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Research Profile

Mr Richardo Childs 


Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Address:10 Museum Place

Qualifications

  • Law (LLB) University of Sheffield (2003-2006)
  • Legal Aspects of Medical Practice (LLM) Cardiff University (2006-2007)
  • Social Science Research Methods (MSc) Cardiff University (2008-2009)
  • 1+3 ESRC/Cesagen funded PhD, Cardiff University (2009-present)

Research Interests

  • Regulation of emerging Genomic technologies, specifically those with in utero application
  • Regulation of assisted reproductive technologies
  • Bioethics
  • Medical Law
  • The law surrounding pregnancy including: confidentiality, consent, maternal fetal conflict, practical implications of new technologies upon practice

PhD Topic / Area

Working title: Fetal Surgery: Engaging the debate between the balancing of ethical theory, scientific progress and the rights of others

This thesis will seek to establish if the current position of rights and duties held within England and Wales is compatible with the intergenerational aspects of scientific progress within fetal surgery.  Within the current genomic revolution, the fetal junction has become a site where genetic engineering and stem cell transplantation have sought to take advantage.   Utilising such techniques raises questions about the intergenerational aspects of scientific progress and how scientific progress can reshape the regulation of rights and duties.  In establishing how genomic practice should be regulated one must seek to establish if such practices are contrary to human dignity.  In identifying human dignity as a possible concept to critique practice and regulation, understanding the history and practice of human dignity and bioethics is a key component within the thesis.  Therefore, the area that I intend to research is: 'Fetal Surgery: engaging the debate between the balancing of ethical theory, scientific progress and the rights of others'.  Documentary analysis of relevant regulatory institutions and qualitative interviewing of prospective practitioners will be thematically conducted. Further analyse will be conducted through the ethical framework proposed by Alan Gewirth due to human dignity being a relevant factor in regulation.  The thesis will seek to conclude if the current rights and duties adequately take into account the ethics, scientific progress and rights of others within the field of fetal surgery.

Supervisors

Dr Ian Welsh

Prof Ruth Chadwick