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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 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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Oxford Health BRC PhD Scholarship - Ethical issues, patients’ perspectives and trust in precision psychiatry

Full time: Tax-free stipend of £14,777 p.a., plus university tuition and college fees, support for research expenses, conference attendance, and consumables. 

We are pleased to invite UK and EU applications for a doctoral degree within the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre and the Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health, in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Oxford. The PhD will start in October 2019 and will be supervised by Prof Andrea Cipriani and Prof Ilina Singh.  

The focus of the research will be on the ethical issues around ‘precision psychiatry’, with a specific interest in patients’ perspectives and trust in treatment algorithms and the development of a ‘personalised’ approach in mental health. 

Applicants should have at least an upper second class honours degree in bioethics or a relevant social science and previous research experience in mental health. Education to Master degree level is highly desirable.

Deadline for submission of applications: Friday 10th May 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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