Dr Catherine Heeny is a Deputy Director at the Mason Institute. Since September 2009 Catherine has been employed on an independent research project funded by the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in the Instituto de Filosofía in Madrid. The project explores the ethical and social parameters of collaboration using the case of a Spanish biomedical research network investigating genetic factors in the development of a common disease. Catherine worked as an assistant to the Spanish Bioethics Committee between September 2009 and September 2010 and prior to this as a Researcher at The Ethox Centre, within the Department of Public Health, Oxford University. Here she worked on two projects: the Governing Genetic Databases project funded by the Wellcome Trust and an EU funded scientific multi partner biomedical network exploring ethical and social issues in relation to a gene array technology to aid treatment decisions. Her interdependent areas of interest include how to combine moral philosophy and ethics with an empirical especially an STS approach to biomedical practice; the sharing and use of large scale statistical and medical data resources and scientific collaboration. From January 2014 Catherine will begin work on the Wellcome Trust funded, Making of Genomic Medicine project under the leadership of Dr Steve Sturdy at the department of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at Edinburgh University. Her particular focus within this wider project will be upon the construction and role of the notion of genomic risk.