The Great Medico-Legal Debate 2017

When health care professionals  receive a patient’s predictive genetic information should they owe a legal duty to disclose this information to genetic relatives?

The Mason Institute warmly invites you to attend the fourth annual Great Medico-Legal Debate 2017 where debate rivals, University of Edinburgh and Glasgow will consider issues of privacy, autonomy, and the physician-patient relationship arising over medical genetics.

The debate is being held at the University of Glasgow’s Student Union Drawing Room on Friday 24 February 2017 at 18:00 during the University of Edinburgh’s Festival of Creative Learning Week (20-24 February 2017). 

The Mason Institute is providing prearranged transportation to Glasgow for University of Edinburgh staff and students to attend the debate with Ratho Coaches. We are unable to provide transportation for those unaffiliated with the University for insurance reasons.

If travelling from the University of Edinburgh, space is limited on the coach so please reserve your seat on Eventbrite by registering for the ticket ‘University of Edinburgh Attendee’. All non-University of Edinburgh attendees may also register to attend on Eventbrite under the ticket option ‘Non-University of Edinburgh Attendee’. 

Seats on the coach will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. The coach will leave Edinburgh from Chambers Street (adjacent to Old College) at approximately 16:15. A reception will immediately follow the debate and at approximately 20:30 the coach will return to Edinburgh. All information regarding transport to the event will be updated on the Eventbrite page.

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PLEASE NOTE: This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties. For further information please contact the organiser Leslie Stevens at

The Great Medico-Legal Debate 2017 The right to know and the duty to tell: ‘Should there be a right to be informed about a family member’s genetic disorder?’