Past events

Improving Medical Ethics in the 21st Century

16 November 2015, Wellcome Collection, London

Following up the 40th anniversary edition of the JME of January 2015 on 'What is it to do good medical ethics?' we are holding a one day conference discussing the topic.

Speakers have all been asked to focus on challenges to good medical ethics and to propose practical ways of meeting them. Speakers in the first two sessions will offer patients', philosophers', lawyers' and doctors' perspectives. The third session will address ethical governance of medical research. The Chair's summing up and proposals for 'next steps' will end the conference. A drinks reception will facilitate further informal discussion amongst those who can stay on.


09.00-10.00 Registration, coffee, informal discussion

10.00-10.10 Professor Sir Kenneth Calman - Chair's introduction

Session 1

10.10-10.35 Baroness Joan Bakewell - Doctors' commitments and patients' commitments

10.35-11.00 The Rt Hon the Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, GBE - Ethical tensions between best interests and autonomy - the role of the law

11.00-11.25 Dr Wing May Kong - Nurturing moral imagination for medical practice

11.25-11.55 Discussion

11.55-12.55 Lunch break

Session 2

12.55-13.20 Professor Tom Beauchamp - Using principlism in medical practice

13.20-13.45 Professor Jonathan Glover - Intuition, emotion and moral nose in medical ethics

13.45-14.10 Professor Ann Gallagher - Care as the core of medical ethics

14.10-14.40 Discussion

14.40-15.00 Tea and coffee

Session 3 - Improving medical ethics oversight of medical research

15.00-15.25 Professor Sir Iain Chalmers - The need for better science

15.25-15.50 Professor Julian Savulescu - The need for better philosophy

15.50-16.15 Dr Hugh Davies - A Health Research Authority perspective

16.15-16.45 Discussion

16.45-17.00 Sir Kenneth Calman - Chair's summing up and proposals for future developments

17.00-18.00 Drinks reception and informal discussion

Booking is now closed.

Delegate Fees

£25 IME members 

£55 for non-members (IME Membership is only £75 for full membership (£65 for Concessionary members) with a £10 discount available when paying by Direct Debit. Sign up here before registering to get the members delegate fee)

To book see here.