Monday, 4 February 2002, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Regulating human genetics

Professor Steven Rose, Professor Hilary Rose, Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC

The Human Genetics Commission was set up in order to advise the government on how current and prospective developments in human genetics should be regulated in the broader social and political interest. For instance, should insurance companies or employers have access to an individual's genetic profile? The HGC has embarked on a wide scheme of public consultation on attitudes to these developments and issues. In this lecture, Helena Kennedy, the Chair of the HGC, will discuss its work and the issues it confronts with Hilary Rose and Steven Rose.

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Professor Steven Rose is a Professor of Biology and Neurobiology at the Open University and University of London.
Rose read biochemsitry at King's College, Cambridge and neurobiology at Cambridge and the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.  When he was appointed to the professorship of biology at the newly instituted Open University in 1969 he was Britain's youngest full professor and chair of department. At the Open University he established the Brain Research Group, within which he and his colleagues focussed on the biological processes involved in memory formation and treatments for Alzheimer's Disease on which he has published some 300 research papers and reviews.
He has written several popular science books and regularly writes for The Guardian. From 1999 to 2002, he was Professor of Physic at Gresham College with his wife Hilary Rose.
His work has won him numerous medals and prizes including the Biochemical Society medal for communication in science and the prestigious Edinburgh Medal. His book The Making of Memory won the Science Book Prize in 1993.

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Hilary Rose has published extensively in the sociology of science from a feminist perspective and has held numerous appointments in the UK, USA, Australia, Austria, Norway, Finland and at the Swedish Collegium for the Advanced Study of the Social Science. In 1997 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Uppsala and in 2001 her book Love Power and Knowledge: Towards a feminist transformation of the sciences was listed one of the “101 Best Books of the 20th Century”. She collaborated for a number of years with the European Comission research division on mainstreaming women scientists in the European research system. She was the Gresham Professor of Physic with her husband Steven Rose between 1999 and 2002.

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Barrister, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Kennedy is a leading barrister and Queen’s Counsel. She is an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues.

Baroness Kennedy is a member of the House of Lords and chair of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists. She is a bencher of Gray’s Inn and president of the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. She was chair of Charter 88, the constitutional reform group  from 1992 to 1997, the Human Genetics Commission from 1998 – 2007  and the British Council from 1998 to 2004. She also chaired the Power Inquiry into British Democracy in 2006. She has received honours for her work on human rights from the governments of France and Italy and has been awarded more than thirty honorary doctorates. She is an Honorary Fellow of three Royal Colleges – Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Pathology. She was elected a member of the French Academie Internationale de Culture. She has acted in many of the most prominent British criminal cases of the last thirty years including the Brighton bombing attack on the British cabinet, the Guildford Four Appeal and the Michael Bettany espionage case.  She is currently acting in cases connected to the recent wave of terrorism including the conspiracy to blow up transatlantic aircraft. She was a member of the International Bar Association Task force on International Terrorism in 2002.

She is a frequent broadcaster and journalist on the law and women’ rights. Her publications include the widely acclaimed Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice (1992 revised 2005) and Just Law: the Changing Face of Justice and Why It Matters To Us All.

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4 February 2002

Regulating human genetics
Professor Steven Rose
Professor Hilary Rose
Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC

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