BIOS, the centre for the study of bioscience, biomedicine, biotechnology and society at the London School of Economics and Political Science is a major new initiative at the LSE, an interdisciplinary research centre on social, legal, ethical, political and economic aspects of the life sciences and biomedicine, with a global reach and a long-term perspective, involving researchers across the social sciences, building innovative relations with life scientists and clinicians and with policy makers. BIOS has a developing programme of research, hosting conferences and seminars, and link with cognate centres and researchers world-wide. BIOS is concerned with the social, ethical, legal, political and economic drivers and impacts of developments in the life sciences, biomedicine and biotechnology. BIOS focuses on these in a medium and long term perspective, and in a global context. It explores the implications of such developments for ideas of personhood and identity, for conceptions of relationships, kinship and family life, for political economy, for the organisation and funding of health care, for problems of government and regulation, for practices of therapy and control and much more. Its interests are intrinsically transnational: it analyses the role of the international corporations in these developments, the emergence of 'bioeconomics', the development of multinational regulatory endeavours, and the distinctive take up and impact of developments in biomedicine and biotechnology in different nations and regions, and their differential impact in relation to inequities in gender, ethnicity, wealth and location. The aim of BIOS is to understand the likely implications of these developments for different societies, for national governments and for geopolitics, for economics and bioeconomics, for local and global justice and equity, for human life and personhood, and for the social and medical sciences, over the twenty first century.



Investigators



Professor George Gaskell

George Gaskell is Professor of Social Psychology and the Director of the LSE Methodology Institute, Associate Director of BIOS centre for the study of bioscience, biomedicine, biotechnology and society. Current research, with Dr Martin Bauer, involves the coordination of an international comparative study of biotechnology in the public sphere funded by DG Research of the European Commission. In the course of this research there has been a parallel focus on research methods and in particular on the development of quality indicators for qualitative research.



Professor Nikolas Rose

Nikolas Rose is Professor of Sociology, Convenor of Department of Sociology at LSE and Director of BIOS centre for the study of bioscience, biomedicine, biotechnology and society. Originally trained as a biologist, has done extensive work on the history and sociology of psychiatry, on mental health policy and risk, and recently on the social implications of recent developments in psychopharmacology, funded by Wellcome Trust Bioethics Programme. A member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Pharmacogenomics. He is managing editor of the UK's leading interdisciplinary journal of social science, Economy and Society. His work has been translated into Swedish, Finnish, German, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.



Professor Martin Knapp

Martin Knapp is Professor of Social Policy, Co-Director of LSE Health & Social Care, Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at LSE. Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre for the Economics of Mental Health at Institute of Psychiatry. Has degrees in economics and pure mathematics, econometrics and social policy. An economist and policy analyst, current research specialises in long-term care, the mixed economy of social care, mental health policy, financing and practice.



Dr Michael Barr

Michael Barr worked for five years in China and in Egypt as an English teacher before earning his postgraduate degrees in theology and philosophy at the University of Durham. His PhD was on Biomedical Ethics and Genetic Epidemiology. Before moving to the LSE in 2004, Michael worked for three years at the Policy, Ethics, and Life Sciences Research Institute at the University of Newcastle. His interests include psychiatric ethics, the history of biomedical ethics, and re-theorising informed consent guidelines in the era of genetic information.



Dr Ilina Singh

Ilina Singh received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University in 2000. Shortly thereafter she joined the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge to work on issues related to ADHD children's experiences of stimulant drug medication. Ilina moved to the LSE in 2004; she remains an Affiliated Lecturer in Social and Developmental Psychology at Cambridge, and maintains clinical and research projects within the Developmental Psychiatry department at Cambridge



Ms Jasna Russo

Jasna Russo graduated in clinical psychology and has been active in the user/survivor movement internationally. She is a Board member of the European Network of (ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. She conducted the first piece of user research in Germany and has joined the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) at the Institute of Psychiatry to work on GENDEP.



Ms Claire Curran

Claire Curran is a Research Officer at the PSSRU based at LSE Health and Social Care. Since completing an MSc in Health Population and Society at the LSE in 2002, her main area of research has been mental health economics and policy, with a focus on the types of international financing systems that support mental health services internationally, including work in both developed and developing countries. Another key area of Claire's research is the relationship between mental health problems and social exclusion, with a strong focus on the role of employment.



Dr Diana Rose

Diana Rose has an MA Hons in Psychology (winner of Henry James Prize 1972), an MSc in Social Psychology (Distinction, winner of Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize 1989), and PhD in Social Psychology. She will take the main lead role in SURE, together with Prof T Wykes, supervising the researcher in Work Programme 4 who will be collecting and analysing information from service users regarding the acceptability of genetic testing and the nature of informed consent in the trial.