Associate Professor of Bioethics, University of Sydney

A/Prof Ainsley Newson is Associate Professor of Bioethics at the University of Sydney. She has a Bachelors of Science with first-class honours in human genetics, a Bachelor of Laws with honours and a PhD in Bioethics. She has worked in the field of bioethics, specialising in ethical issues in genetics and human reproduction, for nearly 20 years.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Associate Professor of Bioethics, University of Sydney
  • 2013–2015
    Senior Lecturer in Bioethics, University of Sydney
  • 2008–2012
    Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics, University of Bristol
  • 2006–2008
    Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics, University of Bristol
  • 2003–2006
    Research Fellow in Ethics and Genetics, Imperial College London

Education

  • 2004 
    University of Melbourne, LLB (Hons)
  • 2002 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1997 
    University of Melbourne, BSc (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Current technology, future autonomy: Ethics and Next Generation Genetic Sequencing in Children.
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Sydney
  • 2014
    Does knowledge of personal genetic risk of melanoma motivate behaviour change? A pilot randomised controlled trial.
    Role:
    Chief Investigator B
    Funding Source:
    Sydney Catalyst
  • 2014
    Genomic science: to fear or to friend?
    Role:
    Sole Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Human Genetics Society of Australasia Conference, Adelaide
  • 2014
    Using new genetic sequencing methods in children: Should context matter?
    Role:
    Sole Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Sydney
  • 2013
    Clinical Ethics Support in Australia: development and pilot study of a national survey
    Role:
    Chief Investigator B
    Funding Source:
    University of Sydney
  • 2013
    ’It’s all in the family’, but should it be? Ethics and intra-familial organ, tissue and gamete donation.
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Sydney
  • 2010
    Welcome Trust “Value in People” awards
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Bristol
  • 2009
    Synthetic Biology for Human Health – Ethical and Legal Issues (SYBHEL)
    Role:
    Coordinator and Principal Applicant
    Funding Source:
    European Commission
  • 2009
    Understanding patients’ experiences and ethical dilemmas resulting from advances in fetal anomaly detection
    Role:
    Co-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    National Institute for Health Research
  • 2008
    Reliable Accurate Prenatal non-Invasive Diagnosis (RAPID) - an integrated project to refine and implement safer antenatal testing
    Role:
    Co-Applicant
    Funding Source:
    National Institute of Health Research
  • 2008
    Synthetic Components Network: Towards Synthetic Biology From The Bottom Up
    Role:
    Network Member and Member of Management Committee
    Funding Source:
    Research Council Funded Networks in Synthetic Biology
  • 2007
    Ethical implications of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis
    Role:
    Partner
    Funding Source:
    SAFE Network, European Commission
  • 2004
    Clinical ethics: learning from the US Experience
    Role:
    Sole Investigator
    Funding Source:
    The British Academy

Research Areas

  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)
  • Applied Ethics (2201)
  • Ethical Use Of New Technology (E.G. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) (220103)
  • Medical Ethics (220106)