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BARON DE LANCEY LECTURE 2022: ENGINEERING THE REGULATORY FUTURE OF REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

5:30pm-7:00pm on Thursday 10 March

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Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Law The David Williams Building Sidgwick Site 10 West Road, CB3 9DZ

Regenerative medicine concerns the development of therapies that regrow, repair or replace damaged tissues. However, the use of such techniques raises ethical questions about the concept of the ‘self’ and blurs distinctions between therapy and enhancement. Do current regulatory frameworks offer sufficient safeguards for patient welfare, or does the international human rights law have a role to play?

Given the ways in which regenerative medicine blurs socially-significant boundaries, the ethical and legal obligations of clinicians, researchers, funders, and governments are fluid and uncertain. For example, it is unclear whether present policies governing the use of regenerative technologies offer sufficient safeguards, even if access is limited to patients with conditions deemed sufficiently serious to justify the risks.

This talk will explore whether international human rights law might require governments to identify, monitor, and support translational pathways that would provide broad, equitable access to the benefits of regenerative medicine, or whether international human rights law requires a more controlled approach because of the potential social implications. With regenerative medicine's great potential, the welfare of current and future generations is at stake. We must collectively ask ourselves how best to secure a desirable clinical future for present day and future generations.

Bartha Knoppers is Full Professor, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine, and Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University.

The Baron de Lancey Lecture series is kindly supported by the Ver Heyden de Lancey Fund.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: In person, Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 100
Theme: Discovery, Health, Society
Accessibility: Lift, Accessible toilet

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