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Dr Michael Dunn

Dr Michael Dunn

NEW BOOK - MEDICAL ETHICS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

The issue of medical ethics, from thorny moral questions such as euthanasia and the morality of killing to political questions such as the fair distribution of health care resources, is rarely out of today's media. This area of ethics covers a wide range of issues, from mental health to reproductive medicine, as well as including management issues such as resource allocation, and has proven to hold enduring interest for the general public as well as the medical practitioner. This new edition explores the ethical reasoning we can use to approach medical ethics, introducing the most important 'tools' of ethical reasoning, and discussing how argument, thought experiments, and intuition can be combined in the consideration of medical ethics. Considering its practical application, Michael Dunn and Tony Hope explore how medical ethics supports health professionals through the growing use of ethics expertise in clinical settings. They also contemplate the increasingly important place of medical ethics in the wider social context, particularly in this age of globalization, not only in healthcare practice, but also policy, discussions in the media, pressure group and activism settings, and in legal judgments.
The issue of medical ethics, from thorny moral questions such as euthanasia and the morality of killing to political questions such as the fair distribution of health care resources, is rarely out of today's media. This area of ethics covers a wide range of issues, from mental health to reproductive medicine, as well as including management issues such as resource allocation, and has proven to hold enduring interest for the general public as well as the medical practitioner. This new edition explores the ethical reasoning we can use to approach medical ethics, introducing the most important 'tools' of ethical reasoning, and discussing how argument, thought experiments, and intuition can be combined in the consideration of medical ethics. Considering its practical application, Michael Dunn and Tony Hope explore how medical ethics supports health professionals through the growing use of ethics expertise in clinical settings. They also contemplate the increasingly important place of medical ethics in the wider social context, particularly in this age of globalization, not only in healthcare practice, but also policy, discussions in the media, pressure group and activism settings, and in legal judgments.

New Book - Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Bioethics has long been accepted as an interdisciplinary field. The recent 'empirical turn' in bioethics is, however, creating challenges that move beyond those of simple interdisciplinary collaboration, as researchers grapple with the methodological, empirical and meta-ethical challenges of combining the normative and the empirical, as well as navigating the difficulties that can arise from attempts to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Empirical Bioethics: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives brings together contributions from leading experts in the field which speak to these challenges, providing insight into how they can be understood and suggestions for how they might be overcome. Combining discussions of meta-ethical challenges, examples of different methodologies for integrating empirical and normative research, and reflection on the challenges of conducting and publishing such work, this book will both introduce the novice to the field and challenge the expert.
Bioethics has long been accepted as an interdisciplinary field. The recent 'empirical turn' in bioethics is, however, creating challenges that move beyond those of simple interdisciplinary collaboration, as researchers grapple with the methodological, empirical and meta-ethical challenges of combining the normative and the empirical, as well as navigating the difficulties that can arise from attempts to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Empirical Bioethics: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives brings together contributions from leading experts in the field which speak to these challenges, providing insight into how they can be understood and suggestions for how they might be overcome. Combining discussions of meta-ethical challenges, examples of different methodologies for integrating empirical and normative research, and reflection on the challenges of conducting and publishing such work, this book will both introduce the novice to the field and challenge the expert.

Michael Dunn

BA, MA (Cantab.), PhD, PGDipLaTHE, SFHEA


Departmental Lecturer in Health and Social Care Ethics

  • Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law Education, Clinical School
  • Director of the Ethox Centre Graduate Training Programme, NDPH
  • Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and the Humanities, University of Oxford

Research

Mikey works on ethics in health care, social care and research. His research interests focus predominantly on various ethical aspects of community-based and long-term care practice, policy and law - in the UK and internationally. He is actively collaborating with academic colleagues in the UK, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China to pursue a broad range of research studies in this topic area.

The majority of his research time is currently spent on two projects:

  • Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law (with C. Kong, J. Coggon, and P. Cooper; supported by the AHRC)
  • Roles, Responsibilities and the Future of Care for Older Adults (with A. Gallagher; supported by the Wellcome Trust)

In his research, Mikey draws upon - and seeks to integrate - philosophical, social scientific and legal methods of analysis. Connected to this approach, Mikey also has a strong interest in examining questions about:

  • the nature of bioethics
  • the value of empirical ethics research, and
  • novel methodological strategies for answering bioethical research questions.

Mikey has authored more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His most recent book, co-authored with Tony Hope, forms part of Oxford University Press' popular 'Very Short Introductons' series: Medical Ethics: A very short introductionAnother book, co-edited for Cambridge University Press with Jon Ives and Alan Cribb, has also been recently published: Empirical Bioethics: Practical and theoretical perspectives.

His research and practice development activities have been funded through grants awarded by the AHRC, the Ethox Foundation, the Lien Foundation, the Brocher Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Burdett Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Japanese Global Centres of Excellence Programme and the National University of Singapore.

Teaching

Mikey plays a major role in Ethox's teaching activities. As Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law Education, he is responsible for leading and managing the delivery of the medical ethics and law curriculum to the clinical students within the University of Oxford’s Medical School. As Director of the Ethox Centre Graduate Research Training Programme, he is working to foster the development of bioethics teaching and research skills amongst Ethox's cohort of DPhil students and junior post-doctoral researchers.

Mikey has recently completed, with Distinction, the University of Oxford's Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. He now mentors junior colleagues undertaking this professional qualification and  was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy in 2015.

Mikey has supervised 5 doctoral students at the University of Oxford: Kyle Edwards, Leah Rand, Gulamabbas Lakha, Lovro Savic, and Marisha Wickremsinhe.

In 2018, he was one of 15 academics shortlisted in the "Outstanding Graduate Supervisor" category in Oxford University's Annual Teaching Awards.

Other Academic Activities

Mikey sits on a number of advisory committees for research studies and practice development activities, and has acted as a consultant for ethics projects established by the Health Foundation, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS.

He also currently holds the following appointments:

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Editorial Board member and Book Reviews Editor, Ethics and Social Welfare
  • Member, National Social Care Research Ethics Committee, NRES
  • Member and Training Officer, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Ethics Advisory Group
  • Member, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Ethics Advisory Group
  • Member, Institute of Medical Ethics Research Committee
  • Chair, Exam Board, Part I Preliminary Exam in Medicine (Graduate Entry), University of Oxford
  • External Examiner, MBChB Ethics and Law Theme, University of Bristol
  • Specialist Advisor on Ethics and Values, Executive Advisory Board, Careport

Background

Mikey has worked at the Ethox Centre since 2009. He was awarded a BA in geography in 2004 (MA, 2007) from the University of Cambridge and he received his PhD in 2009. His doctoral research was undertaken in the Department of Psychiatry, also at Cambridge, and focused on the law, ethics and practice of residential care work for adults with intellectual disabilities. He has previously held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Tokyo, the Hastings Center in New York, the VU University Amsterdam, the University of Oslo, the University of Bradford, and at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

ONLINE LECTURES, WEBCASTS AND INTERVIEWS

Research Ethics Regulation. The MI Interview, The Mason Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, 21st January 2016.

 

Ethical Challenges of Managing Chronic Diseases. CUHK Centre for Bioethics Launch Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 9th January 2015.

 

Teaching and Learning Using Difficult Clinical Cases: An ethics 'toolbox' for clinicians and educators. CUHK Centre for Bioethics First Annual Summer Workshop, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 16th July 2014.