Confronting the liminal spaces of health research regulation


  • Prof Graeme Laurie

    University of Edinburgh

Project summary

This project is motivated by a concern that current regulation of biomedicine in the UK and Europe fails to capture, let alone effectively protect or promote, core individual and collective values. This consequently diminishes the ability of biomedicine to deliver benefit. Legal regulation is often deployed as a haphazard, knee-jerk response to perceived scandals, such as those related to human tissue, or is driven by a 'culture of caution', as with data linkage for research. Professor Laurie seeks to give transformative reconceptualisation and reorientation of current approaches away from legalistic paradigms, by delivering a framework for proportionate, adaptive and authentic partnerships of regulation practice within biomedicine.