Prof Bobbie Farsides

Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics

Area of Expertise:

Medical Ethics

Research Area(s):

Medical Ethics & Humanities, Neuroscience

Prof Bobbie Farsides

+44 (0)1273 877630

Prof Farsides' PA:
Lisa Costick/Ellen Thomas
+44 (0)1273 877890

Brighton & Sussex Medical School, BN1 9PX



Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, 2006-present

Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London, 1999-2006

Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King's College London, 1996-1999

Director, Centre for Contemporary Ethical Studies, Keele University, 1992-1996

Permanent Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Keele University, 1990-1996

Temporary Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Keele University, 1986-1990

Research Assistant, 1985-1986

Lecturer (PT), Department of Government and Department of Social Science and Administration, London School of Economics, 1982-1986


PhD, London School of Economics, 1992

BSc (Economics), London School of Economics, University of London, 1978-1981

Research focus

Ethical issues relating to healthcare, especially ante-natal screening and testing, reproductive technologies, palliative care and issues around death and dying.

  • Dr Catherine Will, Department of Sociology, University of Sussex
  • Professor Clare Williams, Brunel University
  • Professor Rosamund Scott, King's College London
  • Professor Myfanwy Morgan, King's College London
  • 2011-2014 Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics in Developing Countries Doctoral scholarship for  Dr Adamu Adassie, 'Adoption of rapid ethical appraisal as a practical method of assessing ethical issues relating to biomedical research projects in Ethiopia', Co-Supervisor with Dr Gail Davey (BSMS)
  • September 2009 NIHR Programme Grant, Increasing the Acceptability and Rates of Organ Donation Among Ethnic Groups, PI: Prof Morgan (KCL), with Prof Jones (KCL), Dr Sque (Southampton), Prof Grieve (KCL), Prof Newton (KCL), Prof Rhandawa (Bedfordshire), Prof MCGuire (LSE), Dr Scoble (Guys and St Thomas’s)
  • 2009-2014 Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Strategic Award, The ethics of translational research: from ‘unnatural entities’ to experimental treatments, LABTEC - London & Brighton Translational Ethics Centre, with Prof Williams (KCL) Prof Cribb (KCL), Prof Michael (Goldsmiths), Dr Minger (KCL), Prof Salter (CBAS), Prof Scott (KCL), Prof Seale (QMUL), Prof Shaw (KCL) & Prof Wainwright (CBAS)
  • 2007-2009 Wellcome Trust, A framework for the acquisition of embryos for research, with Prof Clare Williams (KCL), Dr Sue Avery (Birmingham), Prof Sarah Franklin (LSE)
  • 2004- 2006 ESRC Stem Cell Programme, Mapping stem cell innovation in action, Co-applicant with Dr Clare Williams (Nursing, KCL), Mr Nigel Heaton, (Head of Liver Studies, King’s College Hospital); Professors Cribb (Public Policy, King’s College) and Michael  (Sociology, Goldsmith’s College); and Dr Wainwright (Nursing, KCL)  
  • Wellome Trust Project Grant, Facilitating choice, framing choice: experiences of staff working in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, Principal applicant Dr Clare Williams (Nursing, KCL) Co-Applicant with Professor Sandall (Midwifery, KCL); Professor Braude, (PGD Unit, Guy’s Hospital); Dr Scott (Law)
  • 2002-2005 Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research in the Developing World PhD funding, Consent to research participation in a developing world context, Ms Susan Bull

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