Dr Hilary Bowman-Smart
Researcher in the Ethics of Prenatal Genetics and Genomics
Hilary Bowman-Smart is currently working in a team with Ruth Horn, Associate Professor in Ethics, on a research project to explore the ethical issues raised by the implementation of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in routine clinical care in different socio-cultural and political contexts (England, France and Germany).
Hilary is an empirical bioethicist and undertook her PhD at the University of Melbourne. She has a background in both genetics and philosophy. She has been working on research relating to NIPT since 2017. She has experience with a variety of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. She combines empirical research with ethical analysis.
Hilary’s area of research is primarily reproductive ethics, with a focus on emerging reproductive technologies such as NIPT. She has also worked on ethical issues associated with termination of pregnancy, expanded reproductive carrier screening, genetic parenthood, and genome editing.
Non-invasive prenatal testing in Germany: a unique ethical and policy landscape.
Bowman-Smart H. et al, (2022), Eur J Hum Genet
'Diagnostic shock': the impact of results from ultrarapid genomic sequencing of critically unwell children on aspects of family functioning.
Bowman-Smart H. et al, (2022), Eur J Hum Genet, 30, 1036 - 1043
NON-INVASIVE PRENATAL TESTING FOR ADULT-ONSET CONDITIONS: REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND THE WELFARE OF THE FUTURE CHILD
Taylor-Sands M. and Bowman-Smart H., (2022), MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, 45
Fetal information as shared information: using NIPT to test for adult-onset conditions.
Bowman-Smart H. and Taylor-Sands M., (2021), Monash Bioeth Rev, 39, 82 - 102
Non-invasive prenatal testing for ‘non-medical’ traits: ensuring consistency in ethical decision-making
Bowman-Smart H. et al, (2021), The American Journal of Bioethics