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Oliver Feeney


Dr Oliver Feeney (PhD) is an associate researcher with the Centre of Bioethical Research and Analysis, Discipline of Philosophy, University of Galway and researcher in Ethics and Governance of Genome Editing, Ethics of Genome Editing Research Unit, Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tübingen, Germany.

Dr. Feeney’s primary research is on ethical, legal, and social (justice) implications of biomedical technologies, particularly the ethics and governance of genome editing; ethics of human enhancement; trust in science and medicine, and the role of patents in new technologies. He has published on these topics, and others, in a number of high-impact journals including Bioethics, Developing World Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, The American Journal of Bioethics, European Journal of Health Law and Social Epistemology. 

Dr Feeney gained his PhD in political theory and bioethics from the School of Political Science & Sociology, NUI Galway and the thesis (on genetics and justice) received the 2009 Basil Chubb Prize. He has been involved in a number of European initiatives, including the COST Action IS1303 (focussed on ELSI issues in genetic testing and research in Europe) and the Network of the International (formerly UNESCO) Chair in Bioethics, Haifa. Dr Feeney has already served a first term with the Life and Medical Sciences Committee (2018-2022) and has been active particularly in the areas of Genomics and Bioethics.

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