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Ethics of Organ Transplantation

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Greg Moorlock (University of Warwick) explores the ethics of organ transplantation. In the first module, we (i) introduce the terms of transplantation, organ failure, and the state of the art as it stands; before (ii) discussing how we obtain organs that are suitable for donation into other individuals, and potential governmental systems that can maximise the number of organs available in an ethical manner; and then (iii) introducing nuance into the definition of death, such as brain stem death and circulatory death, as well as the term irreversibility; before (iv) discussing the decisions made during organ allocation, and the outcomes that are generally considered pertinent and ‘out-of-bounds’; and then finally (v) introduce conditional donation.

About the Lecturer

Greg Moorlock is an Associate Professor, specialising in bioethics. He is Academic Lead for the Values, Law and Ethics Theme of the MBChB, and teaches extensively throughout all phases of the course. His main research interest is in the ethics of organ donation and transplantation. Greg's research to date has focussed on organ donation and transplantation, with his doctoral work looking at the ethics of conditional and directed organ donation. His first post-doctoral project explored the ethics of split liver transplantation. Following that he worked on the EU-funded SURVEILLE project, a project which explored the ethical and legal implications of surveillance.

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