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About the Mason Institute

The J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law (MI), based at the University of Edinburgh and located within the School of Law, serves as an interdisciplinary research network, aimed at investigating the interface between medicine, life sciences and the law in relation to medical and bioethical developments on a national and global scale.


MI is dedicated to conducting innovative world class research, and raising the quality, quantity, and awareness of the research being undertaken, individually and in cooperation with other domestic, European, and international partners at the University of Edinburgh.  As an institution, we provide evidence-based research and policy advice and are a nexus for international collaboration and exchange, drawing on and pulling together a diverse collection of existing networks and forging new ones.

We are undertaking an expanding portfolio of work that will lead to greater insights into the governance and regulation of medicine and the life sciences, doing so via direct and on-going engagement with regulatory and user communities. Drawing on an international network of academics, the Mason Institute works collaboratively with industry, scientists, policymakers and the public. Research to-date has produced standards and guidance for policymakers and industry, nationally and internationally.

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The J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law strives to reflect the openness of spirit and mind exemplified by Professor JK Mason, and to contribute to academia, public life, and the wider society through ground-breaking research and teaching. Professor Mason was Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine in the University from 1973-1985 and Honorary Fellow in the School of Law from 1985 until his death on 26 January 2017.

Prof Mason’s work and commitment to Edinburgh perfectly embody the ideals to which the Mason Institute aspires. The institute reflects the interdisciplinary interests of Ken and others at the University towards collaborative, supportive, impactful and engaging research and teaching. The Mason Institute’s vision includes a commitment to be a centre of excellence that is genuinely University-wide, internationally-oriented, and which emphasises the importance of interdisciplinary working at the interface of medicine, science, social sciences and law.

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