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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. 

NEWS

June 2018

Dr. Gabriela Pavarini, Jessica Lorimer, Arianna Manzini and Prof. Ilina Singh received a Public Engagement award at OxTalent 2018 for Can your phone be your therapist? Young people’s ethical perspectives on Chatbot Therapy. OxTalent congratulated the team for ‘an excellent example of co-production between scientists and young people [and] for the true partnership at the centre of this project, which showcased brilliantly how research is enhanced by including its ‘subjects’ in the process.’ 

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Postdoctoral Researcher - Ethics of Global Psychiatry

Grade 7: £31,604-£38,833 with a discretionary range to £42,418 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Ethics of Global Psychiatry Bioethics to work with Professor Ilina Singh as part of the Neuroscience Ethics and Society Research Group (NEUROSEC). You will develop a programme of research on the ethics of new and emerging forms of research collaboration in global psychiatry. The programme will focus on the ethical challenges presented by two case studies: one on industry-academic science collaborations in mental health; the second on global collaborations in the context of neuropsychiatric genomics.

Closing date: 18th July 2018

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Postdoctoral Researcher - Digital Bioethics

Grade 7: £31,604-£38,833 with a discretionary range to £42,418 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Bioethics to work with Professor Ilina Singh as part of the Neuroscience Ethics and Society Research Group (NEUROSEC). You will be leading a programme of participatory research focused in child and adolescent mental health, working with young people diagnosed with ADHD and ASD, building digital tools that promote engagement, participation and research on the ethics of novel biomedical interventions in mental health.

Closing date: 18th July 2018

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Our team

Selected publications

NEUROSEC on YouTube

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.

ADHD and Me

NEUROSEC's current work follows on from a Wellcome Trust university award for Voices on Identity, Childhood, Ethics & Stimulants: Children join the debate. VOICES publications and videos have had impacts on clinical training and communication in the UK and around the world.

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