New Council members

12 March 2013

The Council is delighted to announce the appointment of four new members from March 2013:  

Professor Peter Furness


Council welcomes ‘Dementia Friends’ scheme

12 February 2013

The Council welcomes today’s launch of the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends initiative which aims to improve public knowledge and understanding of dementia and to help create more ‘dementia friendly’ communities.

Council gives evidence on Wales organ donation Bill

6 February 2013

On 30 January, Council member Dr Tim Lewens gave evidence to the National Assembly for Wales Health and Social Care Committee on the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill.

New Working Party on biodata

18 January 2013

The Council has established a new Working Party to examine the ethical issues that arise in connection with genomics, health records, database linkage and privacy.

We are delighted to confirm that the members of this Working Party will be:

  • Professor Martin Richards, Emeritus Professor of Family Research, University of Cambridge (Chair)

  • Professor Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering, University of Cambridge

Opportunities for preparing background papers

14 January 2013

The Council is seeking individuals to support the forward planning work of the Council by preparing background papers on potential future topics. The papers will provide background material for the Council’s Forward Look Seminar (scheduled for May 2013) where Council members together with invited experts and commentators meet to discuss in detail a number of issues with a view to deciding whether they should be taken forward as future topics.

Box Office Bioethics: New judging panel for 2012-2013

11 January 2013

We are delighted to announce an exciting panel of judges for the second year of the Council’s student film competition, Box Office Bioethics.

This year’s panel includes five Council members and four special guest judges from a variety of backgrounds, with expertise in a wide range of subjects including film-making, bioethics and education.

Council members

Dr Rhona Knight

Trailer video for play on novel neurotechnologies

17 December 2012

The Council is collaborating on ‘Stunted trees and broken bridges’, the latest play from the Central YMCA’s national touring theatre company Y Touring. A trailer video for this production is now available.

Government and industry should do more to encourage social responsibility in biotechnology research and innovation

Press Release

13 December 2012

The Government and industry should take steps to ensure that research and development of new biotechnologies is carried out in accordance with social and ethical responsibilities, says a new report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Human bodies donation report: one year on

29 November 2012

Just over a year after the publication of the Council’s report Human bodies: donation for medicine and research, a record of relevant developments that have occurred since is now available. These include new NICE guidance on the management of organ donation services in order to maximise donations, and proposed changes in Wales to the requirements for consent to organ donation, in order to introduce an ‘opt-out’ system.

Education Advisory Group seeks new members

23 November 2012

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics engages in a number of educational activities to encourage discussion of bioethics amongst young people.