Sara Alexandra Dahlen

Thesis title:

Genetic sex and uterine donation? Re-examining the Montreal Criteria for the Ethical Feasibility of Uterine Transplantation


This project aims to critically re-assess “genetic sex” in the Montreal Criteria for the Ethical Feasibility of Uterine Transplantation through: 1) reviewing published ethical arguments for and against the use of genetic sex as a key criterion for recipients of uterine transplantation; 2) exploring the considerations, attitudes and moral concerns expressed by UK women around the genetic sex of uterine transplant recipients; 3) surveying attitudes of UK females regarding the importance of genetic sex in the ethics of uterine transplantation: do perceptions of acceptability vary depending upon the genetic sex of the hypothetical recipient? The project hopes to balance theoretical arguments with conflicting real world viewpoints and bring attention to social context, while allowing policy-relevant ethical recommendations to be generated. It may illustrate cultural concerns around genetic sex and transgender rights, including anxieties over definitions of womanhood/motherhood and new medical techniques/assisted reproductive technologies.

First supervisor:

Silvia Camporesi


3-Health, Biopolitics & Social Inequality




See my ORCID record here:

Dahlen S. Do we need the word ‘woman’ in healthcare? Postgrad Med J 2021; 97: 483–4.

Dahlen S. Dual Uncertainties: On Equipoise, Sex Differences and Chirality in Clinical Research. New Bioeth 2021; : 1–11.

Dahlen S, Connolly D, Arif I, Junejo MH, Bewley S, Meads C. International clinical practice guidelines for gender minority/trans people: systematic review and quality assessment. BMJ Open 2021; 11: e048943.

Bewley S, Dahlen S, Connolly D, Arif I, Junejo M, Catherine M. International Clinical Practice Guidelines for Gender Minority/Trans People: Systematic Review & Quality Assessment. How Does the Endocrine Society Fare? J Endocr Soc 2021; 5: A791–A791.

Dahlen S. De-sexing the Medical Record? An Examination of Sex Versus Gender Identity in the General Medical Council’s Trans Healthcare Ethical Advice. New Bioeth 2020; 26: 38–52.

Dahlen S. Viewpoint: How well do doctors understand gender dysphoria in young people? Br J Gen Pract 2019; 69: 555–555.

Kay GF, Yong E, Dahlén SA, Weaver A. Medical students at LTC and in pre-hospital care: a structured programme in pre-hospital emergency medicine for medical undergraduates. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med 2012; 20: I5.