Antony Blackburn-Starza is Legal Editor at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and at its free weekly email news digest, commentary service and website BioNews. Together with his fellow BioNews editor James Brooks and Siobhan Chan, and PET's Founding Chair of Trustees Professor Marcus Pembrey, he runs the BioNews internship scheme which provides practical science writing training and experience for PhD students. He is currently studying for a PhD at at the University of Kent's Law School, where his research focuses on new forms of actionable harm arising from mishaps in assisted conception, and where he teaches Obligations. He is also a tutor at Bloomsbury Law Tutors and a Member of Lincoln's Inn.
Antony originally studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, went on to obtain an MA in Medical Law and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London, and completed the the Bar Professional Training Course at City University London's Law School. He has worked as a Policy Officer at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, an Events Organiser at Médecins Sans Frontières, a Researcher at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a Filing Clerk at Freeth Cartwright, and a Clerical Assistant at the University of Nottingham, and he has interned at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and Nelsons Solicitors. His BioNews article 'UK lags behind the rest of Europe in IVF' is reproduced in Reproductive Ethics (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA). He is particularly interested in medical ethics, patents and socio-legal approaches to new medical technologies.