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Dr Hilary Bowman-Smart

Dr Hilary Bowman-Smart

Hilary Bowman-Smart


Researcher in the Ethics of Prenatal Genetics and Genomics

Hilary Bowman-Smart 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 different socio-cultural and political contexts (England, France and Germany). 

Hilary is an empirical bioethicist and undertook her PhD at the University of Melbourne. She has a background in both genetics and philosophy. She has been working on research relating to NIPT since 2017. She has experience with a variety of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. She combines empirical research with ethical analysis.  

Hilary’s area of research is primarily reproductive ethics, with a focus on emerging reproductive technologies such as NIPT. She has also worked on ethical issues associated with termination of pregnancy, expanded reproductive carrier screening, genetic parenthood, and genome editing.