Dr Laura Machin

Senior Lecturer and Curriculum Lead for PPVE

Research Overview

Broadly, my research interests rest within the social and ethical aspects of health and medicine. In particular, I have long-standing interests in matters related to reproductive medicine, and the donation of body parts, blood and tissue for a variety of purposes. My current research interests are within the field of clinical ethics, including the need for clinical ethics committees and clinical ethicists, clinical ethics education and training, improving organisational cultures, and the interplay between practitioner, relative, and patient and their decision-making in healthcare. My emerging research focus is located within research ethics. Throughout my research activities, I adopt an applied approach, whereby I consider the policy and practice implications of the topic under study. My research has tended to be interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on a wide range of literature from medical sociology and medical ethics, and focused upon accessing hidden populations and interviewing on sensitive subjects.

Selected Publications

'Two's company-Three's a crowd': the collection of umbilical cord blood for commercial stem cell banks in England and the midwifery profession
Machin, L.L., Brown, N., McLeod, D. 06/2012 In: Midwifery. 28, 3, p. 358-365. 8 p.
Journal article

A hierarchy of needs?: Embryo donation, in vitro fertilisation and the provision of infertility counselling
Machin, L. 11/2011 In: Patient Education and Counseling. 85, 2, p. 264-268. 5 p.
Journal article

Immunitary bioeconomy: the economisation of life in the international cord blood market
Brown, N., Machin, L., McLeod, D. 04/2011 In: Social Science and Medicine. 72, 7, p. 1115-1122. 8 p.
Journal article

Beyond the 'embryo question': human embryonic stem cell ethics in the context of biomaterial donation in the UK
Bahadur, G., Morrison, M., Machin, L. 12/2010 In: Reproductive BioMedicine Online. 21, 7, p. 868-874. 7 p.
Journal article

Are there implications for quality of care for patients who participate in international medical tourism?
Lunt, N., Machin, L., Green, S., Mannion, R. 04/2011 In: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. 11, 2, p. 133-136. 4 p.
Journal article

A Matter of Conscience? Organ Donation in the Intensive Care Unit
Oral presentation

Opting Out of Opting Out? Organ Donation in the UK and Conscientious Objection
Oral presentation

Engaging Tomorrow's and Current UK Healthcare Practitioners in Clinical Ethics Education
Oral presentation

Making the (Business) Case for Clinical Ethics
Oral presentation

Proposing a Minimum Ethics and Law Curriculum for Foundation Doctors
Oral presentation

The ‘Vulnerable’ Practitioner: Exploring the Ethical and Legal Training Needs of UK Foundation Doctors
Invited talk

Risky research: challenging assumptions, practices, and understandings
Participation in conference

Exploring the Ethical and Legal Training Needs of Foundation Doctors
Oral presentation

Exploring the Ethical and Legal Training Needs of Foundation Doctors
Oral presentation

Reimagining Donation
Invited talk

Exploring the Medical Ethics and Legal Training Needs of Foundation Doctors
Invited talk

Senior Leadership Team workshop on research ethics, donation, and commerical ventures
Consultancy

BSA Deconstructing Donation Study Group Conference
Participation in conference

The British Council (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Ethics Education after Medical School Conference
Invited talk

How to become more ethical
Participation in conference

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (Journal)
Editorial activity

Morecambe Bay Medical Journal (Journal)
Editorial activity

Takuya Matsushige
Hosting an academic visitor

Medical Ethics Debating Competition
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

American Ethnologist (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Medical Ethics Society
School Engagement

Journal of Medical Law and Ethics (Journal)
Editorial activity

The Ethics of Self-discharge from Hospital
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Donors, Money, and Body Parts: what are the issues?
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Sociological Association Medical Sociology
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Annual Conference
Participation in conference

Exploring Perceptions of Quality Cord Blood for Stem Cell Treatments
Invited talk

Symposium on Language, Culture and Medicine
Participation in conference

Faculty of Health and Medicine Teaching and Learning Forum
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Global Medicine and Civilisations: An International Medical Film Festival
Festival/Exhibition/Concert

Networking and Career Development
Invited talk

Lancaster University
Business Engagement

Institute of Medical Ethics National Debate Competition
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Lancaster University
Business Engagement

Challenging Questions and Ethical Obligations: The Ethics of Everyday Practice
Participation in conference

Journal of Medical Law and Ethics (Journal)
Editorial activity

Deconstructing Donation
Participation in conference

Hour of Writes
Festival/Exhibition/Concert

Global Life Sciences and Bionetworking -- Cell therapy production, provision and policies
Participation in conference

Takuya Matsushige
Hosting an academic visitor

Institute of Medical Ethics National Debate Competition
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

School
School Engagement

Institute of Medical Ethics Annual Research Conference
Participation in conference

British Medical Sociology Annual Conference
Participation in conference

British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Annual Conference
Participation in conference

New Genetics and Society (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Routledge (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

Royal College of Midwives Annual Legal Birth Conference
Participation in conference

Education Day
Business Course/Training

Health (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Clinical Ethics (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Sage (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
School Engagement

Lancaster University and Hospitals Seminar Series
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

The Current Status of Cord Blood Donation, Banking, and Transplantation in the UK
Participation in conference

Medical Ethics Debating Series
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Annual Conference
Participation in conference

The Underrated Umbilical Cord: Physiology, Pathology, and Practice
Participation in conference

Human Reproduction (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Reproductive BioMedicine Online (Journal)
Publication peer-review

All Party Parliamentary Group on Stem Cell Transplantation (External organisation)
Membership of committee

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