I am a Wellcome Trust-funded DPhil student at the Oxford Department of Psychiatry, where I work within the Citizens: Early Intervention Ethics project, which aims to investigate young people’s moral attitudes to, and judgements about a range of early intervention strategies to manage moral and behavioural development. Working with young people, the project will progress through several phases: scoping and defining questions; methods development and testing, qualitative research, and e-research tools innovation.
My supervisors are Professor Ilina Singh (Department of Psychiatry) and Dr Nina Hallowell (Ethox Centre). My research within Citizens: EIE is a qualitative study exploring adolescents’ moral perspectives on the recent advances in the identification of genetic correlates of psychiatric conditions. In particular, autism will be used as a case study to involve young people in the ethics debate around psychiatric genomics. I am currently working on the review of the ethics and scientific literature to scope and define my research questions and on the development of the appropriate methodology to address them. Both steps will be informed by the work of the Young People’s Advisory Group which is being set up as part of Citizens: EIE. I co-lead the Psy-Ethics Journal Club within the Oxford Department of Psychiatry and I am also a member of the IME Postgraduate Bioethics Committee.
Citizens: EIE is part of the BeGOOD Early Intervention Ethics project, which investigates the ethical, social, and scientific dimensions of the early intervention paradigm where it intersects with psychiatry, mental health, and child development. BeGOOD is funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award to Professor Ilina Singh.
I hold an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan, 2014), an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Health from University College London (2015), and an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Bioethics from KU Leuven (2016).
Ethical dimensions of translational developmental neuroscience research in autism.
Manzini A. et al, (2021), J Child Psychol Psychiatry
Predictive Psychiatric Genetic Testing in Minors: An Exploration of the Non-Medical Benefits.
Manzini A. and Vears DF., (2018), J Bioeth Inq, 15, 111 - 120
Predictive Psychiatric Genetic Testing in Minors: An Exploration of the Non-Medical Benefits
Manzini A., Journal of Bioethical Inquiry