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 CIHR and New Frontiers Research Fund supported 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. Nick is currently working on projects exploring the ethics of research with imminently dying and recently deceased patients, the implications of innovative technologies in organ donation, and the ethical challenges facing randomized controlled trials of donor interventions in deceased donation.