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We conduct independent ethics research and we deliver ethical guidance for a range of scientific and clinical studies in the Oxford Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. We also work with a variety of international institutions and researchers. Our core research interests involve young people, mental health and neuroscience innovations in a global context.

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Our location within the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience is a key strength of our team, allowing us to develop work that is integrated with world-leading, cutting edge research and clinical development in psychiatry and neuroscience. We also maintain an important independence, grounded in a cross-appointment to the Oxford Uehiro Centre in Philosophy and a close relationship with the Oxford Ethox Centre in the Nuffield Department of Population Health. From October 2017, these collaborations form part of the new Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities (Principal Investigators: I. Singh, M. Parker, J. Savulescu, M. Harrison).

The range and scale of ethics and societal foresight needs in psychiatry and neuroscience are extensive and exciting. We work with colleagues across Oxford and beyond who have relevant ethics and social science expertise for specific projects, and we build collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams that represent a genuine, critically engaged and reflexive integration of science, ethics and society.

Our multidisciplinary projects inform each other, such that researchers on our team have an opportunity to build knowledge and to exchange expertise across the range of projects and disciplines.

This integrative and responsive, yet critically reflexive perspective informs the development of a teaching and ethics advising programme in Psy-Ethics, building on current strengths across Oxford (for example, in the Oxford Ethox Centre and in the Department of Philosophy) and the Oxford NHS Trust. In collaboration with Oxford colleagues we are leading the work on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in the newly awarded Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), dedicated to mental health and dementia. 

We have recently been awarded funding from the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute to launch the Oxford Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric GenEthics (NeuroGenE). Over the next year, NeuroGenE will build up personnel in Oxford and will engage bioethics expertise across regions of scientific interest for the Stanley Center internationally, including China, Japan, Australia and Finland. 


June 2019

Congratulations, Dr. Rose Mortimer, for being the first BeGOOD:EIE DPhil graduate. It has been a pleasure working with you and we wish you all the success!

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1) Research Assistant: Neuroscience, Ethics and Society

We wish to appoint a full-time Research Assistant to work on the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Becoming Good: Early Intervention and Moral Development in Child Psychiatry (BeGOOD)’. You will be located within the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society (NEUROSEC) Team. Led by Professor Ilina Singh the NEUROSEC team has an international reputation for its work in neuroethics and psychiatric ethics. The post is based in the Department of Psychiatry at the Warneford Hospital.

You will report to Professor Ilina Singh and will work closely with Dr Gabriela Pavarini and David Lyreskog to support academic paper development and the delivery of a ‘digital bioethics’ public engagement project for the main BeGOOD study, Citizens: Early Intervention in Ethics (Citizens: EIE), which aims to investigate young people’s moral attitudes and judgements. You will support the organisation of NEUROSEC’s young people’s advisory groups and will contribute to the development and execution of research studies in mental health ethics.

Deadline for submission of applications: Friday 12th July 2019 by 12.00 noon (UK time).


2) Part-time Research Administrator

We wish to appoint a part-time Research Administrator (60% FTE) to provide support for the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society (NEUROSEC) Team. Led by Professor Ilina Singh, the Team’s work includes several major projects funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Stanley Centre for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, MRC, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

You will work with Professor Ilina Singh and the NEUROSEC Research Manager, dr. Alexandra Almeida, to provide day-to-day administrative support including organising meetings, preparing agendas and making complex travel arrangements. You will be working with other members of the research group and the wider admin team; you will be expected to be on-site and available for key meetings and liaison.

Deadline for submission of applications: Friday 12th July 2019 by 12.00 noon (UK time).


Our team

Selected publications


EU-AIMS Autism Research

In this video EU-AIMS scientists answer questions from the autism community about EU-AIMS research. Most of the questions were raised by autistic adults, or parents of individuals with autism. The film was produced by the EU-AIMS Ethics Advisory Group.

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