Category Archives: Bioethics

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.

Upcoming seminar October 19th, 2022 “COVID-19 narrative research seminar”

Dear colleagues

You are invited to our COVID-19 narratives research seminar on 19 October 2022.


  • 8pm to 9:30pm, Melbourne Australia AEST
  • 11am to 12:30pm, London
  • 12pm to 1:30pm, Johannesburg

All welcome!

Please register here.

The zoomlink will be sent prior to the event.

For more info contact

Abstracts and Bios

Proportionality in public health ethics, fear and state of exception: a narrative ethics approach to lockdown in Italy in 2020

Dr Silvia Camporesi, King’s College London

This article focuses on lockdown in Italy in 2020 and proceeds as follows. I first provide a background on lockdown measures in Italy in 2020 and on the institutional framework for crisis management in Italy. I then outline the public health principles of proportionality and least infringement, before moving on to present the public perception and lived experiences of the ban on outdoor exercise in Italy in 2020. I then present a critical narrative ethics analysis of the Emilia-Romagna Governor Stefano Bonaccini’s decision to introduce the restriction on outdoor exercise. I conclude discussing the implications of specific narratives employed to frame the emergency for the mobilisation of types of expert knowledge to manage the crisis, for construction of cultural memory of the pandemic, and for its biopolitical legacy.

Covid Autofictions

Dr Maria Vaccarella, University of Bristol

This presentation will explore creative writing responses to Covid19, more specifically fake Covid narratives on social media and established writers’ literary responses to Covid. I am interested in investigating to what extent these narratives contribute to and interrogate the presence of a globalized medical, as well as literary, community, while relying on an intricate web of transhistorical intertextual references.