Based within the University of Oxford, and led by the World Health Organization, Epidemic Ethics is a global bioethics network providing real-time, trusted, contextual support to communities, policy makers, researchers, and responders in relation to the ethical issues arising out of global health emergencies. Our key partners include the Fogarty International Center, Global Forum on Bioethics in Research, Global Health Network, Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres and Wellcome. We are compromised of a core team which manages day to day activities, and a Steering Committee. To find out more please see below:

 

Core Team

 Dr Katherine Littler,

Alongside Mike Parker, Katherine Littler is the Epidemic Ethics network owner. Dr Littler is currently the co-lead of the Health Ethics & Governance Unit at WHO Headquarters, Geneva. She is passionate about embedding ethics more effectively in global health decision making and increasing ethics capacity around the globe. Whilst a lot of her current focus is on COVID-related work, she is also focused on realizing the potential benefits of emerging technologies in different settings, with particular reference to human genome editing; the ethics and governance of clinical trial design and identifying gaps in ethical oversight in global health.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Professor Mike Parker 

Alongside Katherine Littler, Mike Parker is the Epidemic Ethics network owner. Mike is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Oxford, the Director of the Ethox Centre, the Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, founding Co-Director of the Oxford-Johns Hopkins Global Infectious Disease Ethics Collaborative (GLIDE), Director of the Global Health Bioethics Network, and member of the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Professor Parker leads a programme of cross-disciplinary research focused on the identification and analysis of ethical problems presented by advances in genomics, data science, and global health, and the opportunities and challenges afforded by embedding ethics research into large scale biomedical science and healthcare innovations.

 

 Dr Susan Bull

Susi is the Epidemic Ethics Programme Director. Dr Bull is an associate professor in bioethics, at the University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK, and the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Bull’s research focuses on global health ethics, including ethical issues associated with data sharing, genomic research, seeking consent to research, and the ethical review of research. Current research interests include the ethics of controlled human infection (challenge) studies and ethical issues associated with infectious disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics.

 

 Dr Maxwell J. Smith

Max is a bioethicist and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University, Canada. He is Co-Director of Western’s Health, Ethics, Law and Policy (HELP) lab, and ohlds appointments in the Department of Philosophy, the Rotman Insitute of Philosophy, the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration. He is also a consulting clinical bioethicist at Sunnybrook Halth Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana Schoo of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr Smith’s researchi in the area of public health ethics and focuses specifically on the ethical dimensions involved in the pursuit of health equity.

 

Dr Joao Rangel De Almeida

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 Kevin Childs 

Kevin is the Digital Product and Engagement Manager for Epidemic Ethics. He has over ten years experience in digital marketing, communications and engagement strategy, working across diverse industries and sectors. He has a bachelors and masters degree in English Langauge and Literature, and Professional Certificate in Digital Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

 

 Dina Rippon

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Voo Teck Chuan

Teck Chuan (TC) is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, at the National University of Singapore. TC’s academic background is in Philosophy and Medical Jurisprudence, with specific research interests in public health, and epidemic preparedness and response. He is the Director of Graduate Education at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, and also directs the Centre's role as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. Internationally, he serves as a steering committee member of the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research and is a member of the WHO Working Group on Ethics and COVID-19.

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Dr Jane Lim

Jane is a research fellow at the NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics, and is currently a member of the Epidemic Ethics (EE) project which is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Department for International Development, in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Under the EE project, her research focuses on developing appropriate resources to assist institutions, researchers, policymakers and communities in addressing ethical issues arising in the context of global health emergencies. Her academic background is in infectious diseases epidemiology, with a focus on the behavioural aspects of cross-sector antibiotic resistance

 

 

Dr Jantina De Vries

Jantina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine of the University of Cape Town. Her work focuses on ensuring fair and equitable collaboration in African genomics research and biobanking, and involves empirical research on a range of ethical challenges pertinent to these methodologies. She is co-lead of the IFGENERA H3Africa ELSI Collaborative Centre, which focuses on exploring African research participants’ views on the return of individual genetic research results generated in the context of genomics research. She is the immediate past Chair of the H3Africa Working Group on Ethics. Jantina obtained her DPhil at the University of Oxford in the UK in April 2011 and was the ethics coordinator for MalariaGEN. She has published widely on ethical issues in genomics research, on topics like informed consent, data sharing, ethnic stigmatisation, genomic sovereignty and other related topics.

 

Dr Tom Obengo

Tom is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town. His current research interests include Epidemic Ethics, Genetic Therapies on Debilitating Illnesses, the African Ubuntu Ethics, the Ethics of Care and Gender Roles in the Context of Pandemics, and the Influence of Religion on Bioethics. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Applied Ethics, specialising in Bioethics, from the University of Stellenbosch. His doctoral dissertation titled "A Utilitarian Assessment of the Relevance of Genetic Therapies for HIV/AIDS in Africa, with Special Reference to the Situation in Kenya" was carried out and completed under the supervision of Prof. Anton A. van Niekerk of the Department of Philosophy at Stellenbosch. Tom is a Senior Lecturer of Ethics, Philosophy, and Apologetics at Moffat Bible College in Kijabe, Kenya where he also serves as the Vice-Principal for Academic Affairs; a Visiting Lecturer of Bioethics in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Kabarak University; Adjunct Faculty for Bioethics at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI); a member of both the Bioethics Society of Kenya (BSK) and the AIC Kijabe Hospital Ethics Review Board; and an ordained church minister of the Africa Inland Church (AIC) Kenya.

 

 Dr Ilana Ambrogi 

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 Dr Luciana Brito

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Dr Halina Suwalowska

Halina is a Researcher in Global Health Bioethics at the Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford. She is working on the Ethical preparedness of frontline workers in humanitarian crises (RECAP) project. Her particular focus is on the ethical and social issues emerging in managing dead bodies during natural disasters and epidemics and the challenges experienced by frontline staff and ‘last responders’ when caring for the dead. Halina is a sociologist. She completed a DPhil in Population Health at the Ethox Centre in 2020. Her doctoral research focused on the ethics and politics of settings. The findings of her study inspired an art exhibition, ‘Beyond the body: a portrait of autopsy’ that has been shown in the UK and internationally. Before joining the Ethox Centre, Halina worked at the Wellcome Trust in London. In 2015 Halina went on a 12-month secondment to the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam and Nepal, where she conducted a qualitative study investigating the local academic climate as well as perceptions and barriers to undertaking science.

 

 

Steering Committee

Dr João Rangel de Almeida 

Dr John Amuasi 

Professor Elizabeth Bukusi 

Dr Susan Bull 

Kevin Childs

Professor Jeffrey Kahn 

Professor Gagandeep Kang 

Dr Katherine Littler 

Professor Michael Parker 

Professor Helen Rees 

Dinnah Rippon 

Dr Barbara Sina 

Dr Maxwell Smith 

Professor Ross Upshur 

 

Partnerships 

 

University of Oxford

World Health Organisation

Wellcome Trust

Fogarty International Centre

Global Forum for Bioethics in Research

The Global Health Network