Mental disorders and genetics: the ethical context


Published 01/09/1998

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Research into the genetics of mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression, may help diagnosis and treatment. This report considers the ethical concerns raised, for example, around reproductive decisions and stigma.
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Positions held correct at September 1998

Dame Fiona Caldicott (Chairman)

Principal of Somerville College, University of Oxford, and formerly President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Mr Chris Barchard

Chairman of VOICES, the user group within the National Schizophrenia Fellowship

Professor John Haldane

Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs, University of St Andrews.

Lady Hornby

Chairman of Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust and member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Professor Peter McGuffin

Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine

Nigel Pleming QC

Vice Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission from 1994 to 1996

Professor Martin Richards

Director of the Centre for Family Studies, University of Cambridge

Professor Pamela Taylor

Professor in Special Hospital Psychiatry, at Broadmoor Hospital and the Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry

Dr Andrew Wilkie

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, and an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics

Ms Sally Young

Personnel Executive, Occupational Health, Welfare Services and Equal Opportunities, Marks and Spencer