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Ethical Issues in Transplantation and Organ Donation


This day-long course offers participants an opportunity to develop their understanding of a range of important and complex ethical issues that they may encounter within transplantation.

Course content

We will explore ethical issues related to consent in deceased donation, and whether moving to an opt-out system changes the ethical landscape. Other sessions will consider recent controversies surrounding definitions of death and challenges to the ‘dead donor rule’, and ethical issues arising from living donation.

Why study this course?

Teaching will develop ethical reasoning skills, and sessions throughout the day will provide opportunities to enhance skills further with application to these pertinent ethical issues. Participants will leave with a fuller understanding of key ethical issues in transplantation and the way that ethical theories and argumentation can be used to address them.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Practitioners who work directly in transplant services (CLODs, SNODs, surgeons)
  • Those whose clinical work supports this (anaesthetists, emergency department staff, intensivists)
  • Those who are involved in developing transplant- and donation-related polic

How will I learn?

All teaching will be delivered face-to-face over one day. This course is structured to give opportunities to develop and practice ethical reasoning skills. All sessions will therefore be highly interactive, with a mix of interactive lectures, small group work and workshops.

Schedule for the day

9.00am: Registration and coffee
9.45am: Welcome and introduction
10.00am: It's more than just opinions
11.00am: When is someone dead enough to be a deceased donor?
12.00pm: Break
12.15pm: Can no mean yes? Consent and deceased organ donation
1.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm: Unusual donations
2.45pm: Tea
3.00pm: You don't have to be dead - the ethics of living donation
4.30pm: Wrap up and evaluation

Key Facts


Cheryl Grantham / Eva Mussio / Claire Runaghan


Tel: 02476 574263

Duration: One day

Location: Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Dates: 22 January 2020

Course director: The course is taught by Dr Greg Moorlock and Professor Heather Draper, who are experienced teachers of ethics with specific expertise in the ethics of transplantation and organ donation.

Fees: £200

Registration: Please complete our online registration form.