Our people

Dr Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care Ethics at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. In this role, he also directs undergraduate medical ethics, law and professionalism education in Oxford’s Clinical School, and the Ethox Centre’s graduate research training programme within the Nuffield Department of Population Health. Dr Dunn’s academic research interests span a range of issues in healthcare ethics, social care ethics, and health law. The predominant focus of his current work seeks to address ethical questions presented by the development and expansion of community-based and long-term care practice, law and policy – both in the UK and internationally. He is the author of over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these topic areas. Two co-edited books have recently been published, including Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (CUP, 2016), and a further book, Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd ed, co-authored with Tony Hope, will be published shortly (OUP, 2018). Dr Dunn holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, and he has held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Tokyo, the University of Oslo, the University of Bradford, and the Hastings Center, New York. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Book Reviews Editor of Ethics and Social Welfare, and a member of both clinical and research ethics committees.

Dr Brandy Schillace

Brandy Schillace_2Brandy Schillace, (skil-a-chay) PhD, works at the intersections of medicine, history, technology, and literature. Her recent publications include Death's Summer Coat (on the cultural practices of death and dying) and Clockwork Futures (a social history of technology)—while her current project explores the history of organ transplant and brain death. Brandy has delivered keynotes on health, humanities and ethics from New York to Oslo, Oxford to Beijing. She has appeared on Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum, the John Fugelsang Show, public radio and various podcasts, and has developed public programming for museums and curricula for universities. As an author, historian, and public intellectual, Brandy seeks to bring the unique stories of the past to life–for our greatest innovations and loftiest triumphs come most frequently from the arena where science and story meet. She brings this perspective to her role as Editor-in-chief of BMJ's Medical Humanities Journal (London). Under her leadership, the journal's mission and purview has expanded, providing for an international conversation around medicine and its engagement with the humanities, social sciences, health policy, and the public. Cultural context opens the door to understanding that medicine is more than tech, and patients more than their conditions. She hopes to further the scope of the journal to the Global South, and will be publishing the first special issue on South Africa in December 2018.

Dr Selena Knight - Education Committee

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I graduated from King’s College London School of Medicine and am currently working as a GP Registrar in Westminster. My interest in bioethics began when I did an intercalated BSc in the subject in 2009 and since then I have been involved in regularly teaching medical students and have designed an ethics teaching programme at Imperial College. I sit as a member of the Imperial College NHS Trust Clinical Ethics Committee and am very interested in exploring how healthcare professionals can be better supported in ethical decision making. I have been an internship at the World Health Organization’s Global Health Ethics Unit where I worked on projects on ethical issues faced in epidemics and when working in disasters.

As well as being a GP I work part time as an Academic Clinical Fellow researching ethical issues in resource allocation decision-marking and public health at King’s College London.

When not working I enjoy reading, playing the piano, skiing and snowboarding, and travelling to adventurous places.


Dr Jonathan Ives - Grants & Awards Committee

Jon IvesJon joined the University of Bristol's Centre for Ethics in Medicine in 2016, and is Deputy Director of the Centre as well as Co-Director of postgraduate research at Bristol Medical School

Jon initially trained in Philosophy, obtaining a BA and M.Phil from the University of Birmingham between 2000-2004. In 2004 he began a Wellcome Trust funded PhD in Biomedical Ethics and Law at the University of Birmingham's Medical School, graduating in 2007 and going on to spend a year as a research fellow on an NIHR funded project. In 2008 he obtained a lectureship at the University of Birmingham and worked there for 8 years before moving to Bristol.

Jon's work is located in the field of Bioethics, and covers a broad spectrum of topics and methodologies. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, trained in both Philosophical and Social Science research methods, with experience in a range of mixed-method research.  His interests, however, are focussed on normative questions around biomedicine and healthcare.

He has published widely on the theory and methodology of Empirical Bioethics, and this methodological work finds expression and application in a variety of Bioethics topics. Jon has published on, inter alia; the ethics of fathers and families; reproductive ethics, end of life ethics, research ethics, ethics and methodology in clinical trial design; the ethics of medical education; mental health. He is Section Editor (Methodology in Bioethics) for BMC Medical Ethics and Associate Editor (Methods) for Health Care Analysis, and co-editor of 'Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical perspectives' published by Cambridge University Press.

His work has been funded by, inter alia, The Wellcome Trust, ESRC, AHRC, Brocher Foundation, Brigstow Foundation.

Revd Bryan Vernon - Treasurer

BGVOrdained as an Anglican priest, I am the "Product champion" for Ethics Teaching and Learning in Newcastle MBBS: since 1991 I have pioneered seminar-based ethics teaching throughout the course in an accessible form as part of the integrated curriculum. I organise a six week fourth year option in Medical Law. I am also Ethics module leader in the world’s first online MSc in Oncology and Palliative Care.

I am an honorary University and Hospital Chaplain and Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Medical Ethics.  I am a member of the Newcastle Hospitals Clinical Ethics Committee. My major interest is to engage students with attractive and stimulating medical ethics and law teaching and to build a network of medical ethics and law teachers with enthusiasm for their subject who are committed to sharing good practice.

Felicity Boardman - Research Committee

Felicity Boardman is a senior research fellow at Warwick Medical School, having joined in 2010. She is a social scientist by background with a strong interest in empirical ethics research. Felicity's research interests focus on the social and ethical dimensions of reprogenetic decision making, and more specifically, the role of experiential knowledge of disability within these decisions.

Felicity is currently in receipt of an ESRC Future Research Leaders post-doctoral fellowship, exploring the views of affected families towards population level genetic screening for the neuromuscular condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Felicity teaches both Values in Medicine (MBChB students) and leads on a range of mixed methods research courses across the University.


Prof Richard Huxtable - Research Committee

richard huxtableRichard Huxtable is Professor of Medical Ethics and Law, and Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol. Qualified in law and socio-legal studies, he researches end-of-life decision-making, surgical ethics and clinical ethics, and has published widely in legal, bioethical and medical journals. His books include Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life: To Treat or Not to Treat? (2012, Routledge) and All That Matters: Euthanasia (2013, Hodder), as well as the co-authored/edited The Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook (2010, CUP) and Ethical Judgments: Re-writing Medical Law (2016, Hart). Richard co-edits the Ethics in Clinical Practice section of BMC Medical Ethics and is a trustee of the UK Clinical Ethics Network.

View Richard's full profile - on the University of Bristol website

Emma Nottingham - Research Committee

Emma Nottingham is a doctoral researcher and tutor at Southampton Law School and will be undertaking a position as a lecturer in law at the University of Winchester from September 2015. Emma joined the Institute of Medical Ethics Research Committee last year and has enjoyed contributing ideas and working with other members of the medical ethics community. Emma's research interests include healthcare law, medical law and ethics, bioethics, children's rights, sexual and reproductive health and family law. In 2014, Emma convened the Postgraduate Bioethics Conference and has since helped to establish a Postgraduate Bioethics Committee.

Emma edits the blog Paediatric Bioethics www.paediatricbioethics.wordpress.com. Follow Emma on twitter @EmmaCNottingham @paediatricbiomma

Dr Merryn Ekberg - Research Committee

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Dr Merryn Ekberg completed her PhD on the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Medical Genetics at the University of Melbourne. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow before moving to England to work as a Senior Lecture in Bioethics at the University of Northampton. Her research explores the ethical, legal and social aspects of medical genetics, assisted reproductive technologies and stem cell science. Her most recent papers have explored the ethical and legal issues arising from surrogacy and her current work is an exploration of the ethical issues arising from embryonic stem cell research.