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Lectures and Seminars

09/07/2007 10:39:04

Discussion, Papers, Presentations on Science
and Technology Studies

Every Thursday 12:30pm, IAS Meeting Room 4 Always informal. Always a mixture from across the campus.

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“Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding the Involvement of Children in Health Care Research”

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September 2007
Led by Professor Hazel Biggs and Dr Sara Fovargue
Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law and Lancaster University Law School

Involving children in health care research is controversial, particularly in the light of the events at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary. Interestingly, however, it is a relatively under-explored topic, especially within UK legal literature. In this seminar we are seeking to instigate discussion and further investigation of the ethical and legal implications of involving children in health care research.

The seminar represents the early stages of an on-going research collaboration and will begin with a one-day seminar in Lancaster that has been funded by the Modern Law Review Seminars scheme. The seminar is designed to bring together invited participants and other academics, clinicians and researchers to identify, discuss and debate key legal and ethical issues within the area. We intend that participants will engage in dialogue with one another in order to generate free flowing discussion of relevant aspects of the debate and develop the themes that will eventually coalesce into a coherent body of work around the issue.

The seminar will involve informal presentations by key participants together with round table debate and discussion amongst the delegates. It is anticipated that both individual and jointly authored/collaborative