Dr Aisling McMahon awarded Irish Research Council (New Foundations) Funding

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 14:45

Dr Aisling McMahon has been awarded funding from the Irish Research Council (New Foundations) scheme for her project entitled ‘Patents and Biotechnology: Licensing as Ethical Governance?’. This project investigates the use of patent licensing as a strategy for incorporating ethical considerations in the downstream development of advanced biotechnologies, including CRISPR gene editing technologies. As part of the project, Dr McMahon will travel to North America in August/September 2019 to conduct empirical interviews. Whilst there, she will present early findings from the project at the (ATRIP) International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property conference which is being hosted this year in Vanderbilt Law School. Dr McMahon writes primarily on patent law and medical law. Her most recent work in the patent field includes a forthcoming article in the European Intellectual Property Review which examines the marginalisation of ethical issues within the gene patent context (pre-print version is available here). This article was based on findings from a broader British Academy funded project examining gene patents and health. Dr McMahon is a lecturer in Maynooth University Department of Law. She teaches Equity and Trusts, Contemporary issues in Medicine and the Law and a new module on Patents, Health and Biotechnology. For further information, contact: aisling.mcmahon@mu.ie