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HeLEX transferred to the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford on 1 August 2019. Its new website will be available shortly. The unit's research focus remains unchanged. In the short term, the contact details remain the same.

The Centre specialises in investigating the relationships between law, ethics, and practice in the area of emerging technologies in health, and honing those relationships to facilitate effective translational outcomes. We investigate areas where new technologies are having a significant impact, such as the use of next generation sequencing technologies in the clinic and big data approaches in research. To address these complex issues we carry out interdisciplinary research drawing on tools from law, philosophy and the social sciences with the aim of improving or guiding evolving practice.

Research at HeLEX increases understanding of how the use and impact of innovative technologies in health can be accommodated within existing legal and governance frameworks, and the extent to which such frameworks may need to evolve.  Our research is embedded in scientific practice ranging from whole genome sequencing to stem cell development and biobanking.  We specialise in practical solutions, developing best practice and new forms of project governance by being integrated in cutting-edge scientific projects from conception to dissemination. Our advice is based upon evidence-based research, academic scholarship, ethical and legal analysis and experience and understanding of emerging trends in medical research. We use this research and knowledge to provide advice, support and teaching, and as a basis for input into policy deliberations.  Our current international research focuses on the governance of research infrastructures such as biobanks, information law, privacy, data-sharing frameworks, global governance, personalised medicine, and translational research.


We welcome self-funded academic visitors from around the world. During a visit to the centre, we encourage integration within the team and the opportunity to share experience and discuss ideas. Where possible, visitors will have the opportunity to present their work to the team in an informal seminar. We welcome applications from students or academics to visit us and base their research at our offices here at Ewert House for any period from 1 to 12 weeks.

Please see the Faculty of Law website for information on how to apply.

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MISFIRES Workshop: Healthcare Activism Between market and Morals - 20 September 2019

The interdisciplinary workshop “Healthcare activism between markets and morals” draws together scholarship and emerging research from disciplines including Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Organisation Studies, Healthcare and Legal Studies to map existing knowledge on healthcare activism and to sketch a future research agenda at the crossroads of ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ healthcare activism.

Find out more on the MISFIRES website.


Dr Michael Morrison sheds light on the promsies, as well as the challenges when it comes to biomodifying technologies for the UK. Read the article in Open Access Government.

Biomodifying Technologies &  BioGOV

Dr Michael Morrison and Miranda Mourby contributed to a research article published in Impact.

Read the article here: Biomodifying technologies and experimental space: Organisational and regulatory implications for the translation and valuation of health research


Dr Megan Prictor from the HeLEX@Melbourne Team discusses health information database MyHealth Record and whether personal and confidential data is safe in the system.

Listen to the radio interview with Joy FM.

ELSI 2.0 Webinars

Visit our ELSI 2.0 page to download ELSI 2.0 live webinars.


Our team

Selected publications

Related research themes