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Biography

Professor Michael Selgelid is Director of  the Monash Bioethics Centre; Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at Monash; and Chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the  School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash and a Monash-Warwick Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK).

He serves on the Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières and is a member of  the General Ethical Issues Sub-committee of the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee (in Melbourne).  He is a member  of the Scientific Committee of the Brocher Foundation in Hermance (Geneva), Switzerland; and he was previously a member of  the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics

Michael’s research primarily focuses on public health ethics (especially regarding infectious disease) and ethical issues associated with biotechnology.

He co-authored Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences (Springer 2008) and co-edited On The Dual Uses of Science and Ethics:  Principles, Practices, and Prospects (ANE E Press 2013);  Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Ashgate 2012); Emergency Ethics (Ashgate 2012); Infectious Disease Ethics (Springer 2011); Health Rights (Ashgate 2010); and Ethics and Infectious Disease (Blackwell, 2006).

He edits a book series in Public Health Ethics Analysis for Springer and a book series in Practical Ethics and Public Policy for ANU E Press. He is Co-Editor of Monash Bioethics Review and was previously an Associate Editor of Journal of Medical Ethics.

Among numerous other engagements with the World Health Organisation Michael served as an Advisor to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee regarding Ebola, and he was  Member of the IHR Emergency Committee on Zika Virus and Observed Increase in Neurological Disorders and Neonatal Malformations.

In 2015 Michael was commissioned by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to produce a White Paper on ethical issues associated with gain-of-function research.

Michael earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University; and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Philip Kitcher.

Research interests

My research primarily focuses on Applied Ethics, Bioethics, and Public Health Ethics.  Special areas of interest include:
 
Infectious Disease Genetics and Biotechnology Research Ethics Reproductive Ethics Biosecurity and Bioterrorism  Synthetic Biology Health Care in Developing Countries Health Surveillance Ethics Philosophy of Security Translational Bioethics Practical and Philosophical Bioethics

Keywords

  • Bioethics
  • Health Ethics
  • Ethical Decision-making
  • Ebola
  • Zika
  • Preventative Intervention
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Vaccination
  • Epidemic
  • Ethics Governance
  • Biosecurity
  • Virus
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Global Health

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Projects 2009 2018

Research Output 2002 2019

Impartiality and infectious disease: prioritizing individuals versus the collective in antibiotic prescription

Dao, B., Douglas, T., Giubilini, A., Savulescu, J., Selgelid, M. & Faber, N. S., 2019, In : AJOB Empirical Bioethics. 10, 1, p. 63-69 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Ethical challenges posed by human infection challenge studies in endemic settings

Selgelid, M. J. & Jamrozik, E., 2018, In : Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. 3, 4, p. 263-266 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ethics, health policy, and Zika: From emergency to global epidemic?

Jamrozik, E. F. & Selgelid, M. J., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Medical Ethics. 44, 5, p. 343-348 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Influenza Vaccination Strategies Should Target Children

Bambery, B., Douglas, T., Selgelid, M. J., Maslen, H., Giubilini, A., Pollard, A. J. & Savulescu, J., 2018, In : Public Health Ethics. 11, 2, p. 221-234 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Ethics of infectious disease control

Selgelid, M. J., 2017, International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Quah, S. R. & Cockerham, W. (eds.). 2nd ed. Oxford UK: Elsevier, Vol. 3. p. 11-16 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOther

Prizes

Finalist: Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics

Michael Selgelid (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Funded to hold Workshop on Invisible Epidemics

Michael Selgelid (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other distinction

Research Fellowship

Michael Selgelid (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Research Fellowship (Brocher Foundation, Geneva)

Michael Selgelid (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2001 2017

  • 22 Committees and working groups
  • 12 Editorial responsibility
  • 3 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

WHO Scoping Meeting

Michael Selgelid (Chair/ Co-Chair)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Big Data and AI for Achieving UHC: An international consultation on Ethics

Michael Selgelid (Contributor)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Participant on Workshop

Michael Selgelid (Contributor)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Participant: Informal Consultation on Antimicrobial Resistance and Ethics

Michael Selgelid (Contributor)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Participant on Scoping Meeting

Michael Selgelid (Chair/ Co-Chair)
2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Press / Media

"What are the Real Risks of Zika?”

Michael Selgelid

10/02/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

We must join fight against deadly ebola

Michael Selgelid

19/09/14

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

A Moderate Approach to Enhancement

Michael Selgelid

2/07/12

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Censorship of Science is Acceptable when Lives are at Stake

Michael Selgelid

26/12/11

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment