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Final Report Summary - ENHANCEMENT ETHICS (Ethical aspects of human enhancement and the ownership of biological material)

The main objectives of this project were (i) to address relevant ethical aspects of human enhancement from a virtue ethics perspective and (ii) to identify and explore the philosophical dimensions of ownership of biological material which are related to human enhancement. My host and supervisor is Professor Julian Savulescu who is the director of ‘The Oxford Uehiro Centre of Practical Ethics’, ‘The Program of Ethics and the New Biosciences in the 21st Century School’ as well as ‘The Wellcome Centre for Neuroethics’ at University of Oxford. I am happy to report that my MC Fellowship has been a very productive and successful time for me. The protected research time has allowed me to: write scholarly articles, develop key professional skills and build my network. As detailed below I have exceeded the number of published articles that was stated in the initial application. Also I have received numerous grants and here I would especially like to mention my Oxford Merit Award. This great recognition was given to me in The Humanities Division Merit Award Exercise 08/09, Oxford Philosophy Faculty. Motivation: the University’s merit review exercise is designed to reward those employees who have performed well in all key areas of their jobs and who have, in addition, demonstrated performance at an excellent level above that which could reasonably be expected. In order to be considered for the Merit Award one has to be nominated by the Head of Department (in my case Professor Julian Savulescu).

As detailed in my application for the MC Grant my work would (amongst other things) result in writing 4 academic articles and a ‘horizon scanning report’. So far 2 of the articles have been accepted for publication in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals. With regards to the remaining 2 articles I have made substantial head-way and intend to submit both for peer-review before the end of this year. As the subjects of the two on-going articles are intimately linked and inform each other I am working on them in parallel (see below for a description). The horizon scanning report is on-going - because of its very nature it has to be a living document. As anticipated the horizon scanning report has been very useful, it has informed several of the articles and it has increased my ability to partake in the discussions and seminars in Oxford and elsewhere. Indeed, the report will continue to grow and play a useful role in my research.

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The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford
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