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People Professor Julian Savulescu

Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease


Uehiro Professor in Practical Ethics

Professor Julian Savulescu is Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Geoengineering, and Principal Investigator for our Resource Stewardship and Vaccines programmes.

The Institute of Science and Ethics (ISE, formerly known as the Programme on the Ethics of the New Biosciences) is a founding institute of the Oxford Martin School. It has achieved self-sufficiency through attracting donor funding such as the Loebel Lectures and Research Programme (OLLRP), and the Practical Ethics and Science of Altruism (PESA) , embedding ethics in OMS programmes such as Mind and Machine, Oxford Geoengineering Programme (OGP), Oxford Martin Programme on Vaccines (Vaccines), Oxford  Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship (OMPORS), and external research funds (Shepherd’s Wellcome Trust Fellowship; Savulescu’s Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award Responsibility and Healthcare).  

Areas of research include: the ethics of genetics, especially predictive genetic testing, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, prenatal testing, behavioural genetics, genetic enhancement, gene therapy. Research ethics, especially ethics of embryo research, including embryonic stem cell research.

Photo credit: Polly Borland

Media Coverage

Jul 2016
CRISPR – part two
Aug 2015
The Science Hour: Brain in a Dish
Feb 2015
Mitochondrial disease kills 150 children a year. A micro-transplant can cure it
Oct 2014
How the wealthy paying to be guinea pigs in clinical trials could help cure us all
Oct 2014
Giving the Brain a Buzz: The Ultimate in Self-Help or a Dangerous Distraction?
Sep 2014
Leading medical ethics academic says performance enhancing drugs should be allowed at safe levels
Jan 2014
Home births ‘are ethical equivalent of driving without child seatbelts’
Sep 2013
A dopey philosophy?
Aug 2013
Should cloned mammoths roam the Earth?
Jul 2013
Mammoth cloning: the ethics
Mar 2013
Chemical seduction: How ‘love drugs’ may one day help couples save failing relationships
Feb 2013
Legalise PEDs and we'll prosper
Feb 2013
My chemical romance: can medicine cure divorce?
Feb 2013
Doping in sport - should it be legal?
Jan 2013
Sports doping should be legal and controlled
Jan 2013
Sports doping should be legal and controlled
Dec 2012
Maybe it's time for a little human enhancement
Dec 2012
Maybe it's time for a little human enhancement
Dec 2012
The twins who share a body
Oct 2012
BBC Radio Oxford
Oct 2012
Muslim family lose ‘right to live’ case
Oct 2012
Stem-cell duo win Nobel medicine prize
Sep 2012
Rethink needed on medicalising non-disease
Sep 2012
Robust ethics for gene selection
Sep 2012
No mother or unborn child deserves the risk of a home birth
Sep 2012
Inside Oxford University
Aug 2012
Think what we'd achieve if we never slept a wink
Aug 2012
Doping charges
Aug 2012
Genetic screening a moral obligation?
Aug 2012
Permit doping so we can monitor it
Jul 2012
We need an open market for doping
Jun 2012
The eternal love exists
Jun 2012
Label with care
May 2012
Engineering love
May 2012
‘Love pills' that save marriages could soon be a reality
Apr 2012
New thinking on pill-popping
Apr 2012
Master the new loom before life’s tapestry unravels at our hands
Mar 2012
Scientists explore whether pill could treat subconscious racism
Mar 2012
Can a common blood pressure drug combat subconscious racism?
Mar 2012
Heart drug can alter racial attitudes
Mar 2012
Killing babies no different from abortion
Mar 2012
Infanticide is repellent
Mar 2012
Doctors 'should have the right to kill unwanted or disabled babies at birth'
Mar 2012
Death threats received by academics advocating killing newborn babies
Mar 2012
Infanticide should be legal like abortion?
Feb 2012
The ethics of test-tube hamburgers
Feb 2012
Creating viruses
Feb 2012
Race to keep a lid on labs creating ‘artificial life’ amid boom in DIY ‘biohackers’
Feb 2012
Biological weapons
Feb 2012
Advancement of science
Jan 2012
Brain stimulation 'not a magic pill'
Jan 2012
Electric shock treatment ‘improves academic performance
Jan 2012
Has cosmetic surgery been normalised?
Dec 2011
Newshour
Dec 2011
Hackers developing virus to infect human mind?
Dec 2011
Start the Week: Performance enhancing drugs in sport
Nov 2011
One in five vegetative patients 'can still think and respond'
Oct 2011
European ban on embryonic stem cell technologies
Sep 2011
Too smart for our own good
Feb 2011
Only breed smart babies: Ethicist