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Research overview

I'm the Director of the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies at St Andrews, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine where I work in the area of medical ethics and healthcare policy.  I was a lab-based pharmacologist initially, working in the area of nerve regeneration following spinal cord injury, and became increasingly interested in bioethics, law, policy and practice.  I like to explore questions of trust and fairness in healthcare (nationally and globally), and the challenges of contemporary scientific advances and research ethics.  Recently I've collaborated with the Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis at St Andrews to consider the ethical, social and legal implications of early diagnosis.

I also have interests in pedagogy and SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning), particularly around the teaching of medical ethics and interdisciplinarity. 

I'm a member of the ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education) Research Methodology Group, and the Institute of Medical Ethics Scottish Group. 

Academic/Professional Qualification

B.Sc. Hons (I) Pharmacology, University of Glasgow; M.Sc. Pharmacology, University of Iowa; Ph.D. Physiology, University of Cambridge; PGDip Law, University of London; PGCertHE, University of Dundee

Profile Keywords

Medical ethics and law; research ethics; interdisciplinarity; scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

Master in Science, University of Iowa

Award Date: 1 Dec 1998

Bachelor of Science, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

External positions

Fellow, The Higher Education Academy


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