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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Dr Nikki Kerruish

PositionHonorary Senior Lecturer
DepartmentBioethics Centre
QualificationsBMedSci BM BS FRACP PhD
Research summaryGenetics / ethics; clinical ethics; paediatric bioethics

Research

Current research

  • 12yr follow up of children tested at birth for genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes
  • An analysis of the "zone of parental discretion" (a framework for healthcare decision-making when parents and doctors disagree)
  • The Future of Preimplantation Genetic Testing: an Analysis of the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues
  • Parental decision-making about vitamin k prophylaxis for their newborn (supervision of BMedSci student with Ben Wheeler)
  • Analysis of ethical issues in a single complex paediatric case from an Inter-professional perspective (supervision of BMedSci student with Lynley Anderson (Bioethics) and Liza Edmonds (WCH))

Research areas / topics of interest

  • Children's best interests – what do we mean by this eg medical, psychosocial, or a broader account of well-being?
  • Ethical, legal and social implications of expanded genetic testing in childhood
  • Paediatric healthcare decision-making

Potential future research

  • Children's Interests: a theoretical, clinical, legal and family-centered analysis
  • Australasian Survey of the Use of Growth Attenuation for Children with Profound Cognitive Impairment (with Ben Wheeler)
  • Happy to be approached by postgraduate students wishing to pursue projects in related areas

Publications

Majid, A., Blackwell, M., Broadbent, R. S., Barker, D. P., Al-Sallami, H. S., Edmonds, L., Kerruish, N., & Wheeler, B. J. (2019). Newborn vitamin K prophylaxis: A historical perspective to understand modern barriers to uptake. Hospital Pediatrics, 9(1), 55-60. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2018-0104

Kerruish, N. J., Healey, D. M., & Gray, A. R. (2017). Psychosocial effects in parents and children 12 years after newborn genetic screening for type 1 diabetes. European Journal of Human Genetics, 25, 397-403. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2016.190

Kerruish, N. J., McMillan, J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). The ethics of parental refusal of newborn vitamin K prophylaxis. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(1), 8-11. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13364

Wrigley, R., Kerruish, N., Hofman, P. L., Jefferies, C., Pollock, A. J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). Growth attenuation therapy for children with severe physical and cognitive disability: Practice and perspectives of New Zealand paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(12), 1180-1185. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13629

Kerruish, N., & Snelling, J. (2016). Children with profound cognitive impairment: Growth attenuation and the ZPD. In R. McDougall, C. Delaney & L. Gillam (Eds.), When doctors and parents disagree: Ethics, paediatrics and the zone of parental discretion. (pp. 166-187). Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Kerruish, N., & Snelling, J. (2016). Children with profound cognitive impairment: Growth attenuation and the ZPD. In R. McDougall, C. Delaney & L. Gillam (Eds.), When doctors and parents disagree: Ethics, paediatrics and the zone of parental discretion. (pp. 166-187). Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

McDougall, R., Gillam, L., Kerruish, N., & Snelling, J. (2016). Within the ZPD: Focusing on harm and children's interests. In R. McDougall, C. Delaney & L. Gillam (Eds.), When doctors and parents disagree: Ethics, paediatrics and the zone of parental discretion. (pp. 25-40). Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

Kerruish, N. (2007). Screening newborns for genetic susceptibility: What's the harm? In B. M. Knoppers (Ed.), Genomics and public health: Legal and socio-ethical perspectives. (pp. 21-44). Leiden, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.

Kerruish, N. (2007). New possibilities for newborn genetic screening: Screening for genetic susceptibility to common disease. In N. Page (Ed.), Genes, society and the future (Vol. 1). (pp. 295-327). Dunedin, New Zealand: Human Genome Research Project, University of Otago.

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Journal - Research Article

Majid, A., Blackwell, M., Broadbent, R. S., Barker, D. P., Al-Sallami, H. S., Edmonds, L., Kerruish, N., & Wheeler, B. J. (2019). Newborn vitamin K prophylaxis: A historical perspective to understand modern barriers to uptake. Hospital Pediatrics, 9(1), 55-60. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2018-0104

Kerruish, N. J., Healey, D. M., & Gray, A. R. (2017). Psychosocial effects in parents and children 12 years after newborn genetic screening for type 1 diabetes. European Journal of Human Genetics, 25, 397-403. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2016.190

Wrigley, R., Kerruish, N., Hofman, P. L., Jefferies, C., Pollock, A. J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). Growth attenuation therapy for children with severe physical and cognitive disability: Practice and perspectives of New Zealand paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(12), 1180-1185. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13629

Kerruish, N. J., McMillan, J., & Wheeler, B. J. (2017). The ethics of parental refusal of newborn vitamin K prophylaxis. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(1), 8-11. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13364

Miller, H., Kerruish, N., Broadbent, R. S., Barker, D., & Wheeler, B. J. (2016). Why do parents decline newborn intramuscular vitamin K prophylaxis? Journal of Medical Ethics, 42(10), 643-648. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103534

Kerruish, N. (2016). Growth attenuation therapy: Views of parents of children with profound cognitive impairment. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 25(1), 70-83. doi: 10.1017/S0963180115000304

Snelling, J., Kerruish, N., & Lenagh-Glue, J. (2016). Non-invasive prenatal testing: The problem with "fast cars". Journal of Law & Medicine, 24, 203-220.

Miller, H., Wheeler, B., & Kerruish, N. (2016). Newborn vitamin K prophylaxis: An analysis of information resources for parents and professionals. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1446), 44-52. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Kerruish, N. (2016). Parents' experiences 12 years after newborn screening for genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes and their attitudes to whole-genome sequencing in newborns. Genetics in Medicine, 18(3), 249-258. doi: 10.1038/gim.2015.73

Kerruish, N., & McMillan, J. R. (2015). Parental reasoning about growth attenuation therapy: Report of a single-case study. Journal of Medical Ethics, 41, 745-749. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2013-101913

Wilson, C., Kerruish, N. J., Wilcken, B., Wiltshire, E., Bendikson, K., & Webster, D. (2012). Diagnosis of disorders of intermediary metabolism in New Zealand before and after expanded newborn screening: 2004-2009. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1348). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Kerruish, N. J. (2011). Parents' experiences of newborn screening for genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes. Journal of Medical Ethics, 37(6), 348-353. doi: 10.1136/jme.2010.039206

Kerruish, N. J., Webster, D., & Dickson, N. (2008). Information and consent for newborn screening: Practices and attitudes of service providers. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34(9), 648-652. doi: 10.1136/jme.2007.023374

Wilson, C., Kerruish, N. J., Wilcken, B., Wiltshire, E., & Webster, D. (2007). The failure to diagnose inborn errors of metabolism in New Zealand: The case for expanded newborn screening. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1262). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1262/2727/content.pdf

Kerruish, N. J., Campbell-Stokes, P. L., Gray, A., Merriman, T. R., Robertson, S. P., & Taylor, B. J. (2007). Maternal psychological reaction to newborn genetic screening for type 1 diabetes. Pediatrics, 120(2), e324-e335.

Kerruish, N. J., & Robertson, S. P. (2005). Newborn screening: New developments, new dilemmas. Journal of Medical Ethics, 31, 393-398.

Kerruish, N. J., Settle, K., Campbell-Stokes, P., & Taylor, B. J. (2005). Vulnerable baby scale: Development and piloting of a questionnaire to measure maternal perceptions of their baby's vulnerability. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 41, 419-423. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2005.00658.x

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Journal - Research Other

Kerruish, N., & Anderson, L. C. (2016). It started with a kiss [Response to the article Is it acceptable for medical professionals to kiss paediatric patients?]. Journal of Medical Ethics, 42(10), 638-639. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103619

McMurdo, M., Kerruish, N., & Gillett, G. (2013). Consent, competence and lies to children: Veracity in paediatric care. Journal of Law & Medicine, 21(2), 265-272.

Robertson, S. P., & Kerruish, N. (2012). Resolving the impasse on predictive genetic testing in minors: Will more evidence be the solution? Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(9), 525-526. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2012-100557

Kerruish, N. (2003). [Response to In that case - parental refusal of Guthrie Test]. New Zealand Bioethics Journal, 38-40.

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