Dr Adeline Perrot
Researcher in the Ethics of Prenatal Genetics and Genomics
Adeline Perrot is a researcher at the Ethox Centre of the Nuffield Department of Population Health. She is currently working in a team with Ruth Horn, Associate Professor in Ethics, on a research project to explore the ethical issues raised by the implementation of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in routine clinical care in England, France and Germany. As part of the international comparison, she will be responsible for the French and English research sites.
Adeline is a trained sociologist (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) - Paris) with experience in ethnographic methods (in situ observations, document analysis and interviews). Her research focuses on sociotechnical and scientific controversies, particularly in the field of medical practices. She has an interest in the ethical issues that emerge in everyday situations and how they are resolved through cooperation, negotiation or opposition between actors from different social worlds. In her previous studies on genetic neuromuscular diseases, she has examined the ethical, political, legal and clinical issues related to genetic diagnosis, reproductive genetic counselling (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis), family genetic investigation and information sharing.
After having explored the social and ethical issues arising in genetic testing in the postnatal context i.e. the social consequences of chronic genetic disease during childhood, youth and adulthood, in terms of the upheaval in social relations of age, Adeline will continue her work at the Ethox Centre by focusing her attention on the prenatal context (NIPT).