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Honorary Senior Lecturer
Bioethics Centre
Research summary
Genetics / ethics; clinical ethics; paediatric bioethics


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


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 Journal - Research Article

Wrigley, R., Kerruish, N., Hofman, P., Jefferies, C., Pollock, A., & Wheeler, B. (2017). Growth attenuation therapy for children with severe physical and cognitive disability: Practice & perspectives of New Zealand paediatricians. Proceedings of the University of Otago Student Research Symposium: Te Wānaka Rakahau: Ākoka. (pp. 97). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Snelling, J., Kerruish, N., & Lenagh-Glue, J. (2017). Judging genes & choosing children: Revisiting the law, ethics & policy in the genomics era. Commissioned by New Zealand Law Foundation. 303p. Commissioned Report for External Body

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 Journal - Research Article

Winters, J. P., & Kerruish, N. (2017, January). Developing the Zone of Parental Discretion: Paediatric decision making. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Bioethics Conference: Bioethics and Health Law in the Information Age, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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