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Must the relatives be told? Legal and ethical issues in relation to the non-disclosure of genetic information by healthcare professionals to relatives (T4/10)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Genetic testing may have profound implications not merely for the patient who is tested, but for those who are genetically related to them. It also raises a host of legal and ethical issues for health care professionals involved in genetic testing in relation to the issue of what, when and how relatives should be told.

The project will involve a review of the relevant case law and secondary literature, and examination of the ethical, legal and social issues in relation to the disclosure/non-disclosure of genetic test results to relatives following the leading case of ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 336, exploring the appropriate balance between the patient’s right to confidentiality/privacy and the interests of relatives in disclosure; whether a legal duty of care ought to be imposed in such cases, and the proper basis and scope of such duty, and whether a failure to disclose such results may be regarded as infringing the relative’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Entry Requirements

UK Bachelor Degree with at least 2:1 in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

This project is available for UK/EU/International students.

How to Apply

Application advice and application link

Funding Notes

This project is funded by the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme.

Stipend for the PhD: Year 1 £19,919; Year 2 £21,542; Year 3 £23,298; Year 4 £23,997 (rates as of September 2019).

4 year PhD fee waiver at UK/EU rates.

International applicants need to ensure they can fund the difference between UK/EU and international fees for the duration of their studies.

We also will offer 2 fully funded places to international applicants from Lower-middle income countries per year. These will provide a full overseas fee waiver and stipend for 4 years.

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