Wendy Lipworth is a bioethicist and health social scientist. She completed her medical degree at UNSW in 1999, and moved into academia in 2002. She has since completed a MSc by research (Sydney University) on biobanking ethics; a PhD (Sydney University) on the ethics of journal peer review; and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNSW on pharmaceutical policy. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine.
Wendy's research has four streams, focused on:
- The ethics of drug development
- The ethics of evidence-based medicine and health technology assessment
- The ethics of health-related publishing, and
- The ethics of biobanking research.
Methodologically, she is an empirical bioethicist, combining qualitative empirical research with theoretical analysis to inform policy and practice. Theoretically, she is particularly interested in the morality of social institutions: how institutions form and evolve; how they “go wrong”; and how they should be regulated.