Elements of this Project:

1. Transplantation Medicine in the Paediatric Context: from legal theory to medical ethics in practice

Two closed workshops, examining children's capacity, and conflicts of interest. This project is funded by a grant from the John Fell Fund. 

Transplantation medicine raises specific questions about informed consent and risk assessment; however, the issues arising from the need to ensure informed consent are magnified in the paediatric context both in relation to decisions to donate a child's organs and to accept a transplantation. This project will focus on children and their rights in addition to conflict of interests in conjunction with relevant stake holders in order to better understand how the law is applied in practice, and to assess the areas of decision making that enable parents and healthcare professionals to exercise their discretion. The project will involve holding two specific workshops that will cover these issues in detail in a closed format in order to enable participation. The first workshop will focus on children's capacity and best interests and the second will focus on conflicts of interests. In combination, these workshops will aim to lead to a systematic analysis of the relevant issues as well as meaningful dialogue leading to a long term network and publications.


2. Conditional Consent in Transplantation Medicine: assessing the legal, ethical and clinical factors 

Closed expert and stakeholder workshop, Pembroke College, 1st December 2023.

This project builds on work and activities carried out as part of the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and Law Faculty Research Support Fund supported project 'Translating Legal Obligations in practice in Organ Donation and Transplantation', which included the November 2022 Organ Donation and Transplantation (ODT) workshop. More information can be accessed via this link.


3. Organ Donation and Transplantation (ODT) Workshop

Closed expert and stakeholder workshop, Pembroke College, 25th November 2022.

The closed workshop addressed the challenges of different forms of consent in organ donation and transplantation in Germany and the UK, as well as the practical issues experienced by clinicians in practice. The discussions that took place between academics, clinicians, donor family members and legal practitioners from both the UK and Germany will inform a number of upcoming joint papers.  More information can be found via this link.


4. 'Interview with the Experts' in Transplantation Medicine Podcast

This project is supplemented by a podcast series 'Interviews with the Experts’ Podcast Series in Transplantation Medicine: legal, ethical and practical challenges'. This is an OPEN Seed Fund supported public engagement project around 'Conditional Consent in Transplantation Medicine'. More information can be found via this link


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