The Network for Bodies, Organs and Tissues links academics, regulators and practitioners working in the area of human tissues with the aim of making significant contributions to public debate and commentary, and informing the development of policy and law. The Network places particular emphasis on strengthening existing, and fostering new, collaborations across disciplines, centres and organisations (nationally and internationally) to generate expert knowledge and instigate public discussion about tissue conflicts and controversies.
The objectives of NBOT are:
- To identify the fundamental causes of tissue disputes and controversies through multidisciplinary perspectives, and to contribute to understanding the global and transnational nature of such disputes;
- To provide concrete, effective and practical policies and practices for tissue custodians/regulators; and
- To provide mechanisms and policies to maintain and increase public awareness of tissue-based controversies;
- To provide a rich and supportive, hands-on, research training environment for ECRs;
- To include governments and significant NGOs as research partners (e.g. Alzheimers Australia, Auscord, ABMDR, Australian Organ Donation Authority, Australian Donate);
- To assist the development of governance of the biotechnical and scientific developments surrounding bodies, organs and tissues;
- To strengthen international ties with leading academic institutions, international organisations and policy makers;
- To be a first-call provider of expert commentary to media outlets;
- To enhance the research capacity across the University, link with relevant national and international policy organisations and translate the research into improving public policy.