The Centre for Human Bioethics in the Faculty of Arts has been designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. In this role, the centre will support WHO in awareness-raising and capacity-building activities in ethics and health, provide technical assistance to member states, and collaborate with WHO on ethical and policy issues associated with infectious disease control and biomedical research.
Director of the new centre, Professor Michael Selgelid said the designation demonstrates that the Centre for Human Bioethics is showing international leadership in the area of bioethics.
“WHO plays a paramount role in global public health practice and policy. As a collaborating centre we’ll be working with the WHO on some of the most important ethical issues surrounding global public health,” Professor Selgelid said.
“Our work as a collaborating centre will both directly and indirectly influence global public health practice and policy—and thus have real impact.”