PEALS’ strong focus on reproductive and genetic medicine has been developed through several projects over the last decade. We have a particular interest in exploring perspectives and experiences that are often missed out of more theoretical approaches to bioethics. Our work is grounded in an empirical understanding of the impact of new biomedical technologies, which highlights the experiences of patients, donors, user groups, practitioners, etc. in the various disciplines that make up the field.
A socio-ethical investigation of the values and experiences of women volunteering to provide eggs for mitochondrial research under a scheme in which money is offered to egg providers 2013-2015, The Wellcome Trust, £199,905 to PEALS, Principal Investigator Erica Haimes
RD Connect 2012-2018, EU, £1,071,786 of which £180,000 to PEALS, Work Package leader Simon Woods, with Project Leaders Hanns Lochmüller and Kate Bushby
Faithful judgements: the role of religion in lay people’s ethical evaluations of new reproductive and genetic technologies 2011-2013, ESRC, £254,000 to PEALS, Principal Investigator Jackie Leach Scully
Embryo and egg donation for research in Canada 2011-2013, Canadian Institute of Health Research, $CAN 453,891, Co-Investigator Erica Haimes based on replication of her Wellcome Trust grant. With F Baylis, A Leader and C McLeod
Embryo donation for stem cell research in Portugal 2010-2013, Portuguese Funding Council, €83,712, Erica Haimes named as consultant, with S Silva (PI) and H Machado
The genetics of autistic spectrum disorders: social and ethical implications 2010-2011, Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust, Flexibility and Sustainability Fund, £30,000, Principal Investigator Dr Jeremy Parr, Institute of Neurosciences, Co-Investigator Dr Janice McLaughlin
Interdisciplinary approaches to the uses of reproductive tissue in stem cell science (IDARTSS) 2009-2012, William Leech Charitable Trust, £200,000 to PEALS, Principal Investigator Erica Haimes
Women’s experiences of an IVF egg sharing scheme for SCNT research 2008-2011, Medical Research Council, £296,000 to PEALS, Principal Investigator Erica Haimes
TREAT-NMD Network 2007-2011, EU Network of Excellence, £1,357,222.00, of which £200,000 to PEALS, Work Package leader Simon Woods, with Project Leaders Kate Bushby and Volker Straub
Potential embryo donors’ views on embryonic stem cell research and therapies 2003-2012, Wellcome Trust, £210,944 to PEALS, Principal Investigator Erica Haimes
Antenatal Screening Website Resource (AnSWeR) 2003-2005, Wellcome Trust, £119,998, Principal Investigator Tom Shakespeare
Haimes, E. & Taylor, K. (2015) Rendered invisible? The absent presence of egg providers in U.K. debates on the acceptability of research and therapy for mitochondrial disease, Monash Bioethics Review, 33: 360. doi:10.1007/s40592-015-0046-7
Haimes E, Taylor K. What is the role of reduced IVF fees in persuading women to volunteer to provide eggs for research? Insights from IVF patients volunteering toa UK 'egg sharing for research' scheme. Human Fertility 2014, 16(4), 246-251.
Haimes E. Juggling on a rollercoaster? Gains, loss and uncertainties in IVF patients' accounts of volunteering for a U.K. 'egg sharing for research' scheme. Social Science and Medicine 2013, 86, 45-51
Haimes, E., Taylor, K. and Turkmendag, I. (2012) ‘Eggs, ethics and exploitation? Investigating women’s experiences of an egg sharing scheme’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 34(8):1199-1214
Scully J, Haimes E, Mitzkat A, Porz R, Rehmann-Sutter C. Donating embryos to stem cell research : the “problem” of gratitude. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 2012, epub ahead of print
Turkmendag I. The Donor-conceived Child's `Right to Personal Identity': The Public Debate on Donor Anonymity in the United Kingdom. Journal of Law and Society 2012, 39(1). In Press.
Haimes E, Taylor K. Researching the Relationships between Tissue Providers, Clinicians, and Stem Cell Scientists. Cell Stem Cell 2011, 8(6), 613-615.
McLaughlin J. Where's the Harm? Challenging Bioethical Support of Prenatal Selection for Sexual Orientation. In: Scully, JS; Baldwin-Ragaven, LE; Fitzpatrick, P, ed. Feminist Bioethics: At the Centre, On the Margins. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press, 2010, pp.174-189.