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Dr Catriona McMillan

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Senior Research Fellow in Medical Law and Ethics

LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD


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Catriona (also known as Katy) is Senior Research Fellow within the law school, working on the Wellcome Trust funded project 'Confronting the Liminal Spaces of Health Research Regulation.' She is also Deputy Director of the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, and incoming convenor of the Law Society of Scotland's Health and Medical Law Sub-Committee.

Catriona holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Glasgow (2013), a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2014), and a PhD in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Edinburgh (2018). She is the author of the forthcoming book The Human Embryo in vitro: Breaking the Legal Stalemate (Cambridge University Press, April 2021). Her research interests lie in the law and ethics surrounding health technologies and human reproduction. Her broader research interests include:

  • Health research
  • Assisted reproduction
  • Contraception, pregnancy and childbirth
  • Personal health tracking technologies
  • Decision making at the end of life

Catriona is a member of the Law School's Ethics Committee, and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of SCRIPTed, a Journal of Law Technology and Society. In June 2020 she was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021-2023) to investigate the regulatory and ethical implications of personal health tracking technologies aimed at women, also known as 'Femtech'.

Twitter: @katy_mcmillan