Prof Michael Parker
Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford

Michael Parker is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford. His main research interest is in the ethics of collaborative global health research. Together with partners at the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) in Viet Nam, Malawi, Thailand-Laos, Kenya, and South Africa he co-ordinates the Global Health Bioethics Network – – which is a programme to carry out ethics research and build ethics capacity across the MOPs. The Global Health Bioethics Network is funded through a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award. Michael also leads the ethics programme of the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN) – – which carries out genomic research into severe malaria in childhood at more than 30 sites in 21 countries.

Michael’s other main research interest is in the ethical aspects of the clinical use of genetics. Since 2001, he has – with Anneke Lucassen, Tara Clancy and Angus Clarke – co-ordinated the Genethics Club – – a national ethics forum for health professionals and genetics laboratory staff in the United Kingdom to discuss the ethical issues arising in their day-to-day practice and to share good practice. This work has been published as Ethical Problems and Genetics Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2012).