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I work in the field of practical bioethics. My program of research is characterised by identifying practical problems, undertaking conceptual analysis of the underlying philosophical and ethical issues, and developing responses that advance knowledge and contribute to practice. This approach draws upon both my medical and philosophical training. My conceptual analysis and selection of issues is informed by my longstanding commitment to feminist bioethics. 

In 2019 I received the NHMRC Ethics Award, was identified as the national research leader in the field of Bioethics by the Australian, and my research calling for retraction of unethical Chinese transplant research led to my inclusion in Nature's 10 list of people who mattered in science in 2019, and Medscape's 2019 Physicians of the year.

My current research projects include:

AI and medical ethics: I am co-investigator on a CIFAR funded project to found an international network on AI and medical ethics (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/med/research/hscience/sssh/ethics/digitalandassistive/aiandhealthcare/infaime/)

AI and healthcare: I am co-chair of the Safety, Quality and Ethics work program of the Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (https://aihealthalliance.org/)

Ethics and synthetic biology: I am a CI on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology investigating ethical issues raised by the creation of novel micro-organisms to produce valuable bio-commodities (http://www.coesb.com.au/)

Ethics in surgery, including CI on an ARC Discovery Project (DP200100883) investigating the role of medical device representatives, working with the IDEAL Collaboration (http://www.ideal-collaboration.net/), and on gender in surgery, with Dr Katrina Hutchison

Bioethics and activism, with a focus on transplant abuse in China and its sequelae (https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/2/e024473)

Defining disease and overdiagnosis (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10728-019-00369-7)

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Research Outputs

Sex and gender in health research: updating policy to reflect evidence

The Sex and Gender Sensitive Research Call to Action Group, Feb 2020, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 212, 2, p. 57-62.e1 7 p.

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Open Access
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The ethical, legal and social implications of using artificial intelligence systems in breast cancer care

Carter, S. M., Rogers, W., Win, K. T., Frazer, H., Richards, B. & Houssami, N., Feb 2020, In : Breast. 49, p. 25-32 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    161 Downloads (Pure)

    Analysing the ethics of breast cancer overdiagnosis: a pathogenic vulnerability

    Rogers, W. A., Mar 2019, In : Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. 22, 1, p. 129–140 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    Bioethics and activism: a natural fit?

    Rogers, W., Oct 2019, In : Bioethics. 33, 8, p. 881-889 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Bioethics and activism

    Draper, H., Moorlock, G., Rogers, W. & Scully, J. L., Oct 2019, In : Bioethics. 33, 8, p. 853-856 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)


    Australian Research Field Leader in Bioethics

    Wendy Rogers (Recipient), 21 Aug 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Excellence in Research

    Wendy Rogers (Recipient), 2015


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