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Arianna Manzini



I am a Wellcome Trust-funded DPhil student at the Oxford Department of Psychiatry, where I work within the Citizens: Early Intervention Ethics project, which collaborates with young people to investigate their moral attitudes towards, and judgments about a range of early intervention strategies to manage moral and behavioural development. My supervisors are Professor Ilina Singh (Department of Psychiatry) and Professor Nina Hallowell (Ethox Centre).

My research within Citizens: EIE is an empirical bioethics study situated at the intersection between the ethics of neuropsychiatric genomics, the scholarship on biological and genetic citizenship, and the literature on childhood participation. It focuses on children and adolescents’ understanding of autism and their moral attitudes towards using genomic information to prevent and treat autism. In this way, my thesis uses autism genomics as a case study to investigate the moral attitudes that young people, who are 'developing' genomic citizens, hold in the context of the application of genomic science to psychiatric conditions. I developed my study in consultation with the NeurOx Young People's Advisory Group, which I have contributed to set up as part of Citizens: EIE. 

Citizens: EIE is part of the BeGOOD: EIE umbrella project, which focuses on the ethics of early intervention in child psychiatry. BeGOOD: EIE is funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award to Professor Ilina Singh.

I hold an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan, 2014), an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Health from University College London (2015), and an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Bioethics from KU Leuven (2016). I am a member of the IME Postgraduate Bioethics Student Committee.  

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