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Researcher: McWhirter, R (Dr Rebekah McWhirter)

Fields of Research

Bioethics (human and animal)
Cancer Genetics
Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Causes and Prevention of Crime
Law and Society
Quantitative Genetics (incl. Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics)
Property Law (excl. Intellectual Property Law)
Tort Law
Public Health and Health Services
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Medical Ethics
Health and Community Services
Medical Genetics (excl. Cancer Genetics)
Applied Ethics
Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Natural Language Processing
Computer Software

Research Objectives

Cancer and Related Disorders
Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Justice and the Law
Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health
Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Criminal Justice
Crime Prevention
Law Reform
Civil Justice
Health and Support Services
Health Related to Ageing
Cultural Understanding
Understanding Australia's Past
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Behaviour and Health
Disability and Functional Capacity
Indigenous Health
Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games)

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'Lymph or Liberty': Responses to Smallpox Vaccination in the Eastern Australian Colonies
Adjusting for Familial Relatedness in the Analysis of GWAS Data; Methods in Molecular Biology: Bioinformatics - Volume II: Structure, Function, and Applications.
All in the blood: a review of Aboriginal Australians’ cultural beliefs about blood and implications for biospecimen research; Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Australia: regulating genomic data sharing to promote public trust; Human Genetics
Body ownership and research; Journal of Law and Medicine
Community Engagement for Big Epidemiology: Deliberative Democracy as a Tool; Journal of Personalized Medicine
Enhancing early detection of cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system: feasibility of a proposed method; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Ethical genetic research in Indigenous communities: challenges and successful approaches; Trends in Molecular Medicine
Evidence for a common genetic aetiology in high-risk families with multiple haematological malignancy subtypes ; British Journal of Haematology
Genetic and epigenetic variation in vulvar cancer: Current research and future clinical practice; The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Genomics in research and health care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; Monash Bioethics Review
How do we 'do' consent?
Identifying public expectations of genetic biobanks; Public Understanding of Science
Implementing values-based governance for a new bioresource model; Journal of Law and the Biosciences
Impressions on the Body, Property and Research; Persons, Parts and Property: How Should We Regulate Human Tissue in the 21st Century?
Informed consent and performance data: clinician experience as a material risk; University of New South Wales Law Journal
Key challenges in bringing CRISPR-mediated somatic cell therapy into the clinic; Genome Medicine
Moving forward on consent practices in Australia; Journal of Bioethical Inquiry: an interdisciplinary forum for ethical and legal debate
New avenues within community engagement: addressing the ingenuity gap in our approach to health research and future provision of health care; Journal of Responsible Innovation
Novel genetic loci underlying human intracranial volume identified through genome-wide association; Nature Neuroscience
Performance data and informed consent: a duty to disclose?; Medical Journal of Australia
Precision medicine: drowning in a regulatory soup?; Journal of Law and the Biosciences
Provenance and risk in transfer of biological materials; PLOS Biology
Regulation of Genetic Testing; Health Law in Australia
Regulation of non-consensual genetic testing in Australia: use of samples from deceased persons; Journal of Law and Medicine
Regulation of unregistered birth workers in Australia: Homebirth and public safety; Women and Birth
Runs of homozygosity and a cluster of vulvar cancer in young Australian Aboriginal women; Gynecologic Oncology
Smallpox and Vaccination in Tasmania; Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings
The British Medical Association in Tasmania and the Hospital Crisis; Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings
The complex genetics of gait speed: genome-wide meta-analysis approach; Aging
The History of Bioethics: implications for current debates in health research; Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Understanding public reactions to commercialization of biobanks and use of biobank resources; Social Science & Medicine

Research Projects

A vulvar cancer cluster caused by genetic susceptibility: investigating the genetic mechanism; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
An app platform for informed consent: making multimedia content accessible; Menzies Institute for Medical Research (MIMR)
Enhancing Early Detection of Cognitive Impairment in the Criminal Justice System; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Improving informed consent in research to protect participants; University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Research Candidate Supervision