The Council is delighted to have been awarded a Public Engagement grant by the Wellcome Trust to hold a deliberative workshop on the provision of bodily material for medical treatment and research.

Co-applicant Opinion Leader, a research-based consultancy, will jointly organise and facilitate the workshop, to be held on 26 July 2010 at the At Bristol Science Centre.

The workshop aims to find out the views of 40 people drawn from a cross-section of the UK community on the ethical issues raised by the provision of bodily material, such as organs, eggs and sperm, for medical treatment and research. At the event, the participants will discuss scenarios that demonstrate the range of ethical issues involved.

A detailed report of the outcomes will form an important part of the evidence considered by the Council’s Working Party on human bodies in medicine and research. Both the report of the workshop and the Working Party’s final report, which will include recommendations for policy makers, will be published in autumn 2011.

We are very grateful to the Wellcome Trust and the At Bristol Science Centre for their support for this event.

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