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Dr. Louise Bezuidenhout

Research Student


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Louise Bezuidenhout completed her PhD in cardio-thoracic surgery at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and has worked as a postdoctoral scientist in the department of cardiovascular sciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

In 2008 she was the recipient of an EU scholarship for the Erasmus Mundus Masters of Bioethics programme run by the Catholic University of Leuven, Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Padova. These dual interests in science and bioethics led to her enrol for a PhD in sociology at the University of Exeter under Prof Brian Rappert and Dr Dana Wilson-Kovacs


Book chapter

Rappert, B. and Bezuidenhout, L., ‘Lessons for moving ahead’, in Rappert B. (ed), Education and Ethics in the Life Sciences, Canberra: Australian National University Press (forthcoming).

Journal articles

Bezuidenhout, L. and Rappert, B., 'Dual-use Research', entry in Ethics CORE: A Collaborative Online Resource Environment(forthcoming).

Bezuidenhout, L., 'Research structures and the “web of prevention”: ethical implications for insufficient environments', Medicine, Conflict and Survival, (fothcoming).

Bezuidenhout, L. and Donaghy, J. 'Making data accessible for all: a conference report'. EASST, 31(3), 2012: 15 - 16

Bezuidenhout, L., 'Dual-use Issues and Data Sharing', Science and Engineering Ethics, 30 July 2011, 1 - 10

Bezuidenhout, L., 'Beyond Biosecurity: the Principle of Dual-Use', African Biological Safety Association online, June 2010.

Bezuidenhout, L., 'Commentary on the African Biological Safety Association Inaugural Meeting', in South African Journal of Science 106 (5/6), 2010

Bezuidenhout, L. and Borry, P., 'Examining the role of informal interpretation in medical interviews', in Journal of Medical Ethics 35, 2009: pp 159 - 162.


'Ethics in Science: Dual-use and the Life Sciences', Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Postgraduate Seminar Series, University of Cape Town, 15 April 2011.

'Dual-use and the Life Sciences in Developing Countries', Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative Seminar Series, University of Nairobi, 22 February 2011.

'Dual-use issues and developing countries', MRC/UVRI Institute, Entebbe, Uganda, 28 January, 2011.

'Dual-use and the Life Sciences', Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative Seminar Series, University of Nairobi, 10 January 2011.

'Responsibility in the Life Sciences', Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Stem Cell Discussion Group, University of Cape Town, 01 December 2010.

''Dual-use and the life sciences', seminar at the Institute for Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, 11 November 2010.

'Dual-Use Issues and Data Sharing', poster presentation at the Helex International Data Sharing Conference, Oxford, UK, 21 September 2010.

'Dual-use issues and developing countries', African Biological Safety Association, Nairobi, 8-12 March 2010.

Research Interests

Louise is the recipient of a scholarship from the Wellcome Trust to work on the collaborative project on building sustainable capacity in dual-use bioethics. Her research focus is on the conceptualization of the dual-use debate by life scientists in developing countries, and how different social surroundings affect involvement in dual-use debates.