Ainsley Newson

Professor of Bioethics
University of Sydney

Sydney, NSW

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Professor Ainsley Newson is an authority on the ethical and legal issues that arise in genomics and health. Her work critically considers how genomic technologies should be used well, in research, clinical and population health settings. Particular issues that Ainsley has focused on include data sharing, ownership, population screening and genetic testing during pregnancy and in children. Ainsley coordinates the Australian ELSI Genomics Network, a new network designed to bring all in Australia who are interested in the ethical, legal and social issues in genomics. She is also policy co-lead with Australian Genomics, bioethics lead for the Mackenzie's Mission project and chief investigator of the ARC-funded project: Theories of Autonomy in Reproductive Genetic Testing. Ainsley is a member of several policy-making committees in bioethics and health for government and professional associations, including the Australian Health Ethics Committee (2021-2024 triennium). She also regularly engages in media and public debate about bioethics issues.