From 2014-2017, the Council partnered with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to support three Fellowships to promote informed debate of bioethics among Parliamentarians. Each Fellow was responsible for developing a briefing note on an area of public policy that raises bioethical issues.
Global Health Inequalities
This briefing note for Parliamentarians was published in May 2017, and was researched by the Council’s Fellow Stephen Barrie. The POSTnote reviews trends in global health inequalities and the different ways in which these have been measured. It examines different approaches to reducing health inequalities and challenges in implementing targets such as the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage.
- On our blog: Reflections from a Nuffield Bioethics Parliamentary Fellow – by Stephen Barrie (February 2016)
In January 2017, a briefing note for Parliamentarians was published that considers approaches to promoting integrity in research.
The POSTnote was researched and produced by the Council’s Fellow, Cressida Auckland. The briefing considers current approaches to fostering an environment conducive to good research in the UK, and detecting and preventing practices that fall short of expected standards. It also examines the current mechanisms for supporting integrity in the UK, whether these are sufficient, or if another form of oversight, such as regulation, might be preferable. The note includes references to the Council’s report on the culture of scientific research, published in 2014.
- On our blog: Bioethics and Parliament: my Fellowship at POST – by Cressida Auckland (January 2017)
This POSTnote was a key motivation of the establishment of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry on research integrity, which was announced the day after this note was published. The Council was subsequently invited to give evidence to this inquiry in October 2017.
In July 2014, a briefing note for Parliamentarians was published describing the ethical, legal and practical issues raised by biobanks – for example, whether people who donate samples to biobanks should be informed of any health related information resulting from research conducted with their data, and the challenges of linking primary care records to biobank data.
The POSTnote was researched and produced by the Council’s first Fellow, Clare Wenham, a PhD student from Aberystwyth University.
- On our blog: Biobanks, bioethics and three months in Parliament – by Clare Wenham, (July 2015)