July 11, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Contemporary Considerations in Medical Ethics – 2024 IME National Conference

etc.venues Chancery Lane, WC2A 1HL

What are your colleagues thinking about? Worrying about? Creating new evidence in relation to? Where are they focussing their energies? How are they influencing discussion and debate on the key international issues of our time? What can we learn from each other and how can we amplify our voices to create hope and certainty for the future health of our planet?

This conference will bring together lawyers, philosophers, bioethicists and healthcare practitioners in order to reflection on contemporary issues in medical ethics and bioethics. Covering aspects of healthcare that includes the use of Artificial Intelligence, Global Health equity, climate resilience, workforce challenges and the impact of changes in abortion law upon practice, together we will examine the key issues of our time. This year, we are introducing the Ted Shotter Medal and the IME Medal for Moral Impact and will honour Professor Margot Brazier and Dame Clare Gerada for the significant impact they have made in their respective fields.

We hope you will join us for our exciting two-day event, leaving us restored, invigorated and, perhaps, a little further focussed on where we, as a community of ethicists, need to take our influence and endeavours next. All this from ‘the UK’s friendliest conference’ and more…

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Caesar Atuire: Ethics Lead, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford
Prof Margot Brazier
Sarah Briggs: NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford
Dr John Chisholm CBE: Past-Chair of Medical Ethics Committee, BMA
Professor Dame Clare Gerada:  Co-Chair of the NHS Assembly, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
Dr Caroline Jones: Associate Professor in Law, Swansea University
Dr Emily Ottley: Lecturer in Law, University of Winchester

09.15 – 10.00
Registration and Coffee

10.00 -10.10
Conference opening

10.10 – 10.55
Keynote Speaker – Climate resilience in healthcare
Sarah Briggs

10.55 – 11.40
Keynote Speaker – Abortion Law
Emily Ottley

11.40 – 12.05
Coffee and poster viewing

12.05 – 13.05
Parallel Sessions 1A, 1B and 1C [3x15mins with 5mins Q&A] – Please see the Parallel Sessions tab for full detail

13.05 – 14.05
Lunch and poster viewing

14.05 – 15.05
The IME Medal for Moral Impact for pioneering work developing practitioner wellbeing & mental healthcare services Keynote Speaker
Clare Gerada

15.05 – 1525
Coffee and poster viewing

15.25 – 16.25
Parallel Sessions 2A, 2B and 2C [3x15mins with 5mins Q&A] – Please see the Parallel Sessions tab for full detail

16.25 – 17.30

17.30 – 19.00
Social Gathering and poster viewing

09.00 – 9.15
Registration and Coffee

09.15 – 10.15
Ted Shotter Lifetime Recognition Medal for Endeavour in Medical Ethics Keynote Speaker
Margot Brazier

10.15 – 11.00
Keynote Speaker – Inequity in Global Health
Caesar Atuire

11.00 – 11.25
Coffee and poster viewing

11.25 – 12.25
Parallel Sessions 3A, 3B and 3C [3x15mins with 5mins Q&A] – Please see the Parallel Sessions tab for full detail

12.25 – 13.25
Lunch and poster viewing

13.25 – 14.25
Parallel Sessions 4A, 4B and4C [3x15mins with 5mins Q&A] – Please see the Parallel Sessions tab for full detail

14.25 – 14.45
Coffee and poster viewing

14.45 – 15.30
Keynote Speaker
Caroline Jones

15.30 – 16.15
Keynote Speaker
John Chisholm

16.15 – 16.30
Conference Close
Wing May Kong

The Parallel Sessions have been grouped in to 3 streams to enable delegates to more easily find sessions to meet their interests throughout the conference.

Stream 1 (A Sessions) – Body/Climate/Philosophy/Ethics

Stream 2 (B Sessions) – Children and Young People/Education, practitioner and students/Health Inequalities/Policy/Law

Stream 3 (C Sessions) – Artificial Intelligence/Mental health and well-being/Safeguarding

Thursday 12.05 – 13.05 session 

Session 1A
Body/Climate/ Philosophy/Policy
Session 1B
Children/ Education/
Health inequalities/Law
Session 1C
How can we be sure graduates will do the right things for the right reasons?

Zuzana Deans (Senior Lecturer, Bioethics, Centre for Ethics in Medicine, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol)
Co-authors: Michael Trimble (Clinical Reader and Consultant in Acute Medicine, Centre for Medical Education, Queen’s University, Belfast), Greg Moorlock (Associate Professor, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick)

An evaluation of recent policy developments under NHS England with a particular consideration of children’s best interest

Khadijeh Hamidian Shour Masty (Lecturer in Law, University of Winchester)

Psychedelics, Psychotherapy and Meaning in Life

Nathan Emmerich (Senior Lecturer, ANU)

Doctors and Wisdom Wheel, outcome: ethical decisions

Aisha Y Malik (Associate Tutor, Warwick University)
Co-authors: Mervyn Conroy (Honorary Senior Research fellow, University of Birmingham), Catherine Hale (Professor, Warwick University), Chris Turner (Consultant, UHCW)

Embarking on the Journey: Unravelling the Family’s Role in Medical Decision-making Across Chinese Horizons

Shengyu Zhao (PhD student, University of Bristol)

Exploring the attribution of responsibility to patients diagnosed with personality disorders

Lauren Glover (Medical Student, University of Birmingham)

Healthcare exceptionalism: what is a fair share of the burdens of climate change mitigation for healthcare?

Joshua Parker (PhD Candidate, Lancaster University)

Thinking fast not slow: consent, cancer and young people

Angela Jesudason (Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, NHS Lothian)
Co-author: Edwin Jesudason (Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NHS Lothian)

Is IT therapy?

Rachel Katz (PhD Candidate, University of Toronto)


Thursday 15.25 – 16.25 session

Session 2A
Body/Climate/ Philosophy/Policy
Session 2B
Children/ Education/
Health inequalities/Law
Session 2C
Extracting human resources: using H3Africa as a case study to explore genomics research in Africa according to neocolonial and social justice frameworks

Miranda MacFarlane (Research Assistant, King’s College London)

Safeguarding and AI in healthcare: a call for shifting focus

Matimba Swana (PhD Student, University of Bristol)
Co-author: Jordan A. Parsons (Assistant Professor in Medical Ethics and Law, University of Birmingham)

The ethical imperative to reduce sex work stigma

Esther Braun (Research associate, Ruhr University Bochum)
Co-author: Mirjam Faissner (Research associate, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

Addressing Health Inequalities Within Healthcare Through the Lens of Intersectionality

Melissa Rajalingam (Medical student, Brighton and Sussex medical school)
Co-author: Dr Peter West-Oram (Senior lecturer, Brighton and Sussex medical school)


A Call for Paternalistic Interventions in Online Porn Consumption

Joona Räsänen (Senior Researcher, University of Turku)

Is there a way to reconcile the divergent ethical commitments of clinicians working in gender care for children?

Bernadette Wren (Emerita Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)

The impact of AI (artificial intelligence) on therapeutic relationships in healthcare. An enquiry

Paquita de Zulueta (Hon Senior Lecturer, Imperial College)


Friday 11.25 – 12.25 session

Session 3A
Session 3B
Children/ Education/
Health inequalities/Law
Session 3C
Do the ethical bases of the General Medical Council and the NHS differ?

Russell Foster (Consultant Psychiatrist, King’s College Hospital)

Bearing Witness and the Ethical Place of the Medical Student

Lily Johnson (Medical Student, University of Manchester)

Reassessing “Good” Medical Practice and the Climate Crisis

Rammina Yassaie (Senior Lecturer in Leadership in Health and Social Care, Sheffield Hallam University)
Co-author: Lucy Brooks (Doctor, Bradford Hospital)

Assessing UK Medical Ethics Education: Perspectives and Proficiencies of Near-Graduate Medical Students

David Gringras (5th-year Medical Student, University of Edinburgh Medical School)
Co-authors: Man Hei Marcus Kam (5th-year medical student, University of Edinburgh Medical School), Joshua Fowler (5th-year medical student, University of Edinburgh Medical School), Sid Sripada (5th-year medical student, University of Edinburgh Medical School)

Should the fair allocation of resources include consideration of the right to reproductive justice in the context of access to IVF within the NHS?

Ffion Fox (Masters by Research student, University of Bristol)

Should the state mandate: Is mandatory Covid-19 vaccination ethically permissible?

Jaisila Patel (Medical Student, University of Bristol)

The limitations of case law in driving the development of patients’ autonomy-based rights into medical practice

Caitriona Cox (ACF, University of Cambridge)
Co-authors: Zoe Fritz (Wellcome fellow in Society and Ethics, University of Cambridge), Annie Mackley (Barrister, Crown Office Chambers)

Is it unethical to use SSRIs to treat depression and eating disorders in teenage girls (vulnerable group) given that a common side effect is weight loss?

Sally Alzein (Third year medical student, University of Leeds)


Friday 13.25 – 14.25 session

Best Interests and Rotten Compromise: exploring the instrumentalisation of P

Jordan A. Parsons (Assistant Professor in Medical Ethics and Law, University of Birmingham)

Deep Layers of Dilemma: The Ethical Challenges of AI integration in Dermatology

Sut Mo Zachary Chan (FY1 Foundation Doctor, NHS Scotland)
Co-author: Faisal Dubash (Specialty Registrar Dermatology, NHS Scotland)

Epistemic corruption: Mr Bates and the NHS

Edwin Jesudason (Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NHS Lothian)

Parents and clinicians’ experiences with remote paediatric clinical ethics consultation during the pandemic

Mariana Dittborn (Ethics Committee member, Great Ormond Street Hospital)
Co-Authors: Sarah Aylett (Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Paediatric Bioethics Centre Lead, Great Ormond Street Hospital), Joe Brierley (Consultant Paediatric Intensive Care, Director of Paediattric Bioethics Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital)

Competent until contradictory

Stacy Chen (PhD Student, University of Toronto)


etc.venues Chancery Lane
50-52 Chancery Ln


By underground:
Chancery Lane and Holborn (Central line) and Covent Garden (Piccadilly) are the nearest stations.

Option 1 – Chancery Lane
Leave the station via exit 4 and walk up the steps onto High Holborn. Keep walking up High Holborn (keeping the road on your right) for about 3 minutes. Turn left onto Chancery Lane and walk a further 3 minutes. The venue is on the left just over a road called Southampton Buildings.

Option 2 – Holborn
Leave the station via the High Holborn exit and turn right on to High Holborn. Walk down (keeping the road on your left) past the University of the Arts for 5 minutes. Turn right on to Chancery Lane and walk a further 3 minutes. The venue is on the left just over a road called Southampton Buildings.

Option 3 – Covent Garden
Leave the station and turn left on to Long Acre street, then turn right and follow Long Acre, until you reach Drury Lane. Cross over Drury Lane on to Great Queen Street, and keep walking past The Freemasons Hall. Kingsway will be ahead of you, cross over, turn left and walk towards High Holborn – you will see Holborn Station on the corner. Turn right at the station and follow as option 2.

By Train:
Farringdon Station Thameslink

Exit Farringdon station via the Farringdon Road/Cowcross Street exit and turn left. Walk down the small street to Farringdon Road, cross over and walk up Greville Street. Turn left on to Hatton Garden and cross over the zebra crossing, keep walking until you see a statue of Albert Prince Consort. Here cross over the road and walk up High Holborn for about 8 minutes, Chancery Lane will be on your left just after the underground exit. The venue is on the left just over a road called Southampton Buildings.

By Bus:
Chancery Lane is served by a number of bus routes including, 4, 11, 15, 26, 76, 172, 341.


There are many NCP car parks near the venue, the nearest is located on Cross Street (Saffron Hill NCP) with another close by in Covent Garden (Covent Garden, Parker Street).

Printable Directions and Map

Wheelchair access: Yes
Wheelchair parking: Yes
Approach to building: Street/pavement
Door control: Fitted door holding devices
Internal corridor width: 1.25 metres
Mobile induction loop: Yes
Accessible WC: Yes
Induction loop installed: Yes
Assistance dog friendly: Yes
Accessible WC: Yes

Lift 1: Height – 200 cm
Doors – 75 cm
Width – 100 cm
Depth – 125 cm

Lift 2: Height – 200 cm
Doors – 75 cm
Width – 100 cm
Depth – 125 cm

Students – £25 for one day/£40 for 2 days

IME members – £50 for one day/£90 for 2 days (In order to get this price please ensure you log in at the top right of the booking page)

Non-members – £90 for one day/£160 for 2 days (IME Membership is only £80 for full membership (£70 for Concessionary members) with a £10 discount available when paying by Direct Debit – sign up here before registering to get the members delegate fee)

Accommodation is not included in the delegate fee. We do not have recommended hotels however there are lots of hotels within walking distance or close to connected underground stations.