2014).

A video recording of this lecture has kindly been made available by the University of Hong Kong here.

Slides are available here.

 

 

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David Erdos (LML), with HKU's CMEL and McGill's CGP, to host Repositioning Privacy and Transparency in Data-intensive Research and Data-driven Regulation

When Nov 08, 2016
from 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Where University of Hong Kong
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Fast evolving data-intensive research and the booming data-driven economy have profoundly affected the traditional regimes of both privacy protection and government transparency. In particular, the sharing and secondary use of personal data are becoming prominent in biomedical research, health services, and public governance, along with debates over its desirability and compatibility with existing legal and ethical standards which are often in tension.

This workshop will examine the seemingly conflicting needs of data protection and open data (or data sharing) in different contexts of research and regulation that form parts of the new data landscape. It will highlight the changes in the diverse and often competing interests that underlie privacy and transparency, including such as human health promotion, public safety, personal dignity, and democratic accountability. By bringing scholars of health law, genomic studies, medical ethics, privacy law, and government transparency, etc., the workshop seeks to provide critiques of the concepts, principles or institutions of data control, especially those in Canada, UK, EU (concerning the General Data Protection Regulation), Taiwan, and China. It will also explore alternative ways to ease the complicated tension between privacy concerns and transparency needs.

This workshop is a joint effort of researchers from HKU Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, the McGill University Centre for Genomics and Policy, and the University of Cambridge  Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences. Dr David Erdos is the key organiser for LML.

Dr Liddicoat to Give Talk on Challenges for Early-career Academics

When Nov 07, 2016
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where University of Tasmania, Australia
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On 7 November 2016, Dr Liddicoat will give a talk to postgraduate students and early career researchers in social sciences at the University of Tasmania. His talk will focus on challenges faced in developing an academic career, some of the topics to be discussed include: finishing postgraduate studies; finding a work-life balance; employment; applying for funding; and emotional wellbeing. 

Dr Liddell to present at roundtable seminar on Precision Medicine

When Nov 07, 2016
from 12:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Where University of Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia
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On 7 November 2016, Dr. Liddell will be the key presenter at a roundtable seminar on 'Precision Medicine: IP, Regulatory and Ethical Challenges', held at the Melbourne Law School. This seminar will address Changing Landscapes in IP and Precision Medicine, and the legal and ethical challenges in Precision Medicine.

Dr Skopek on big data and privacy at the Biodata World Congress 2016

When Oct 26, 2016
from 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM
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Dr Skopek is an invited speaker and panelist at the BioData World Congress, to be held at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, on 26-27 Oct 2016.  

He will participate in a roundtable discussion on "Genomic Data Privacy" with co-panelists James Weatherall (Executive Director & Head, Advanced Analytics Centre, AstraZeneca), Anna Middleton (Head of Social Science and Ethics, Wellcome Genome Campus), John Taysom (Board Member & Non-Executive Director, Web Science Trust, Senior Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University), and Hilary Newiss (Chair, National Voices).  

He will then present a paper titled: "Privacy in Numbers? Biological Bodies of Data, Big Data's Epistemology, and the Legal and Ethical Status of Health Inferences."

For more information, see the conference website

Dr Liddell to be a panellist at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

When Oct 24, 2016
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
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Dr Kathy Liddell will be a panellist at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on 24 October 2016. Using excerpts from the BBC Horizons programme “Are health tests really a good idea” the event will will look at the use of cancer screening tests and an invited panel of experts representing the social, legal, anthropological, psychological, ethical and medical fields will debate the issue with the audience.

See here for further information.

Mr Colm McGrath to present ‘Malpractice as Lex Specialis: European and English Models’

When Oct 01, 2016
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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Mr Colm McGrath will be presenting a lecture entitled ‘Malpractice as Lex Specialis: European and English Models’ at a seminar hosted by the 
Associazione Scientifica Aquilia in Rome on 1 October 2016. 
  
For more inofrmation about the Associazione Scientifica Aquilia, see here

Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy

When Sep 09, 2016 08:00 AM to
Sep 10, 2016 06:00 PM
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Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy

Workshop on 'The Legal Status of Intersex Persons'

When Jul 21, 2016 09:00 AM to
Jul 22, 2016 05:00 PM
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Following on from the 2013 International Conference on the Legal Status of Transsexual and Transgender Persons, and the recent publication by Intersentia of  The Legal Status of Transsexual and Transgender Persons (edited by Dr Jens Scherpe) – which was referred to by Lord Wilson in recent proceedings before the UK Supreme Court [see linked footage at approximately 29:40] – the Cambridge Family Law Centre will be hosting a workshop on 'The Legal Status of Intersex Persons' on 21-22 July 2016.

Several jurisdictions now allow for persons to be registered as neither male nor female, and participants at the workshop, organised jointly by Prof. Anatol Dutta (Regensburg), Prof. Tobias Helms (Marburg) and Dr Jens Scherpe (Cambridge), will present on and discuss the current laws from various jurisdictions, their obvious shortcomings and which next reform steps need to be taken.

Also, papers will be presented on the legal history of intersex, the international human rights perspectives as well as medical and theological views on intersex as well as.

Attendance at the workshop is by invitation only.