The Future of Bionics and the Ethical Issues

In partnership with the Australian Embassy in Ireland, Science Gallery Dublin presents a talk exploring the ethical issues relating to bionics and stem cell research around the world. Internationally renowned researcher Gordon Wallace will speak on his work in the area of nanotechnology and the promise of new medical solutions using stem cells and 3D bioprinting;  Susan Dodds (University of New South Wales, Sydney) and David Hoey (Trinity College Dublin) will explore the ethical ramification. The event will be introduced by Simon Mamouney, Deputy Ambassador of the Australian Embassy in Dublin.

About the speakers:

Gordon Wallace is involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in energy and health. In the health area, this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance. In the energy area, this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for use in medical technologies.

Susan Dodds is Dean of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She is a chief investigator and theme leader of the ethics, Policy and Public Engagement theme of the Australian Research Council-funded Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) CE14010012. Susan’s expertise is in moral and political philosophy with a particular focus on bioethics and technology policy.

David Hoey is Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering within the department of mechanical and manufacturing engineering and PI within the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering in Trinity College Dublin. David leads a multidisciplinary experimental mechanobiology research group, where his goal is to integrate engineering mechanics into the understanding of the molecular basis of physiology and disease. His research has discovered novel mechanisms by which bone can sense and respond to a biophysical stimulus.

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