Future Health Care

Advances in science and technology offer the hope of new possibilities for diagnosis and treatment of disease. They may also raise complex legal, ethical and social issues.

Our research impacts

Our researchers are engaging with the legal and ethical challenges raised by new and emerging treatments in health care and the role of future regulation in meeting these challenges. In particular, our research focuses on the issues that may arise in relation to:

  • Innovation in health care
  • Ethical, legal and social issues in genomics
  • Biobanking and the utilisation of human tissue
  • Gene patenting
  • Organ donation and transplantation
  • Assisted reproductive technologies

The tension between the need to provide both adequate defence to clinicians who are innovative in the use of technology, and protection of patient safety is the subject of much debate. 

Theme leader


  • Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then

    Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then commenced with the School of Law in 2008. Shih-Ning is a socio-legal academic who researches and teaches in the areas of medical law and ethics. She is an experienced interdisciplinary researcher who has published with medical practitioners, ethicists and other interdisciplinary scholars. Research: Shih-Ning’s research interests...

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