Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities
The Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, based at the University of Oxford's Big Data Institute, addresses the need for research in ethics and humanities concerning the challenges brought about by advancements in neuroscience, big data, genomics, and global interconnectedness, as well as their convergence. It offers a flexible multidisciplinary research platform to tackle the complex questions arising from the form, scale, scope, and societal impact of these developments. The Centre's objective is to lead discussions on the ethical requirements for scientific research and technological innovation, with the aim of improving health and establishing public trust and confidence.
In a rapidly advancing world of science and technology with significant ethical and social implications, the researchers at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities strive to spearhead discussions on the ethical prerequisites for scientific research and technological innovation that can command public trust and confidence.
The changing nature and breadth of biomedical research, along with broader technological and social advancements, present unprecedented challenges to the fundamental assumptions and practices of ethics and humanities as presently understood. Successfully engaging with these challenges necessitates a paradigm shift and a change in scale when approaching ethics and humanities research.
The Centre is a collaborative endeavour involving the Ethox Centre, the Oxford Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Group (Neurosec), the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for History of Science, Medicine and Technology.
The research themes at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities include:
- Data and Information
- Ethics and Neuroscience
- Genomics and Genome Editing
- Global Connectedness and Interdependence
- History at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities
- Rethinking Collective Minds
- Rethinking Ethics and History in Global Health
- Rethinking Infection and History
- Rethinking Justice and Discrimination
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