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David is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biomedicine, Health, and Society, University of Edinburgh. He previously worked at Newcastle University Law School in November 2016 as a postdoc research fellow supported by the University's Research Excellence Academy. His PhD was conducted at the Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation, at the University of Manchester; and previously he undertook an LLM in Biotechnological Law and Ethics at the University of Sheffield. Once upon a time he studied neuroscience, but didn't much like all the maths. David’s PhD research largely focussed on human enhancement technologies and the ways in which they are likely to affect both society and what it means to be human. In pursuing this research he became interested in Artificial Intelligence and the prospect of the creation of novel types of being and consciousness, and the societal implications they might have. David’s work aims to explore this more fully, and examine how the law and policy might be affected by their emergence. He has other research interests in bioethics and the medical law more generally. He has published by myself and with others on a range of recent issues including Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy, CRISPR, and germline editing; as well as topics from paleoanthropological bioethics to the philosophy of the doctor's white coat to how society views the superhero. David is also a founding alumnus member of the Institute of Medical Ethics' Postgraduate Students Committee, which arranges the annual Postgraduate Bioethics Conference as well as various other events for PGRs in bioethics and medical law.


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