Background papers

Published background papers

Background papers help inform the Council’s discussions at the annual Forward Look meeting, and other workshops or roundtables that the Council might organise before initiating a project. Notes of the discussions at Forward Look meetings, workshops and roundtables are also provided here.

The Council’s background papers provide an increasingly valuable resource of publications exploring a range of issues. The papers are either commissioned from academics working in the field or written in-house.

Forward Look 2016

Forward Look 2015

Forward Look 2014

Forward Look 2013


The Council did not hold a Forward Look meeting in spring 2012 as it was completing its Strategic Review at this time and was already committed to a full work programme for the short term. No background papers were therefore published in 2012.

Forward Look 2011

  • Germline therapies – by Mark S. Frankel, Ph.D., and Bret T. Hagen, M.S. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington DC, USA
  • Hyper-expensive treatments – by David Hunter, Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele University and James Wilson, Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre and Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health, University College London, UK
  • Genomics, health records, database linkage and privacy – by Ruud H.J. ter Meulen, Ainsley J. Newton, Mari-Rose Kennedy and Behnaz Schofield, Centre for Ethics in Medicine, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK
  • Pandemics – by Giovani De Grandis, University College London and Jasper Littman, University College London/Health Protection Agency, UK

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