Genetic Advantages in Sports: When Do They Count as “Doping”? ELSI Friday Forum, Friday December 9th 12 pm EST

Join us on Friday, December 9, 2022, for the next ELSI Friday Forum: Genetic Advantages in Sports: When Do They Count as “Doping”?

What is the essence of sports, and how does that impact the way doping is defined? The sports world is already preparing for an inevitable wave of “gene-doping” as gene-transfer technologies advance and become more widely available to all ages. On the one side, genetic modifications that improve human performance can be considered enhancements that threaten fair competition. However, gene transfer technologies can be used for a wide range of characteristics, thus blurring the lines between therapy and enhancement. This gray zone requires reflections and decisions on whether there is a moral difference between a genetic advantage that is inherited versus acquired. Could gene-transfer be a way of leveling the playing field? Or does it threaten the essence of sports fundamentally?

Panelist: Sarah Polcz, JSD, MSc, JD (Stanford Law School)
Panelist: Silvia Camporesi, PhD, PhD (King’s College London)
Moderator: Thomas H. Murray, PhD (The Hastings Center)

To continue the conversation please join fellow audience members for an informal discussion in a Zoom meeting immediately following the forum. The link will be placed in the Zoom Chat during the forum. For those who cannot attend the live event, the forum will be recorded and archived on the ELSIhub Video page.

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Dec 9, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Appointment as External Examiner, iBSc Humanities Philosophy & Law, Imperial College London

I am delighted to have been appointed as humble successor of distinguished Professor Alastair Campbell as External Examiner for the intercalated BSc in Medical Sciences with Humanities, Philosophy and Law at Imperial College London, School of Medicine.

This is a unique course that integrates approaches from medical science, ethics, law, philosophy, history and the arts, and it is even more unique in the world as intercalation (for this iBSc, or another among the iBSc programmes on offer) is required for all medical students at Imperial College London.

I look forward to getting to know the programme and the students closely over the next 4 years of my appointment.

Seminar May 5th, 2023, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna: “What experts? Whose advice? The ‘Delphi oracle’ and ‘Moses tablets’ in the management of the covid-19 health emergency in Italy”

In this talk I will present the results of the Italian branch of the international research project ESCaPE (Evaluating Scientific Advice in a Pandemic Emergency) which I led in 2020-21 and which was aimed at understanding how expert advice was sought, produced, and utilized in the management of the Covid-19 emergency in Italy. This qualitative case study relies on a mix of both primary (stakeholder interviews) and secondary (official documents and communications by expert advisory bodies, ministerial decrees, and policy documents) data collection. This case study provides an overview and encompassing representation of the mobilization of experts, and of selected types of evidence, in Italy in 2020. Their findings suggest that expert politics can lead to the confirmation of knowledge hierarchies that privilege hard sciences, and corroborate prior literature indicating that economic and social expertise has not been well integrated into public health expert advice, constituting a major challenge for policymaking during an emergency. You can find further information here as well as the full article published in nature here.

When: 5 May 2023, 12:00 – 14:00

Where: Conference room (A222), Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Universitätsstr. 7/2nd floor, 1010 Vienna

https://politikwissenschaft.univie.ac.at/forschung/forschungsschwerpunkte/cescos-zeitgenoessische-solidaritaetsstudien/news-aktuelles/