Dr 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.
'The tabloid test': a qualitative interview study on the function and purpose of termination of pregnancy review committees in Victoria, Australia.
Bowman-Smart H. et al, (2023), Reprod Health, 20
Storing paediatric genomic data for sequential interrogation across the lifespan.
Gyngell C. et al, (2023), J Med Ethics
Non-invasive prenatal testing in Germany: a unique ethical and policy landscape.
Bowman-Smart H. et al, (2022), Eur J Hum Genet
'Diagnostic shock': the impact of results from ultrarapid genomic sequencing of critically unwell children on aspects of family functioning.
Bowman-Smart H. et al, (2022), Eur J Hum Genet, 30, 1036 - 1043
NON-INVASIVE PRENATAL TESTING FOR ADULT-ONSET CONDITIONS: REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND THE WELFARE OF THE FUTURE CHILD
Taylor-Sands M. and Bowman-Smart H., (2022), MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, 45