Professor Ruth Chadwick


Professor Ruth Chadwick is Professor Emerita at Cardiff University.  From 2002-2013 Ruth directed the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen): a Lancaster-Cardiff collaboration.  From 2014-18 she was a member of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester as Professor of Bioethics.

Ruth co-edits the journals Bioethics and Life Sciences, Society and Policy and has served on numerous bodies including the Council of the Human Genome Organisation, the Panel of Eminent Ethical Experts of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the UK Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).   She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; of the Hastings Center, New York; of the Royal Society of Arts; and of the Royal Society of Biology.

In 2005 she won the World Technology Network Award for Ethics and in 2014 she was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Research interests

  • Ethical issues in dermatology
  • Ethics, genetics and epigenetics


Selected publications

Ruth Chadwick ‘What’s in a name: conceptions of personalized medicine and their ethical implications’’ In press.Lato Sensu: revue de la société de philosophie des sciences (2017)4(2): 5-11

Ruth Chadwick and Duncan Wilson ‘The emergence and development of Bioethics in the UK’ Medical Law Review  (2018) 26 (92) 183-201

Ben Capps, Ruth Chadwick et al. ‘Falling giants and the rise of gene editing: ethics, private interests and the public good’ Human Genomics (2017) 11 (20)

Bartha Knoppers and Ruth Chadwick ‘The ethics weathervane’  BMC Medical Ethics (2015) 16 (58)

Ruth Chadwick and Alan O’Connor ‘Epigenetics and personalized medicine: prospects and ethical issues’ Personalized Medicine 10 (5) (2013) 463-71

Garrath Williams and Ruth Chadwick ‘Kantian responsibilities for health care’ Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics (2012) 21 (2) 155-65

Ruth Chadwick ‘The communitarian turn: myth or reality?’ Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics (2011) 20 (4) 546-53


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