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Dr Malcolm Smith

Dr Malcolm Smith was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, and a Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)'s School of Law, where he is a member of the Health Law Research Programme. Previously, he was a Claims Manager and Member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, where he was responsible for managing clinical negligence, employers' liability, and public liability claims. He was also a Tutor in Medical Ethics at Imperial College London, and a Teaching Associate at Queen Mary University of London's School of Law. He originally studied Law at the University of Greenwich, and went on to obtain an LLM in Health Law at Nottingham Trent University before obtaining his PhD at QUT. His PhD research concerned the regulatory aspects of preimplantation tissue typing for the creation of saviour siblings, and his current research focuses on the broader legal, regulatory and ethical issues associated with assisted reproductive technologies.

BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Malcolm Smith:
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Changes to PGD regulation in Victoria, Australia
15 August 2011 - by Dr Malcolm Smith
The Australian state of Victoria was the first common law jurisdiction in the world to enact legislation to regulate assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs). Victoria's legislative framework has been updated a number of times and the most recent legislation (the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (Vic)) came into effect on 1 January 2010... [Read More]
Licensing 'saviour siblings': Why the HFEA is right
22 February 2010 - by Dr Malcolm Smith
Two recent Bionews commentaries have considered the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's (HFEA) review of the case-case approach to licensing PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) for late-onset disorders and the use of pre-implantation tissue-typing (PITT) for the creation of 'saviour siblings'. This article considers further, some of the underlying reasons why the HFEA approach to case-by-case licensing of PITT is justified.... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Malcolm Smith:
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Book Review: Reprogen-Ethics and the Future of Gender
18 July 2011 - by Dr Malcolm Smith
This edited essay collection tackles the ethics of reprogenetics; the intersection of reproductive and genetic technologies. The essays cover the role of gender in reprogenetics and the overlap between gender, assisted reproduction and genetic enhancement. The book is divided into five sections, each with several sub-chapters... [Read More]
Book Review: A Guide to Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
5 July 2010 - by Dr Malcolm Smith
This guide is invaluable for anyone who has an interest in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), particularly those who do not have a scientific background and are interested in the regulatory and ethical issues associated with this technology... [Read More]
Book Review: Regulating Autonomy
19 April 2010 - by Dr Malcolm Smith
This book consists of twelve essays that consider the concept of autonomy - individual self-governance - in private life. The essays analyse how much intimate relationships and reproductive decision-making should be affected by law, regulation and social policy. The collection will therefore appeal to legal scholars, social scientists, bioethicists, and policy makers alike... [Read More]