Background papers

Published background papers

Background papers help inform the Council’s discussions, and other workshops or roundtables that the Council might organise before initiating a project. The Council has previously held ‘Forward Look’ meetings to discuss future topics. 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

Previous work

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