4 February 2021
by Roderick Bailey, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities
1 October 2020
What does a Gucci suit made in China have in common with a synthetic diamond or a forged painting?
2 June 2020
Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University, Imperial College London and two third-sector organisations, The McPin Foundation and Youth Era are collaborating to co-design and deliver online peer support training for young people aged 16-18 years old in the UK.
The impacts of exercise restriction and prescription on mental health during, and after, the UK lockdown
28 May 2020
In this week’s session, we will look at ways in which the lockdown measures restricting exercise on the one hand, and recommendations encouraging exercise on the other hand, impact mental health challenges in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ethical problems emerging from this topic are many and complex, including issues regarding triggering, risk assessment, access to support, and long-term effects which are still difficult to anticipate.
Measuring the measures: how can we, and should we, assess the physical and mental health impact of exercise restrictions in the past, the present, and the future?
21 May 2020
In this session, we will look at ways to assess physical and mental health outcomes in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown. In the light of these tools, we will discuss the ethical weight and imperatives of exercise restriction: is it feasible to assess the impact of lockdown measures specifically tied to exercise restrictions in a valid way? Which parameters should be included, and why? The effectiveness of the restrictions, and the balance of risks and benefits they entail, will determine the morality and acceptability of lockdowns now and in the future.
7 May 2020
A bird’s eye view on the ethics of exercise during COVID-19 lockdown measures
28 April 2020
In this episode of 'Thinking out loud' with Katrien Devolder from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, Professor Udo Schüklenk argues that it is morally permissible for doctors, nurses and other care workers to stop working if they lack PPE (personal protective equipment).
22 April 2020
Dominic Wilkinson from the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics has led a UK ethical framework for treatment decisions in acute paediatric settings during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Professor Wilkinson produced the framework along with RCPCH Clinical Lead, Dr Mike Linney, Chair of RCPCH Ethics and Law Committee.
17 April 2020
In this episode of 'Thinking out loud' with Katrien Devolder from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, Dr Agomoni Ganguli Mitra talks about how pandemics increase existing inequalities in societies.
17 April 2020
In this live event organised by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Erica Charters and Sally Shuttleworth take a look, both serious and light-hearted, at the treatment of health and disease in the past, in particular the period from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries when invalids were actively encouraged to travel.
8 April 2020
In this episode of 'Thinking out loud', Katrien Devolder and Dr Marco Vergano, intensive care specialist and Chair of the Ethics Section of the Italian Society for Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, talk about triage in the ICU during the Coronavirus pandemic, and the moral burden this causes.
3 April 2020
In this episode of 'Thinking out loud' Katrien Devolder from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, talks to philosopher Peter Singer about the causes of the coronavirus outbreak and what ought to be done to prevent future pandemics.
30 March 2020
In this episode of 'Thinking out loud' Katrien Devolder from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, announces a new Thinking Out Loud video series with philosophers and other experts discussing ethical issues raised by the corona-crisis.
24 March 2020
Self-isolation, lock-downs, economic chaos and closed borders: responses to today’s COVID-19 pandemic have their roots in history. In the past, there has also been panic-buying, attempted flight, fake news, quack remedies, beleaguered health authorities and a race for vaccines – all in the face of millions of deaths.
Infectious disease experts provide evidence for a coronavirus mobile app for instant contact tracing
17 March 2020
A team of medical research and bioethics experts at Oxford University are supporting several European governments to explore the feasibility of a coronavirus mobile app for instant contact tracing. If rapidly and widely deployed, the infectious disease experts believe such an app could significantly help to contain the spread of coronavirus.
28 January 2020
Governments, funders, and research bodies must take action to ensure that research is undertaken ethically during global health emergencies, says a new report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.