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?’

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

Mason Institute Writing Retreats

Mason Institute Writing Retreats

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. The Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day a writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks.

Mason Institute IAB 2016 Scholarship Awardees

Mason Institute IAB 2016 Scholarship Awardees

The Mason Institute (MI) is pleased to have awarded six scholarships to help outstanding international students attend the 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB 2016).

Ahead of this exciting event, taking place in Edinburgh on 14-17 June, MI asked its scholarship recipients to share what they hoped to get out of their attendance at IAB 2016, as well as a bioethics-related journal article that has influenced their work.

Apply Now for the 2015-16 Maclagan Prize PhD Scholarship

Apply Now for the 2015-16 Maclagan Prize PhD Scholarship

The Mason Institute is pleased to announce the 2015-16 Maclagan Prize Scholarship for a student already pursuing or wishing to pursue a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. The topic of the PhD research project must be within the broad areas and themes of the Mason Institute – that is, ethical, legal, social and political implications and impacts of new technologies and practices in medicine and the life sciences, which are likely to have an ever greater and deeper impact on the everyday lives of individuals, groups and societies. Please note this can be in ANY related discipline – not solely law.

MI Offers New Scholarship for Students to Attend IAB2016

MI Offers New Scholarship for Students to Attend IAB2016

The Mason Institute is pleased to announce a new scholarship for postgraduate students interested in attending the 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB 2016), to be held in Edinburgh in June 2016.

MI is committed to the capacity building of students wishing to develop their knowledge, presentation, research and enquiry skills in relation to developments at the interface between medicine, life sciences, ethics and the law. IAB 2016 will provide an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students to progress their research, engage with cutting-edge bioethics issues, and explore new ways of contributing to the wider community.

MI to Help Deliver Interoperability in Cross-Sectoral Data Sharing

Leslie Stevens and Nayha Sethi have been awarded University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Science Knowledge Exchange funding for a stakeholder workshop on “Delivering Interoperability in Cross-Sectoral Data Sharing for the Public Good.” The need to develop interoperable governance mechanisms that can facilitate data sharing across different sectors of public life is urgent and this project will explore what needs to happen to make this possible.

Partner Opportunity: Leverhulme Trust funded PhD in Medical Privacy

The University of Glasgow has recently announced a new Leverhulme Trust funded PhD on a project entitled, “Privacy: past, present, future”.

This project will analyse personal privacy in the context of (r)evolutions in methods for the collection, recording and sharing of medical information and samples. Such changes require the development of new regulatory frameworks to govern collections, which, in turn, impact on understandings of power, control and trust within, and beyond, patient-professional relations. Issues covered will include anonymisation/pseudonymisation of personal data; perceptions of public benefits and private commercial interests resulting from researchers having access to collections of personal information; and informed consent – especially regarding future uses of biological/genetic material held in longitudinal biobanks and personal information stored in databases.

Congratulations the University of Glasgow Great-Medico Legal Debate Team!

The Mason Institute held its second annual Great-Medico Legal Debate between students at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow. Chaired by Leslie Stevens of the Mason Institute in the University of Glasgow’s Debates Chambers on the 18th of February, the Glasgow and Edinburgh teams debated the question, “Should Scotland Legalise Assisted Suicide?”