Cumberland Colloquium Report

Published Date: 
Monday, 8 October 2012

Advances in biotechnology, the introduction of new medical therapies, changes in social norms, and health-related malpractice bring into focus the ethical, legal and social dimensions of health and medicine and creates challenges for those working in healthcare and biomedical research.

Such challenges raise a host of questions: How should health professionals and biomedical researchers be taught ethics? Can you be taught to be ethical? Who should be included in the delivery of bioethics education, as both a medical and social phenomenon? How should the public be educated about health care biotechnological and medical research, and what role should the public play in shaping them?

This colloquium explored the contribution of the humanities and the social sciences to the education of medical ethics and bioethics to trainee health professionals, health professionals, biomedical researchers, and the public. The core premise of this event was that health is an interdisciplinary phenomenon, and that contemporary issues related to healthcare, health policy and medical ethics are best addressed with an interdisciplinary approach.


Rachael Allen, Artist and Researcher

Professor Deborah Bowman, Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law, St. George's, University of London

Sarah Burns, Medical Student, Imperial College School of Medicine

Antonia Chalmers, PhD Student, University of Manchester

Jennifer Chevinsky, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Giselle Corincigh, Lecturer in Health Studies, Brunel University

Dr Al Dowie, Senior University Teacher in Medical Ethics and Law, University of Glasgow

Professor Raanan Gillon, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics, Imperial College London

Rachel Hendrick, Doctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh

Professor Brian Hurwitz, D'oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts, King's College London

Dr Carolyn Johnston, Adviser Medical Law and Ethics, King's College LondonĀ 

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy, University College London; Visiting Professor, London School of Economics

Clio Kennedy-Hutchinson, Student, King's College London

Dr Rhona Knight, Senior Clinical Educator, University of Leicester

Mark Knights, Medical Student, University of Leeds Medical School

Dr Richard Knox, Clinical Lecturer, University of Nottingham

Sharawan Patel, Medical Student, Imperial College School of Medicine

Dr Ioanna Psalti, Director, Dime Limited

Dr Anna Romito, GP, NHS Camden

Dr Gabrielle Samuel, PhD Student, Brunel University

Isobel Spring, Medical Student, Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Trevor Stammers, Programme Director in Bioethics and Medical Law, Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies, St Mary's University College

Rachel Warren, Institute of Medical Ethics Website Assistant; Ethics Tutor, King's College London Medical School

Professor Clare Williams, Professor of Medical Sociology and Communications, Brunel University

Dr Julie Woodley, Senior lecturer/Research fellow, University of the West of England

Dr Paquita de Zulueta, GP and Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College and King's College London