Departments of Philosophy and Medicine
Nick Murphy is Postdoctoral Fellow with the departments of Philosophy and Medicine at Western University. He received his B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy and French from the University of Guelph (2012) and his M.A. (2014) and Ph.D. in philosophy from Western University (2020). Nick is working with Professors Charles Weijer and Marat Slessarev on the New Frontiers Research Fund study Neurological Physiology After Removal of Therapy (NeuPaRT). The NeuPaRT project brings together physicians, neuroscientists, social scientists, lawyers and philosophers to study the relationship between the cessation of circulatory and brain activity during the dying process. The findings of this study will inform ethical debates and practice in organ donation after planned withdrawal of life support in the intensive care unit. In 2018-2019 Nick led a scoping review undertaken by the NeuPaRT team to identify and catalogue all important ethical, conceptual and metaphysical issues surrounding the practice of controlled donation after circulatory determination of death. Building off the findings of this review, Nick is currently working on projects exploring support for families during and after the donation process, public trust and transparency in relation to donation practices, and the ethical justifications for antemortem interventions in deceased donation.