Stem cell research
The President, Dr Philippa Harvey-Sutton
Ron Trent is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the Central Clinical School at the University of Sydney and Head of the Department of Molecular and Clinical Genetics at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
He is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney and of Oxford University. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
His interests are in medical genetics, including the interaction of genes with the environment. He is presently Chairman of the NHMRC's Human Genetics Advisory Committee, a member of the NHMRC's Council and Research Committee and Executive Director of Sydney University's Prince Alfred Macromolecular Analysis Centre, which provides high-throughput DNA analysis for researchers throughout Australia.
Dr Isabel Karpin is Acting Director of the Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics. She is Chair of the Visitors' Committee and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. She specialises in the area of feminist legal theory, law and culture and health law.
Prior to joining the faculty in 1994, she worked at Blake Dawson Waldron, Solicitors, and then took up a position as legal officer at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
Dr Karpin has a Masters of Law from Harvard University and a JSD from Columbia University. Her doctoral work, entitled 'Embodying Justice: Legal Responses to the Transgressive Body', examined the regulation of marginalised bodies, with a particular focus on the pregnant body.
She has recently published major papers in this areai and is currently involved in several major research projects: on Gender Inequity in Health Research (funded by the ARC); comparing Australian and Canadian regulatory responses to new biotechnologies (funded by the Canadian High Commission), and looking at the regulation of reproductive technology in Australia with a specific focus on Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis.