Simon Woods is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute (PEALS www.ncl.ac.uk ) at Newcastle University (an interdisciplinary bioethics research centre). Simon has a longstanding interest in developments within the life sciences, medical ethics and bioethics more broadly. His research explores the social and ethical aspects of new and emerging biotechnologies.
Simon has been work-package leader, or ethics advisor to ten EU projects and several with a focus on rare disease genomics in which issues related to the care and treatment of children have been central. Simon holds bachelor and doctoral degrees in philosophy and over the past 13 years he has pursued a career of teaching and research within bioethics.
Simon has considerable expertise in the ethics and regulation of bioscience research; he has been a member and vice-chair of NHS research ethics committees and is a member of the NHS Health Research Authority’s National Ethics Advisors’ Panel.