The Council is delighted to announce the appointment of six new members from January 2009.

Professor Steve Brown FMedSci

Steve Brown is Director of the Medical Research Council Mammalian Genetics Unit in Harwell, Oxfordshire. He is Editor of Mammalian Genome and was a member of the Council’s Working Party on the ethics of animal research. He specialises in mouse and mammalian genetics, with a particular interest in the genetic bases of hearing loss.

Professor Robin Gill

Robin Gill is Michael Ramsey Chair of Modern Theology and Founding Chair of the Research Ethics and Governance Committee at the University of Kent. He was Chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Medical Ethics Advisory Committee 1993-2006. He has published a number of books on theological aspects of bioethics including Christian ethics and values, health care and genetics.

Professor Graeme Laurie FRSE

Graeme Laurie is Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. His research interests include the role of law in promoting and regulating science, medicine and technology. He was a member of the Council’s Working Party on the Forensic use of bioinformation: ethical issues.

Dr Tim Lewens

Tim Lewens is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge. He has been Co-Chair of the Cambridge Bioethics Forum since 2002. His primary research interests are the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and bioethics.

Professor Ottoline Leyser CBE FRS

Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Developmental Genetics and Chair of the Biology Department Research Committee at the University of York. She is a Member of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Strategy Advisory Board and Chair of the BBSRC Bioscience Skills and Careers Strategy Panel. In 2009 she was awarded a CBE for services to plant science.

Professor Anneke Lucassen

Anneke Lucassen is Professor of Clinical Genetics and Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist, University of Southampton Cancer Sciences Division and The Wessex Clinical Genetics Service. Her main clinical and research interests are cancer genetics, cardiogenetics and primary care genetics including social, ethical and legal aspects. She is co-chair of the Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust Clinical Ethics Committee and cofounder of the UK Genethics Club.