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Professor Julian Savulescu
Professor Julian Savulescu is a philosopher and Biomedical Ethics Group Leader at MCRI. He also holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, where he directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities.
Professor Savulescu’s research focuses on the ethics of various new or emerging technologies, including new methods of reproduction and bio-enhancement of physical and cognitive performance and the ethics of genetic engineering. In addition to his background in applied ethics and philosophy, he is also trained in medicine and neuroscience.
Julian is world leader in medical and practical ethics, with more than 400 publications. He spent 10 years as editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and is founding editor of the open access Journal of Practical Ethics.
He has co-authored a number of books including a textbook for medical students, now in its third revised edication, Medical Ethics and Law: The Core Curriculum with Dominic Wilkinson and Jonathan Herring, and Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement with Ingmar Persson. He also won the ‘Thinkers’ category of The Australian’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders awards.
In 2014 Julian was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bucharest and in 2019, was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Medical and Health Sciences.
Co-director, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities in collaboration with Public Health, Psychiatry and History.
Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy
Director, Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and the Institute for Science and Ethics
Director of the Oxford Martin programme on collective responsibility for infectious disease
Distinguished Visiting Professor in Law, Melbourne Law School
Monash Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievement (2009)
Thinkers' category of The Australian's Top 100 Emerging Leaders awards (2009)
British Medical Association President's Choice Award (2019)
Savulescu is a leader in the ethics of new technologies, including the ethics of genetics.
Current major projects include ethical and regulatory issues in NIPT, and the ethics of paediatric genomics.
Savulescu J. (forthcoming). Good Reasons to Vaccinate: Mandatory or Payment for Risk? Journal of Medical Ethics.
Vears D, Borry P, Savulescu J, Koplin J. (2020-online first ). Old challenges or new issues? Genetic health professionals' experiences obtaining informed consent in diagnostic genomic sequencing. AJOB Empirical Bioethics
Brown R, Kelly D, Wilkinson D, Savulescu J. (forthcoming).The Scientific and Ethical Feasibility of Immunity Passports, The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Wilkinson D, Brick C, Kahane G, Savulescu J. (2020). The relational threshold: a life that is valued, or a life of value? Journal of Medical Ethics; 46:24-25.
Brown R, Savulescu J, Williams B, Wilkinson D. (2020, forthcoming) A Passport to Freedom? Immunity Passports for COVID-19. J Med Ethics.
Schaefer GO, Tam C, Savulescu J, Voo TC. (2020). COVID-19 vaccine development: Time to consider SARS-CoV-2 challenge studies? Vaccine 38,(33): 5085-5088
Savulescu J and Cameron J (forthcoming) Is Selective Lockdown of the Elderly (and Other High Risk Groups) Justified Discrimination? Journal of Medical Ethics.
Levy N, Savulescu J (forthcoming). Epistemic Responsibility in the Face of a Pandemic. Journal of Law and Biosciences
Savulescu J, Wilkinson D, Persson I. (2020). Utilitarianism and the Pandemic. Bioethics 34(6): 620-632
Savulescu J, Vergano M, Craxì L, Wilkinson D (2020). An ethical algorithm for rationing life sustaining treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Anaesthesia 125,(3): 253-258 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bja.2020.05.028
Savulescu J, Cameron J, Wilkinson D. (forthcoming). Is Withdrawing Treatment Really More Problematic than Withholding Treatment? Journal of Medical Ethics
Notini L, Earp BD, Gillam L, McDougall R, Savulescu J, Telfer M, Pang K. (2020). Forever young? The ethics of ongoing puberty suppression for non-binary adults. Journal of Medical Ethics [Feature Article] doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-106012
Bowman-Smart H, Morgan A, Gyngell C, Savulescu J, (2019). The moral case for sign language education. Monash Bioethics Review 37: 94–110
Susan Rogers Van Katwyk, Manica Balasegaram, Pete Boriello, Jeremy Farrar, Alberto Giubilini, Mark Harrison, Marie-Paule Kieny, Claas Kirchhelle, Joanne Liu, Kevin Outterson, Muhammad Ali Pate, Mathieu Poirier, John-Arne Røttingen, Julian Savulescu, Rebecca Sugden, Visanu Thamlikitkul, Isaac Weldon, Sally Davies, Steven J Hoffman (2019) A roadmap for sustainably governing the global antimicrobial commons. The Lancet. 394(10211):1788-1789
Bowman-Smart H, Savulescu J, Gyngell C, Mand C, Delatycki MB. (2020). Sex selection and non-invasive prenatal testing: a review of current practices, evidence, and ethical issues. Prenatal Diagnosis 40(4):398-407. Top 10% of downloaded papers 2018-2019
Gyngell C, Stark Z, Savulescu J, (2019-online first). Drugs, Genes and Screens: The ethics of preventing and treating Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Bioethics
Cameron J, Savulescu J, (2019) An Objective Approach to Decisions to Withdraw or Withhold Life-sustaining Medical Treatment. Journal of Law and Medicine 27(1):192-210
Ethical, Social and Regulatory Issues in Advanced Prenatal Testing ARC Linkage (Investigators: Catherine Mills, Michelle Taylor-Sands, Martin Delatycki Partner Investigator: Julian Savulescu.
MRFF Genomics Health Futures Mission A Centre for Ethics of Paediatric Genomics to Improve Paediatric Care (Investigators: Julian Savulescu, Christopher Gyngell, Danya Vears, Julian Koplin).
Australian Research Council (Discovery Award) DP190101597- Religion, Pluralism, and Healthcare Practice: A Philosophical Assessment. PI: Justin Oakley. Co-Investigators: Stephen Clarke, Tony Coady. Partner Investigators: Dominic Wilkinson, Julian Savulescu.