Anscombe Bioethics
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Bioethics Centre
The Anscombe Bioethics Centre was founded in 1977, and is the oldest national bioethics research centre in the UK, and one of the oldest in the world. It was established by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, and exists to serve the Catholic Church and the wider common good in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. It does so by engaging in scholarly dialogue with academics and practitioners of different backgrounds, contributing to public debates and consultations, and running educational programmes for Catholics, healthcare professionals, and the general public.

For many years the Centre was based in London and was known as the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics, in honour of Thomas Linacre, the 16th Century scholar and physician to King Henry VII. In 2010, the Centre moved to Oxford, in order to be in close contact with the most advanced research in the world and to develop more strategic academic partnerships. The Centre's change of name coincided with this move, and honours Elizabeth Anscombe, the great Catholic philosopher who taught in Oxford and Cambridge, debated with C.S. Lewis, studied with Wittgenstein, and who was well-known for her defence of human life. She died in 2001.