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Research interests

Pat's research interests include end of life decision-making particularly in regard to patients in a persistent vegetative state and those with progressive dementia and questions of social justice and the provision of health care. More recently her research has focussed on the ethical issues arising from autism




Research interests (short)

Medical ethics; social justice; political philosophy; ethics of autism

Biographical details

Pat Walsh joined the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics in 1994 after teaching philosophy at University College London, LSE and Kingston University. She teaches a wide range of philosophical and ethical issues on both of the Centre's Masters programmes - the MA in Medical Ethics and Law, and the MA in Human Values and Contemporary Global Ethics. She is currently a member of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and chairs and coordinates a group of experts in the field of autism, called the Autism Ethics Group.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire

2014 → …

Member of Ethics and Law Advisory Committee, 5. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

2010 → …


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