Linacre College will be holding an informal Seminar and Reception open to all Linacre Members and their guests on Friday evening, 16th September, in conjunction with Oxford University’s Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend in Oxford.
The evening will provide an opportunity to mix with a friendly array of diverse and interesting Linacre Old Members, and also learn about current research being undertaken by two of Linacre’s dynamic young Junior Research Fellows. Talks will be pitched for a non-specialist audience, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions, as well as wine and canapés, and time to socialise.
Dr Ruth Horn is a University Research Lecturer of Oxford University. She is also a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College and an associate member of the research centre SPHERE, CNRS, University Paris Diderot. Ruth currently works on the PAGE (Prenatal Assessment of Genomes and Exomes) Ethics Research Programme, funded by the Health Innovation Challenge Fund (Department of Health and Wellcome Trust). This project is a collaboration between the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, the Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust, and the Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.
Ruth has studied sociology in Germany and France and holds a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Her research focuses on ethical questions raised by medical practices and new technologies at the beginning and end of life.
The ethics of prenatal genomics
The development of genomic approaches to prenatal testing by the PAGE (Prenatal Assessment of Genomes and Exomes) project offers the potential for a better understanding of prenatal structural anomalies in the foetus and ultimately for improved patient care and more informed reproductive decision making. In addition to the scientific and clinical challenges of achieving this, the introduction of new reproductive technologies also presents a number of ethical problems. The successful and appropriate development and introduction of prenatal genomics into clinical practice requires these problems to be identified, understood and carefully analysed in the development of models of good ethical practice. In this talk, I will discuss some of the main ethical issues and how these can be addressed in the PAGE project.
Dr David LV Bauer’s research explores how the molecular machinery of a cell interacts with its DNA in order to carry out “life as we know it” and how cells go about taking the very first steps of carrying out the instructions within a gene. In particular, he explores how this process works in both bacteria and in virus-infected human cells since these first steps are key targets for new antibiotic and antiviral drugs.
6.30 pm – Pre-talk drinks
7.00 – 8.00 pm – Seminar in the Tanner Room
8.00 – 9.00 pm – Drinks and canapés
Tickets are £12.50 per person, and may be booked securely via the University’s Online Store at this link
If you’d like to extend your visit to Oxford, full details of the ‘Meeting Minds’ programme may be found here
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