Symposium on Jewish Medical Ethics

19:00 Reception

19:45 Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz ‘Coercion and consent in Jewish medical law’

Rabbi Dr Tatz studied medicine at the University of Witwatersrand, and is founder and Director of the Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum. He is the author of the textbook Dangerous Disease and Dangerous Therapy in Jewish Medical Ethics – Principles and Practice. He has written a number of books on the subject of Jewish thought and philosophy: Anatomy of a Search, which documents the process of transition from secular to observant lifestyles among modern Jews, Worldmask, The Thinking Jewish Teenager’s Guide to Life, Living Inspired, Will, Freedom and Destiny, and most recently, As Dawn Ends the Night.

20:10 Professor David Katz ‘The Vaccine Story’

David Katz is Emeritus Professor of Immunopathology at University College London (UCL). His research interest has been in antigen presentation, in particular the role of dendritic cells in induction of immune responses in health and disease. His joint research group (with Professor Benny Chain) was recognised for original work investigating how these cells function, and how they can be injured, leading to immunopathology. He edits the International Journal of Experimental Pathology and for 16 years has served on Fitness to Practice Panels, chairing Tribunals for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. He is currently a deputy chair of the British Medical Association’s Medical Academic Staff Committee (MASC).

20:35 Professor Charles Foster ‘Issues of identity in medical ethics’

Charles Foster is Fellow of Exeter College, a member of the Oxford Law Faculty (where he is a Visiting Professor), a Senior Research Associate at the Uehiro Institute for Practical Ethics (within the Faculty of Philosophy), and a Research Associate at the Ethox Centre and the Helex Centre (both within the Faculty of Medicine). From 2011-2018 he served as the legal adviser to the Royal College of Physicians Committee for Ethics in Medicine, and is currently on the Steering Group of the Fiction and Human Rights Project.

20:50 Nechama Tatz-Wieder ‘Current Ethical Issues in Clinical Genetic Testing’

Nechama is a DPhil Candidate in Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, and is a fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics. She uses computational methods to research non-coding variants role in rare disease. Nechama gained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) at Brunel University London and then an MRes at UCL in Biosciences (Genetics).

21:05 Dr Alberto Giubilini ‘Freedom of conscience and medical professionalism: an impossible marriage?’

Alberto Giubilini is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, based at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Milan, and prior to joining Oxford he worked in Australia at Monash University, University of Melbourne, and Charles Sturt University. He has published a book on The Ethics of Vaccination (Palgrave MacMillan 2019) and one in Italian on the ethics of end of life decisions (Morals in the Time of Bioethics, Le Lettere 2011), and he co-edited a book on The Ethics of Human Enhancement (Oxford University Press 2016).

21:20 Dr Brian D Earp ‘Should doctors perform religious rituals? The new debate on “female circumcision”’

Brian is a Senior Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics. Brian’s work is cross-disciplinary, following training in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, history and sociology of science and medicine, and ethics. A co-recipient of the 2018 Daniel M Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Brian was also one of four named finalists for the 2020 John Maddox Prize for “standing up for science” (awarded by Sense about Science and Nature).

21:35 Closing remarks

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