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Dr Silvia Camporesi

Dr Silvia Camporesi

Visiting Professor in Bioethics

Research interests

  • Biomedical and life sciences
  • Equality
  • Ethics
  • Medicine
  • Policy

Biography

Dr Silvia Camporesi is a bioethicist with an interdisciplinary background in biotechnology, ethics and philosophy of medicine. She was a Reader in Bioethics and Health Humanities in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, as well as Director of the Bioethics & Society MSc.

Silvia holds two PhDs: the first in Foundations of Life Sciences and Ethics, a joint program of the European School of Molecular Medicine and the University of Milan (2010); the second in Philosophy of Medicine awarded by King’s (2013), funded by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Humanities & Health, directed by Professor Brian Hurwitz.

Originally trained as a biotechnologist at the University of Bologna (Italy), Silvia spent a year at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Triest (Italy), where she worked in the Molecular Medicine/Gene Therapy laboratory led by Professor Mauro Giacca, before deciding to leave the 'bench' of the molecular biology lab to pursue a career in bioethics.

In 2010/11, Silvia held a visiting position at the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2015, she won a King's Teaching Excellence Award.

Research

  • Application of genetic technologies in reproduction
  • Biomedical technologies applied for human enhancement
  • Ethics and philosophy of sport
  • Early clinical trials and human participation in research
  • Medical tourism
  • Disability studies

Silvia’s research interests lie at the intersection of biomedical technologies, ethics and society, with a focus on genetic technologies. She has published more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, ranging from the ethics of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to choose genetic traits, to the ethics of human-animal hybrid embryos, to brain imaging to measure chronic pain and its use as evidence in the courtroom.

Since 2008, she has also published extensively in the nascent field of sport medicine ethics: from the controversy over Oscar Pistorius’ participation as an able-bodied athlete, to Caster Semenya’s case and its aftermath, to genetic technologies applied for enhancement purposes in sport, and direct-to-consumer genetic tests used to scout out children’s talents. Silvia has published two books: From bench, to bedside, to track & field: the context of enhancement and its ethical relevance (UC Medical Humanities Press, 2014) and Bioethics, Genetics and Sport (Routledge, 2018)

Further details

See Silvia's research profile

    Research

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    Biotechnology & Society research group

    Addressing the social, ethical and legal questions arising from developments in health and biomedicine using a multidisciplinary research approach.

    Gender Studies logo
    Gender Studies at King's

    Bringing together like-minded scholars and students from across King's to examine the influence of gender relations..

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    Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law and Society (TELOS)

    Explore research at King's through the Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law and Society (TELOS)

    Reproduction research cluster logo
    Reproduction research cluster

    Our interdisciplinary group examines the complex social, cultural, and political dimensions of reproduction.

    News

    Biotechnology & Society essay contest winners announced

    Congratulations to Rebecca Sinnott, MSc Global Health and Social Justice, and Malaika Okundi, BSc Global Health and Social Medicine, who won first and second...

    BIOS essay winners 2022 - Rebecca Sinnott and Malaika Okundi

    We are not human all the way down: Submit your essay for the Biotechnology & Society essay contest

    The Biotechnology & Society research group (BIOS) in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine is accepting submissions for its second annual student...

    Biotechnology & Society Essay Contest

    Difficult integration of social science expertise into public health expert advice during pandemic in Italy

    A new paper led by King’s Academic, Dr Silvia Camporesi, showed that the Italian government heavily relied on epidemiologists and infectious disease experts...

    Coronavirus vaccination centre Turin

    Dr Silvia Camporesi is elected to the World Anti-Doping Agency's Expert Ethics Advisory Group

    The appointment recognises Dr Camporesi’s international reputation in the fields of biotechnology and bioethics, particularly in relation to performance...

    Silvia Camporesi

    Clear and transparent guidelines are needed to protect medics and the most vulnerable during a pandemic

    We need clear and transparent guidelines during a pandemic if we are going to protect our doctors and society’s most vulnerable, says bioethicist, Dr Silvia...

    Doctor wearing protective mask

    Dr Camporesi on gender testing in sport in the Guardian

    Dr Silvia Camporesi's work is highlighted in a Guardian article on race, gender and medical imperialism.

    A runner at sunset

    Events

    22JulCC Website Event Image 1

    Climate change and COVID-19: What have we learned?

    As part of our King's Experts Series, join us as we ask our panel: What lessons can we learn from the pandemic when it comes to climate change and the...

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      scientist-lab-technician-with-glass-slide-with-microscope-brain-bank-v10-thumb
      Biotechnology & Society research group

      Addressing the social, ethical and legal questions arising from developments in health and biomedicine using a multidisciplinary research approach.

      Gender Studies logo
      Gender Studies at King's

      Bringing together like-minded scholars and students from across King's to examine the influence of gender relations..

      FoLP - technology - image
      Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law and Society (TELOS)

      Explore research at King's through the Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law and Society (TELOS)

      Reproduction research cluster logo
      Reproduction research cluster

      Our interdisciplinary group examines the complex social, cultural, and political dimensions of reproduction.

      News

      Biotechnology & Society essay contest winners announced

      Congratulations to Rebecca Sinnott, MSc Global Health and Social Justice, and Malaika Okundi, BSc Global Health and Social Medicine, who won first and second...

      BIOS essay winners 2022 - Rebecca Sinnott and Malaika Okundi

      We are not human all the way down: Submit your essay for the Biotechnology & Society essay contest

      The Biotechnology & Society research group (BIOS) in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine is accepting submissions for its second annual student...

      Biotechnology & Society Essay Contest

      Difficult integration of social science expertise into public health expert advice during pandemic in Italy

      A new paper led by King’s Academic, Dr Silvia Camporesi, showed that the Italian government heavily relied on epidemiologists and infectious disease experts...

      Coronavirus vaccination centre Turin

      Dr Silvia Camporesi is elected to the World Anti-Doping Agency's Expert Ethics Advisory Group

      The appointment recognises Dr Camporesi’s international reputation in the fields of biotechnology and bioethics, particularly in relation to performance...

      Silvia Camporesi

      Clear and transparent guidelines are needed to protect medics and the most vulnerable during a pandemic

      We need clear and transparent guidelines during a pandemic if we are going to protect our doctors and society’s most vulnerable, says bioethicist, Dr Silvia...

      Doctor wearing protective mask

      Dr Camporesi on gender testing in sport in the Guardian

      Dr Silvia Camporesi's work is highlighted in a Guardian article on race, gender and medical imperialism.

      A runner at sunset

      Events

      22JulCC Website Event Image 1

      Climate change and COVID-19: What have we learned?

      As part of our King's Experts Series, join us as we ask our panel: What lessons can we learn from the pandemic when it comes to climate change and the...

      Please note: this event has passed.