3rd Annual Philomathia Symposium: 'Body Politics'

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3rd Annual Philomathia Symposium

Body Politics: the dilemmas of regulating new technologies




From Professor Martin Daunton, Director:

'The Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme is committed to bringing together sciences and the social sciences in order to inform policy debate. This year’s Symposium follows the successful event in 2015 when we asked ‘What sort of world will we leave our grandchildren?’ This year we turn to ‘Body Politics’.

Society is facing major challenges as advances in bio-medical technologies pose fundamental philosophical, ethical, legal and political questions. Who directs investment in the search for new technologies, and who has ownership and control of them? How are they regulated, and how are decisions about their use formulated? This Symposium brings together social scientists with scientists in order to engage with major issues of policy. Should the law allow patenting of DNA or not? What are the implications of intervention to rectify ‘errors’ in DNA? What are the implications of a shift to individualised treatment based on analysis of the patient’s DNA? These questions intersect with intervention in reproduction, both to assist infertile couples to have children, and to deal with genetic disease. What are the limits of intervention, and who should make the decisions? And how should the shortage of organs for transplant be overcome? Should there be a presumption that organs are donated unless an individual opts out? How should surgeons balance the risk of using suboptimal organs against the risk of death?

The Symposium will address three themes – the law of DNA patents, family planning, and sub-optimal organ transplants – and conclude with a policy roundtable and a plenary lecture. The University of Cambridge has been at the forefront of development in bio-medical science in all of these areas, and this Symposium aims to enter into dialogue with social scientists and to reflect on the implications for policy'.



9.00 - Registration

9.30 – 9.45

Welcome – Professor Martin Daunton

9.45 – 11.15

Should we change EU law to disallow DNA patents?

Three speakers followed by panel discussion

11.15 – 11:30 - Tea

11.30 – 13.00

Reproduction in an era of bio-tech revolution

Three speakers followed by panel discussion

13.00 – 14.00 - Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

The regulation of transplanting sub-optimal organs

Three speakers followed by panel discussion

15.30 – 15.45 - Tea

15.45 – 17.00

Policy Roundtable

17.30 – 19.00

Keynote lecture: Professor Sheila Jasanoff

19.00 - 19.30 - Drinks reception



Confirmed contributors include: Sir Roy Calne (Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Cambridge), Professor Michael Parker (Director, Ethox), Professor Sarah Franklin (Department of Sociology, Cambridge), Sally Cheshire (Chair, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority), Sarah Norcross (Director, Progress Educational Trust), George Freeman MP (Chair of the Prime Minister's Policy Board), Professor Timo Minssen (University of Copehagen), Professor Mateo Aboy (Oregon Institute of Technology), Dr John Bradley (Department of Surgery, Cambridge), Mr Kourosh Saeb-Parsy (Department of Surgery, Cambridge) and Dr Matthew Dyson (Faculty of Law, Oxford)



Please register even if you're only able to attend part of the day.





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