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Yoshiyuki Hayashi, Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholar

Yoshiyuki HayashiMr Yoshiyuki Hayashi is a recipient of an Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholarship. This Scholarship scheme is made possible through the generosity of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, with a view to providing opportunities for graduate students who are ordinarily resident in Japan to study at Oxford for one year as a visiting student. 

Mr Hayashi is a Ph. D student of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the University of Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are problems of self, mind and consciousness. During his time at the Uehiro Centre he will focus in particular on the philosophical foundation of mind uploading.  His PhD thesis concerns the problem of fission, fusion and duplication of self. He is a member of the Philosophy of Science Society Japan, The Japan Association for Philosophy of Science, and Japan Association for the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy. He is also one of the organizers of a young philosopherís forum in Japan.

Dr Roderick McRae, Monash Medical Centre

Roderick McRaeDr McRae is a practicing consultant anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia and Peri-Operative Medicine, Monash Medical Centre, with a full range of clinical expertise for all non-neonatal anaesthesia and intensive care management excluding hepatic transplantation.  As well as his medical studies Dr McRae has also completed a Masters of Human Bioethics (Monash University), a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.  He is a Member of the Melbourne Registry of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and is admitted to the Role of Solicitors of the Australian Capital Territory and Victorian Supreme Courts and the High Court of Australia.  He is a past Chairman of Council of the Federal Australian Medical Association, and was a member of the Australian Medical Councilís Writing Group for Good Medical Practice: A Code of Professional Conduct, 2009, and was a reviewer for Review of the Royal Perth Hospitalís Review of the Report of the Royal Perth Hospital Ethics Committee (April 2006) and Management of Further Complaints conducted in 2007.  Dr McRae is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.  He has been a member of The Alfredís and Southern Healthís Bioethics Committees, and  a past executive member of the St Francis Xavier Cabrini Private Hospitalís Human Research Ethics Committee.

Lauren Notini, University of Melbourne

Roderick McRaeLauren Notini is a final year PhD student at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She will be at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics from July 4-11, 2014 for a brief academic visit hosted by Associate Professor Dominic Wilkinson. Laurenís PhD project investigates the ethical issues surrounding facial surgeries performed on children. As part of her project, Lauren conducted interviews with surgeons who perform these surgeries to investigate how they make decisions in this area. Prior to commencing her PhD, Lauren completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, followed by a Master of Bioethics at Monash University. Laurenís main research interests revolve around issues in paediatric bioethics, including childrenís assent, parental authority, and shared decision making. Lauren also has a special interest in the ethics of medical interventions aimed at altering children for solely or primarily psychological and/or social reasons, including non-therapeutic male and female circumcision, plastic surgery in response to childhood bullying, and the prescription of Ritalin to hyperactive children. 

A/ Professor Kelton Tremellen, University of South Australia

Kelton TremellenA/ Professor Kelton Tremellen MB BS (Hons) PhD FRANZCOG CREI
Kelton Tremellen is a specialist gynaecologist and sub-specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr Tremellen is a Clinical Director at a private IVF clinic in Adelaide, South Australia (Repromed) and is an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. He has an active research interest in the fields of oxidative stress as a cause of male infertility, immune mediated implantation failure and the effect of nutritional supplements on fertility. Dr Tremellen was the first to introduce AMH as a test of ovarian reserve to Australia in 2004 and is the inventor of the male fertility pill Menevit. He is presently visiting Oxford to work in collaboration with Professor Savulescu on several ethical issues related to reproductive medicine.

James Williams, Oxford Internet Institute

Brunello StancioliJames Williams is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College studying the ethical design of persuasive technologies (i.e. technologies that are aimed at changing the behaviors or attitudes of users). For the past six years he has worked at Google, most recently as Global Search Lead, where he received the Foundersí Award (the companyís highest honor) for his work on Googleís search advertising systems. His interests include human-centered technology design, the psychology of goals and intentions, emerging technologies such as augmented reality and 3D printing, uses of technology to enhance life measurement/optimization, experimental philosophy, and games. A native of Texas, James studied English Literature and Classics as an undergrad and later earned a Masterís in Human-Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington.