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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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APP1181960: The algorithm will see you now: ethical, legal and social implications of adopting machine learning systems for diagnosis and screening.

Carter, S., Houssami, N., Degeling, C., Richards, B., Braunack-Mayer, A. J., Rogers, W., Lei, W., Win, K. & Woode, M. E.


Project: Research

Research Outputs

Against the use and publication of contemporary unethical research: the case of Chinese transplant research

Higgins, W. C., Rogers, W. A., Ballantyne, A. & Lipworth, W., Oct 2020, In : Journal of Medical Ethics. 46, 10, p. 678-684 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • COVID-19 and transplant research from China: an ethical dilemma

    Rogers, W. A. & Lavee, J., Jun 2020, In : Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 39, 6, p. 614-615 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Moral responsibility in medicine: where are the boundaries?

    Rogers, W., 8 Aug 2020, In : The Lancet. 396, 10248, p. 373-374 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Reply to Chen et al.

    Sharif, A., Lavee, J., Baquero, A., Fiatarone Singh, M., Matas, D., Richards, B., Shapiro, M. E., Trey, T. & Rogers, W., Jul 2020, In : Transplant International. 33, 7, p. 819-820 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Responding to unethical research: the importance of transparency

    Rogers, W. A., Higgins, W. C., Ballantyne, A. & Lipworth, W., Oct 2020, In : Journal of Medical Ethics. 46, 10, p. 691-692 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    Australian Research Field Leader in Bioethics

    Wendy Rogers (Recipient), 21 Aug 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Excellence in Research

    Wendy Rogers (Recipient), 2015