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A/Prof Dominique Martin

Dominique is Associate Professor in Bioethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She studied Medicine and Arts as undergraduate degrees, with majors in Philosophy and English. She completed a PhD in Applied Ethics at the University of Melbourne in 2011 on the topic of markets in human biological materials. Her bioethics research focuses primarily on issues related to procurement, use, and distribution of medical products of human origin such as organs and tissues for transplantation, or gametes used in assisted reproductive treatments, as well as ethical issues in nephrology, and professionalism issues relating to sale of unproven stem cell interventions.

Dominique is currently co-convenor of the Asia Pacific Bioethics Education Network (APBEN), and is a member of the Doha International Academy for Organ Donation. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Transplantation and is past co-chair of the Ethics Committee of The Transplantation Society and of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group. She has also worked with the World Health Organization and the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority on ethical issues in donation and transplantation.  Dominique has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and regularly presents at Australian and international medical and bioethics conferences.

Dr Jacqueline Savard

Jacqueline’s research interests include the ethics of new genetic technologies.  These include direct-to-consumer personal genome testing, whole genome/exome sequencing in the clinical and commercial domains and the use and impact of different forms and interpretations of genetic information in daily life.  Jacqueline has a background in science (a bachelor of science, specializing in molecular genetics), a master in bioethics and a PhD in bioethics. Her research uses a variety of approaches, including both quantitative and qualitative methods and public engagement methodologies.

Jacqueline recently completed a postdoctoral research associate role on a 3-year mixed methods project funded by the Australian Research Council.  The aim of this research was to examine nation-wide the Australian public’s knowledge, attitudes and experiences of personal genomics.  The project used a novel form of community engagement pioneered by one of the chief investigators (Professor Brenda Wilson)– using this methodology, they could engage with different groups around the country to explore their views on the field of personal genomics.  Findings from the project are informing changes to society positions statements about Online DNA Testing in Australia, and are assisting in the development of decision aids to help people think through their decision to pursue testing. In addition, the work has been informing the developing policy around genomics in Australia.

In 2017 Jacqueline was the recipient of a National Science Week Grant. In conjunction with partners at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, she hosted four public screenings of the science fiction film Gattaca on its 20th anniversary around the country. This presentation was followed by a public forum with experts from science, ethics and the arts – to help facilitate a discussion about the developments in genomics and the role it assumes in our lives.

Jacqueline is also an associate investigator on two NHMRC funded projects about the use of genomic information in a clinical and a public health setting. She has also been involved with research examining the role of Aboriginal cultural awareness and safety training in medical schools – seeing how training at a facilitator level might translate to students.

Dr Emma Tumilty

Emma Tumilty is a feminist bioethicist working as a Lecturer in Deakin University’s  Health Ethics, Law, and Professionalism program in the School of Medicine. She graduated with her PhD in Bioethics in 2017 from the University of Otago while working as an assistant research fellow in health service research in the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, University of Otago. She undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in Translational Ethics at the University of Texas Medical Branch and tranisitioned to a role as Assistant Professor where she worked as both a research ethics consultant in the Institute of Translational Sciences and a clinical ethics consultant in the UTMB Health system. In her practice as consultant, educator, or researcher she centers issues of justice and access, using community-engaged and public/patient involvement approaches to address prioritization, resource allocation, access and disadvantage in research and clinical care.

She is currently the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, a member of the AEREO Consortium undertaking projects looking at the effectiveness of research ethics review, a member of New Zealand Ethics Committee serving those excluded from formal ethics review in New Zealand & a curator for TREAD (https://tread.tghn.org/) an open-access repository of exemplary ethics applications.

Dr Cynthia Forlini

Dr Cynthia Forlini is Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine (Faculty of Health) at Deakin University. Her research explores the neuroethical issues that arise as we redefine the boundaries between treatment, maintenance, and enhancement of cognitive performance. She has examined these issues conceptually and empirically as they relate to the use of neurotechnology (e.g. neuropharmaceuticals and non-invasive brain stimulation) in different contexts such as competitive academic environments, research, healthy cognitive ageing, and dementia prevention. Her work on cognitive ageing was supported by a Australia Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (2015-2017).

Cynthia completed her training in neuroethics at the Neuroethics Research Unit of the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (M.A., Université de Montréal; PhD, McGill University). Since, she has held research fellow positions at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (Addiction Neuroethics Group) and The University of Sydney (Sydney Health Ethics). Cynthia has been awarded visiting fellowships at the Centre for Advanced Studies of the Lugwig-Maximilian-University Munich (Germany), Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany), the Institute of Social Medicine of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Dr Tamara Kayali Browne

Tamara is a bioethicist and philosopher of medicine, working as a Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She has degrees in Biotechnology, History and Philosophy of Science, and Sociology. She completed her PhD at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Her primary research expertise is in the ethics of non-medical sex selection, mental illness and gender. Her book, Depression and the Self: Meaning, Control and Authenticity, published this year with Cambridge University Press, focuses on issues of control, responsibility and the self in depression and uses qualitative interviews with women to explore this topic.

Her papers have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Medical Ethics, Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, Health, Risk and Society and Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. Her work has also appeared in the media, including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Globe and Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, ABC radio and The Project. She has received professional recognition for her teaching, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. While a Lecturer in Bioethics at the Australian National University, her skills were also recognised with three teaching awards – the Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning – with a Colleges of Science Award, a Vice-Chancellor’s Award and a National Award.

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