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October 2016

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Recent event: One-day symposium on Irish bioethics (World Bioethics Day), 10am – 4.15pm, 19th October 2016, NUI Galway

UNESCO Bioethics Ireland (Irish unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics) is organised a one day symposium on Irish bioethics as part of a series of international events marking ‘World Bioethics Day’ on the 19th October 2016. The events marked the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights by the 33rd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on the 19th of October 2005.

The symposium consisted of a series of presentations on the following topics:

  • The role of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics: current challenges in the Irish context.
  • Bioethics in Northern Ireland: possible implications of Brexit on research and regulation on the island of Ireland.
  • Training needs for research ethics committees.
  • Ethical governance in healthcare.
  • The Cultural Context of Developing Science Policy; Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Ireland.
  • Acts, Omissions, and Assisted Death: Some Reflections on the Marie Fleming Case.
  • Human Enhancement and the Quest for Hyperagency.
  • Genetics and society: ethics, justice and changing beliefs.

The event was opened by Professor Pat Dolan (UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement, NUI Galway) and speakers included: Professor David Smith (RCSI), Dr Tom Walker (Queens University Belfast), Dr Heike Felzmann (NUI Galway), Dr Louise Campbell (NUI Galway and Clinical Ethics Ireland), Dr Gemma Moore (HSE), Annie McKeown O’Donovan (NUI Galway), Dr John Danaher (NUI Galway) and Dr Oliver Feeney (NUI Galway).

The event took take place in Seminar Room 203 (the original Moore Institute seminar room located near the Geography department), NUI Galway.

The final programme is available here.

Many thanks to all who attended! If you have left your email on the mailing list form, we will be shortly in touch. If you could not attend, but would wish to be on the mailing list, please get in touch.

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