Dr Laura Machin came to Lancaster during Summer 2011 to take up a Lectureship in Medical Ethics at Lancaster Medical School. She researches and teaches on the social and ethical aspects of medicine. Laura also supervises postgraduate students.
Laura has published in health-related practice journals, with articles on how the needs of IVF patients and embryo donors are perceived by those working within clinics, and how the roles of those working within assisted conception clinics or maternity units have responded to the introduction of embryo donation or cord blood banking respectively. She has received external research funding from the National Gamete Donation Trust, and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
Laura is social science trained, and has always been interested in medical ethics. In 2008, she completed her PhD at the University of Leeds on the Social and Ethical Context of Embryo Donation, funded by a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics grant. Laura went on to act as a research fellow at the University of York on the ESRC funded project exploring the Political and Moral Economy of Cord Blood Banking, and the NIHR funded project on the Implications for the NHS of Inward and Outward Medical Tourism.
Since coming to Lancaster, Laura has been invited to hold a number of committee memberships, including UHMBT Organ Donation Committee and Lancashire Practical Ethics Committee. She has also been invited to speak at conferences organised by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Royal College of Midwives.
Laura is a member of Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee, and the Co-Convenor for the British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Study Group. She is a long term member of the Association for Improvement in Maternity Services, and the Institute of Medical Ethics.