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Key staff involved in EBiSC

Graeme Laurie – is Professor of Medical Jurisprudence in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh, and Founding Director of the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law. His research interests relate to the protect and promotion of medicine and health technologies. He has generated research income over £4 million, with funders that include the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council, and the European Commission. As well as his work on the EBiSC project, he is the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award on Confronting the Liminal Spaces of Health Research Regulation (2014-2019).

Shawn Harmon – is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh who specialises in medical law and health research regulation. He has investigated the interaction between law and ethics in a range of areas and has conducted empirical research in the UK and abroad.  The EBiSC project provides an opportunity to help construct the governance framework of the bank and to explore empirically incentives and ambitions for bioscientific collaboration.

Carol George – is a Research Fellow with the University of Edinburgh, and is at present dedicated primarily to EBiSC.  Formerly a legal practitioner, Carol is interested in the design of governance structures for the facilitation of cell-based technologies for the treatment of serious disease.   With initial legal and ethical frameworks in place, the EBiSC project provides an opportunity to examine the incentives for, and outcomes of, collaboration among EBiSC consortium members through the sharing of skills and resources across the public and private sectors.  Carol is directly involved in the ethical and contractual construction of the Bank, as well as the audit and evaluation of the resulting governance model.

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