Dita Wickins-Drazilova

+44 (0)1382 383953
Lecturer in Ethics and Global Health


I am the lead of ethics teaching at Dundee Medical School, also coordinating interdisciplinary learning in ethics across the University’s Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. In addition to these, I teach ethics in the three schools, as well as contribute to teaching Global Health, particularly on issues of global heath ethics.

My background is in social sciences and philosophy, and my university education was at Charles University, Prague and Masaryk University, Brno (both in the Czech Republic) and at Colorado State University, USA. I hold a PhD in Ethics.

As well as teaching and producing courses in ethics at Masaryk University, I have previously taught and conducted research at various UK universities including the University of Warwick, Lancaster University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Birmingham. My teaching and research interests are in various areas of ethics, particularly ethics applied to healthcare (medical ethics and clinical ethics), research ethics, and ethics of biotechnology as well as animal and environmental ethics.


I have conducted research and published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at many international conferences on several areas of applied ethics: medical and healthcare ethics, research ethics, ethics of evaluation, ethics of biotechnology and animal and environmental ethics.

My current main research interest is on the evaluation of clinical ethics services. Before coming to Dundee, I worked on the Warwick Clinical Ethics Project at the University of Warwick, developing research strategy for evaluating clinical ethics services in the UK and countries in Europe.

My previous research projects include working on multi-million Euro EC-funded projects: IDEFICS (ethical issues raised by childhood obesity); PRIVELEGED (privacy and data protection in research; @neurIST (ethical advisor to researchers looking into the causes and modelling of cerebral aneurysms); and PropEur (ethical and property issues of human, animal and plant tissues). I have an ongoing research interest in animal welfare, animal ethics and environmental impacts, particularly of the ethical issues of keeping wild species of animals in captivity and the ethical, legal and political implications of cloning extinct specials of mammals.


Successful Funding Bids:

  • Human-Animal Studies Fellowship awarded by the Animals & Society Institute for a six-week residential research stay at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA, 2010
  • Grants awarded by the Fund of the Czech Ministry of Education for developing a first course in Environmental Ethics and an Introduction to Philosophy course at the School of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, 2002-2005
  • Fulbright Scholarship for a PhD research to be conducted at the Department of Philosophy, Colorado State University, USA, 2002

Lectures and conferences

Selected Presentations at International Conferences:

  • “Consultants’ views on best form of ethics support in NHS Tayside”, Institute of Medical Ethics Research Conference 'Sharpening the Edge of Bioethics‘, June 2015, Newcastle, and EACME (European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics) international conference in Cagliari, Italy in September 2015 (with Y. Karachiwala)
  • “Military medical ethics: The development of an eLearning module by a student with active military service experience”, ASME Annual Scientific Meeting, Edinburgh, UK, July 2015, Edinburgh (with I. Bertram)
  • “What are the key objectives of clinical ethics services?”, International Congress on Clinical Ethics Consultation, University of Munich, Germany, March 2013
  • “Evaluating clinical ethics support services: Identifying their objectives”, EACME Annual Conference (European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics), University of Bristol, UK, September 2012
  • “Zoological Gardens: Their history, current state and ethical issues” Annual European Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Charles University, Praha, Czech Republic, October 2011
  • “Kant on the perfect similarity of duties to humans and duties to animals”, UK Kant Conference, Lancaster University, UK, August 2009, and Workshops in Political Theory at the University of Manchester, UK, August 2010
  • “The European Common Agricultural Policy, obesity, and organic farming”, 8th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, University of Nottingham, UK, July 2009
  • “Ethics and anti-obesity interventions in adolescence”, Promoting a Healthy European Lifestyle through Exercise and Nutrition in Adolescence, University of Granada, Spain, April 2008
  • “The ethical issues of childhood-obesity interventions”, EurObese Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, January 2008
  • “Cloning Neanderthals: Ethical aspects and patenting”, EGENIS Conference (Centre for Genomics in Society), University of Exeter, UK, January 2007


As lead of the ethics learning theme at Dundee Medical School, I deliver and develop ethics teaching across the School, produce e-learning materials and manage the Ethics blog https://mbchb.dundee.ac.uk/ethics/ (only accessible to Dundee Medical School students and staff) and the related Dundee Ethics Twitter (available to all: https://twitter.com/Dundee_Ethics).

Other duties include teaching and developing assessments across all three schools, such as provision of examination questions, OSCE stations and marking or co-ordinating marking of case discussions (in both ethics and professionalism).

My role is also to develop, coordinate and assist with delivery of enhanced interprofessional ethics education across the schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. This includes small-group teaching using discussions of ethics case scenarios for mixed groups of medical, nursing and midwifery, and dentistry students.

Last but not least, I contribute to Global Health teaching across the schools, teaching for the interprofessional SSC in Global Health and contributing to teaching, supervision and assessments of the BMSc in International Health.


  • Wickins-Drazilova, D. and Williams, G., “Childhood Obesity: Ethics and Public Policy”, in Moreno, L., Pigeot, I., & Ahrens, W. (eds), Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents, Springer Series: Epidemiology and Public Health, Springer, 2011, pp. 7-20
  • Wickins-Drazilova, D. and Williams, G., “The ethics of evaluating obesity-intervention studies on children“, International Journal of ObesityAnd Related Metabolic Disorders 2011, 35 (Supplement 1), pp. 24-29
  • Wickins-Drazilova, D., Nicholls, S. et al., “Parental views on public-policy options regarding healthy eating”, Proceedings of the 9th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics 2010, pp. 184-188
  • ?Wickins-Drazilova, D. and Williams, G., “Ethical and public policy aspects of childhood obesity: opinions of scientists working on an intervention study”, Obesity Reviews 11, August 2010, pp. 620-626
  • Wickins-Drazilova, D., “The European Common Agricultural Policy, obesity, and organic farming”, in Millar, K., Hobson West, P., and Nerlich, B. (eds), Ethical futures: bioscience and food horizons, Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2009, pp. 70-74
  • Townend, D., Taylor, M.J., Wickins-Drazilova, D., and Wright, J., “Privacy interests in biobanking: a preliminary view on a European perspective”, in Kaye, J., and Stranger, M. (eds), Principles and Practice in Biobank Governance, Ashgate, 2009, pp. 137-160
  • Wickins-Drazilova, D., “Zoo Animal Welfare”, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. Volume 19, Number 1, 2006, pp. 27-36
  • Drazilova, D., “Respecting Welfare in Zoos”, Preprints of the 5th Eursafe Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, Johan De Tavernier and Stefan Aerts (eds.), University of Leuven, Leuven, 2004, pp. 236-239