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The Centre for Professional Ethics is an internationally known research and teaching institution at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. Since its establishment in 1993, it has gained a reputation for excellence in various areas of ethics. The Centre has significant expertise in co‐ordinating and participating in European projects (e.g. Euroscreen I, Euroscreen II, EuroGenBank, Xenotransplantation in Europe, Euro Elsav, EuroPHEN, ELSAGEN, EMPIRE, BESHA, GenBenefit, MongolEthics, CLINT, INNOVA‐P2, GEST), as well as projects funded by other sources (e.g. Wellcome Trust, German Ministry of Science, Academy of Finland, Nordic Academy of Advanced Studies, ESRC). The majority of projects deal with the incorporation of socio‐ethical considerations into scientific debates and policymaking. The global outreach of the Centre is considerable, with long‐standing collaborations across the world.

Doris-Schroeder-UCLANProf. Doris Schroeder was educated in Germany and the United Kingdom at postgraduate level in economics / management and philosophy / politics. Her first career was in management, as a strategic planner for Time Warner. She is Professor of Moral Philosophy and Director at the Centre for Professional Ethics in Preston, UK, Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at Uclan Cyprus and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Charles Sturt University Canberra, Australia.

Doris has published widely on benefit sharing, global justice, dignity and access to medicines. She co‐ordinated two previous EU‐projects as well as projects funded by the Wellcome Trust. Doris has given invited papers on topics of justice and science governance in China, India, Canada, the US, South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Greece.

David-Coles-UCLANDr David Coles is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, a Research Associate at the University of Newcastle’s School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and Director of Enhance International Ltd. Interests include ethical and risk communication issues, particularly in relation to food production and security, biomedical ethics, multidisciplinary, converging and emerging technology research, innovation and the relationship between science, technology and policy.

Miltos-Ladikas-UCLANDr Miltos Ladikas is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK. He has held research positions at the London School of Economics and the Science Museum in the UK as well as the European Academy for Technology Assessment and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. His research background covers the areas of technology assessment, public perceptions of science and technology, ethics in science and technology policy, and science and development. He has coordinated a number of international research projects in these areas. He is currently the coordinator of Global Ethics in Science and Technology Policy, a project funded by FP7, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research.

Thomas-Pogge-UCLANProf. Thomas Pogge received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University, USA, and has published widely on Kant and in moral and political philosophy. He is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University, USA, adjunct professor of political philosophy at the Centre for Professional Ethics of the University of Central Lancashire, UK, research director at the University of Oslo Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Norway, and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. His recent publications include Politics as Usual (Polity, 2010), World Poverty and Human Rights (2nd edition, Polity, 2008), Global Justice and Global Ethics (co‐edited, Paragon House, 2008), The Health Impact Fund (with Aidan Hollis, Incentives for Global Health, 2008), John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice (Oxford, 2007) and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right (edited, Oxford & UNESCO, 2007). Pogge is president of Academics Stand Against Poverty.

Julie-Cook-LucasJulie Cook Lucas is a research associate in the Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK. After obtaining a BA (Hons) in English literature, Julie developed national women’s health initiatives at the Health Education Authority of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) in the 1980s. Julie ran award‐winning health and environment campaigns for the Women’s Environmental Network through the early 1990s, and co‐founded the UK’s first course on ecofeminism at Birkbeck College, University of London, in 1994. Her interests revolve around environmental issues, feminism and animal rights, and she has worked for a range of NGOs, including some in the anti‐vivisection and pro‐choice movements.  She joined the Centre for Professional Ethics in 2005 and now works as a project manager on a range of externally funded research projects in connection with health and global justice. She has published a number of papers on benefit sharing, with particular emphasis on gender issues.

Brigit-Chesworth-UCLAN Dr Brigit Chesworth is a Research Associate in the Research Support Team of Uclan’s School of Health. Her background is in Clinical Medicine and in Public Health. She holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and in Medicine & Surgery, and has also completed a Master of Public Health degree. Brigit qualified as a doctor in 2008, and prior to joining UCLAN held various clinical posts in primary and secondary care and in Public Health. Her work as a Research Associate in the Research Support Team involves providing academic support for a range of research activities and projects across the School of Health. She also provides day‐to‐day, practical management of the Research Support Team, under the supervision of the Director of Research.

Francesca-Irene-Cavallaro Dr Francesca Irene Cavallaro  is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK, currently in charge of ProGReSS’ dissemination activity. She served as senior researcher and clinical research coordinator at Tecnalia Research and Innovation (Spain), where she has developed a thorough knowledge of both the industry and policy perspectiives on R&D+I projects related to health, ageing and ICT. Prior to joining UCLan in May 2014 she was associated researcher at the Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. With a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from University of Siena (Italy), a degree in Epistemology, and almost six years spent in private research and technology centers, Francesca posseses a multidisciplinary background and an extensive experience in working with designers, engineers, medical doctors, end users and end user organisations.


Heather Cadd is a Clerical Assistant in the Research Support Team at the School of Health. Heather provides a high level of administrative support to research projects across the School of Health. Prior to undertaking her current role, Heather has worked in the Health Care and Public sector gaining 18 months administrative experience. Heather holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Lancaster University.