New guidance on transcranial magnetic stimulation echoes Council’s call for more evidence collection

23 January 2014

New guidance from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) reflects some key recommendations of the Council’s report on novel neurotechnologies.

Seeking new Council member with a philosophy background

13 January 2014

The Council has a broad membership which is revisited from time to time to ensure that it includes the appropriate experience and expertise. We are now seeking applications for a new Council member with a background in philosophy. 

Fact-finding meeting on cross-border data sharing

10 January 2014

The Council’s Working Party on biological and health data held its fourth fact-finding meeting on 8 January 2014. The meeting focused on issues relating to international data sharing, and the Working Party heard from the following experts:

  • Katherine Littler, Policy Advisor, Wellcome Trust

  • Jonathan Sellors, Legal Counsel, UK Biobank

  • Dennis Kehoe, CEO, AIMES Grid Services

Demanding Dilemmas radio series now broadcasting

9 January 2014

Demanding Dilemmas, a children’s radio series supported by the Council, is currently airing on Fun Kids radio station.

The ten part series features characters Bene and Mal and is written for 6 to 12 year olds. It aims to introduce children and parents to basic concepts of bioethics and promote discussion of a range of topical issues.

New look web page for our bioethics teaching resources

7 January 2014

Did you know that the Council produces teaching resources to support discussion and debate of a wide range of bioethics topics? The resources are free to download from this new and refreshed section of the website, which we hope will make it easier to view the range of activities and find the specific topics you are interested in.

Bioethics Fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

26 November 2013

The Council and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) have today announced a new Fellowship to help promote informed debate of bioethics among Parliamentarians.

The Council is funding a three-month Fellowship based at POST each year for the next three years, and applications for 2014 are now open.

Young people discuss biological and health data at 'unconference'

20 November 2013

Susan Wallace of the Council’s Working Party on biological and health data addressed 280 secondary school students during the third annual L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre unconference at the Royal Institution on Friday 15 November.

Council to support Fun Kids ‘Demanding Dilemmas’ radio series

15 November 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Council is supporting children’s radio station Fun Kids to develop educational radio features that introduce children and parents to basic concepts of bioethics and aims to promote discussion of a range of topical issues. 

Personal Genome Project launches in the UK

7 November 2013

Today has seen the launch of Personal Genome Project UK, an organisation seeking 100,000 UK volunteers to have their genomes sequenced. Their sequence analysis data will be made available to the volunteers and to researchers around the globe. The project is uses an ‘open consent’ model: information attached to each individual’s record will be published online and will not be anonymised.

Ethics body seeks views on ‘big data’ in biomedicine

Press Release

17 October 2013

How should researchers, public services and entrepreneurs make use of the ever increasing volume and variety of biomedical data now being collected? What implications do such uses have for the privacy of individuals?

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has today launched a consultation to seek people’s views on the ethical issues that arise in relation to the linking, analysis and use of biological and health data.