Research projects

Read more about our recent projects.

Analysis of ethical standards of regulators in the health regulatory sector

Funder: Committee for Standards in Public Life

Principal Investigator: Sarah Devaney

Civic Data Identity Partnership

Funder: EPSRC details

Principal Investigator: Prof John Ainsworth, School of Health Sciences

Law School members: Prof Søren Holm and Dr Sarah Devaney

The project aims: The goal of the Civic Data Identity Partnership (CDIP) is to create a platform for patients and clinicians to manage their data and interactions with digital health solutions, such as predictive algorithms. By building the CDIP using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), the platform will take advantage of the secure, decentralised properties of DLT to ensure privacy, identity and trust based on open technology. The use of DLT in health data management has been considered but not yet resolved, with approaches often being led by technology enthusiasts rather than driven by user need, which must include the views of citizens, the NHS, research organisations and industry. Over the course of two years, the project will take a multi-disciplinary approach to research the potential of the CDIP platform considering security and trust, consent, and efficacy and reputation.

HYBRIDA, 2021 to 2024

The project investigates the ethical, legal and regulatory issues around the creation and use of organoids in biomedical research.

Funder: EU

Principal Investigator: Prof Søren Holm

Mental Capacity and personal finances: a qualitative study of assessment and support, 2020 to 2022

Funder: National Institute for Health Research

Principal Investigator: Alex Hall (Nursery, Midwifery and Social Work)

Co-investigators: Nicola Glover-Thomas (Law) and Debbie Price (Sociology)

Law and healing: reflecting on English medico-legal history

Funder: Leverhulme

Emeritus Fellowship held by Margot Brazier

Squaring the circle of the menstrual cycle: an interdisciplinary approach to the premenstrual problem

Funder: ESRC

Post-Doctoral Fellowship award held by Caroline Henaghan (Principal Investigator is Alex Mullock)

Evaluating the operation of Malta's Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act 2015: to what extent has it enhanced the bodily integrity of intersex infants

Funder: British Academy Small Grant

Principal Investigator: Fae Garland

Medical treatment of gender diverse children in the UK and Australia

Funder: Manchester University and Melbourne University

Principal Investigator: Simona Giordano

The human body: Its scope, limits and future

Funder: Wellcome Trust

Principal Investigator: John Harris

Project aim: Our bioethics staff are working closely with the Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation on this projects which aims to follow five strands of innovative research: Human biomaterials; Genethics; Reproduction; Enhancement; and Methods in bioethics.

The provision of antenatal information for the NHS Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme

Principal Investigator: Dr Fiona Ulph et al

School of Law project member: Dr Rebecca Bennett

Funder: National Institute for Health Research

Project aim: To determine service providers and users views about the feasibility, cost, efficiency, impact on understanding and consent of current practice, and preference of alternative methods of conveying Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme information antenatally.