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Why iSEI?

Professors Sulston (left) and Harris (right)
Professors Sulston (left) and Harris (right)

Led by two pioneering thinkers, John Sulston and John Harris, the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) was launched at The University of Manchester in July 2008.

Scholars working within iSEI, and those within the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) with whom we are closely associated, have been instrumental in shaping the field of bioethics and medical law in the United Kingdom over many years and conduct pioneering work that is internationally recognised.

iSEI intends to tackle broad contemporary issues at the interface of science, ethics and innovation. The Institute is a joint initiative between two highly rated research-led departments, the School of Law and the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Interdisciplinary collaborations are central to the nature of the work of iSEI, which enjoys collaborative relationships both within the University and externally.

In particular, iSEI will complement and work co-operatively with Manchester’s existing Brooks World Poverty Institute, which is chaired by Professor Joseph Stiglitz. The synergy created by the existence of these twin Institutes in Manchester, each chaired by a Nobel Laureate, creates an extraordinary centre of excellence in the complementary fields.

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