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  • IBME Study on AI Model GPT-3 Makes Global Impact

  • Isabelle Karzig ist neu Vizepräsidentin der SGBE

  • New publication: AI model GPT-3 (dis)informs us better than humans

  • Forschungsstudie: Moral distress bei ärztlichen Führungspersonen im Schweizer Klinikalltag – Status quo und Lösungsperspektiven

  • Event: Magic Medicine – Können halluzinogene Pilze depressive Erkrankungen heilen?

  • New publication: The PHERCC Matrix. An Ethical Framework for Planning, Governing, and Evaluating Risk and Crisis Communication in the Context of Public Health Emergencies

  • First meeting of the Apéro Philo Series on May 11th at 5 p.m: Michael Latzer and Noemi Festic on digital well-being

  • New Publication: Eleonora Viganò’s new article on digital health interventions published in JMIR

  • University of Zurich selected Fayez Abdulrazeq to represent the university at the LERU’s Summer School

  • Webinar: «The Metaverse: A Role for Mental Health Care?»

  • New publication by Eleonora Viganò on Res Publica

  • We welcome new Members to the IBME Team: Nathalie Heinz and Sophie Stephan

  • Scholarshipt awarded to IBME team member Fayez Abdulrazeq

  • IBME team presents cutting edge research at SNSF Corona Research Conference

  • Join our next Webinar on April 25 at 5pm, 'The Metaverse: A role to play in mental healthcare'

  • Upcoming talk on self-experimentation by Nikola Biller-Andorno and Tania Manríquez Roa at Swissmedic

  • New publication: Patient narratives – a still undervalued resource for healthcare improvement

  • Eleonora Viganò’s book launch at the University of Oxford

  • Join our Webinar: Forum for Global Health Ethics – 'The Power of Artificial Intelligence for Advancing Health Equity'

  • New Publication: «The use of artificial intelligence applications in medicine and the standard required for healthcare provider-patient briefings—an exploratory study»

  • New Publication: «Values in challenging times: Strategic crisis management in the EU»

  • Premio Pusterla Preis: Essays veröffentlicht

  • Eleonora Viganò invited as a speaker at the Swiss Parliament for the event «Die Schweiz und Big Data: Chancen und Herausforderungen»

  • New Publication: «Values in challenging times: Strategic crisis management in the EU»

  • The Swiss National Science Foundation’s Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize for 2022 goes to Anna Elsner, Congratulations!

  • New Publication: «The Use and Ethics of Digital Twins in Medicine»

  • New Publication: «Living Organ Donation for Transplantation in Bangladesh: Reality and Problems»

  • Neue Publikation von Tanja Krones: «Kommentar I zum Fall: "Eine Patientenverfügung brauche ich nicht, ich will nicht abgeschaltet werden"»

  • Zwei befristete Doktorierendenstellen im Rahmen des Projekts «COV-19-DILEMMA: Between Protection Benefit and Social Harm. Impact of Non- Pharmaceutical Protective Measures in Nursing Homes» zu besetzen

  • The Outbreak: a co-desigend, citizen science graphic novel

  • Webinar: Monkeypox, Bioethics and the LGBTQI+ Community – Save the date

  • Eleonora Viganò invited as keynote speaker for the track “Technology and Changing Self-Understanding” of the International Conference on Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (ESDIT2022)

  • New Publication: «Tortuous Paths Toward Trans Futures: Trans movement in Slovenia»

  • Visiting scholar Professor Dien Ho

  • Eleonora Viganò invited to the Workshop on Ethics of Influence, Oxford 3-4 October 2022

  • IBME PhD retreat 2022

  • The Outbreak - Co-Designing a Graphic Novel on Pandemics & Bioethics.

  • New Publication: «Clinical Ethics Consultation in Chronic Illness: Challenging Epistemic Injustice Through Epistemic Modesty»

  • New Publication: «Challenges to the right to health in sub-Saharan Africa: reflections on inequities in access to dialysis for patients with end-stage kidney failure»

  • New Publication: «Philosophy and the clinic: stigma, respect and shame.»

  • New Publication: «Die Identität erkennen. Über Stigma und Stigmamanagement bei Demenz»

  • New Publication: The regulatory gap in digital health and bridging it via alternative pathways

  • New Publication: Economic sanctions, healthcare and the right to health

  • New Publication: Addressing Volatile Ethical Issues of Covid-19 with the Core Five Enduring Values List for Health Care Professionals

  • IBME at World Congress of Bioethics

  • IBME successful with two DIZH calls

  • Workshop: Bioethics Research and Practice in Western Countries and Central Asia – A Comparative Perspective

  • Forum for Global Health Ethics: Proportionality and Evidence-Based Policymaking in Public Health: The Case of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

  • Upcoming release of Eleonora Viganó’s book «Moral Choices for Our Future Selves»

  • Erinnerung: Premio Pusterla 2022

  • DIPEX International 2022 yearly meeting

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno, Federico Germani, Giovanni Spitale and Roberto Andorno invited at the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Week

  • Media: Study published by Alfawzan et al. has been covered in different international news media outlets

  • Eleonora Viganò’s paper accepted at the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) 2022

  • New Publication: «Privacy, Data Sharing, and Data Security Policies of Women’s mHealth Apps: Scoping Review and Content Analysis»

  • Medien: Nikola Biller-Andorno äusserte sich in der NZZ zum Metaverse.

  • New publication by Tanja Krones: «Gesundheitliche Vorausplanung ("Advance Care Planning") für valide umsetzbare Patientenverfügungen»

  • New publication edited by Eleonora Viganò: «Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Big Data – a Comprehensive Overview»

  • IBME scholar Jana Sedlakova gains a highly competitive DSI excellence scholarship.

  • Seminar: Ethical and Social Aspects of Digital Health and Well-being

  • New publication by Supriya Subramani and Nikola Biller-Andorno: «Revisiting respect for persons: conceptual analysis and implications for clinical practice»

  • New publication by Jana Sedlakova & Manuel Trachsel «Conversational Artificial Intelligence in Psychotherapy: A New Therapeutic Tool or Agent?»

  • Forum for Global Health Ethics Webinar: Offering Financial Incentives to Participants in Health and Breastfeeding Research

  • New publication by Tania Manríquez Roa and Nikola Biller-Andorno

  • New publication by Tanja Krones et al. «Inequitable Access to Transplants: Adults With Impaired Decision-Making Capacity»

  • New publication by Felicitas Holzer, Tania Manriquez, Federico Germani, Nikola Biller-Andorno and Florencia Luna

  • We are delighted to invite you to a free LactaWebinar on 10 March 2022

  • New publication by Giovanni Spitale, Nikola Biller-Andorno and Federico Germani: «Concerns Around Opposition to the Green Pass in Italy: Social Listening Analysis by Using a Mixed Methods Approach»

  • Medien: Nikola Biller-Andorno im Interview mit der NZZ zu künstlicher Intelligenz in der Medizin

  • Medien: Nikola Biller-Andorno und Johannes Willi im SRF

  • New Publication: «What does coercion in intensive care mean for patients and their relatives? A thematic qualitative study»

  • New Blog article by Supriya Subramani: «Poverty-induced stigma, shame and humiliation in healthcare settings»

  • New publication by Ning Wang, Markus Christen, Matthew Hunt, and Nikola Biller-Andorno

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno appointed as member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)

  • New Publication: «Expert Views on COVAX and Equitable Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines»

  • New Publication: «Dismantling Anti-vaccine Rhetoric on Social Media»

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno joins The Hastings Center as a new Fellow

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno on Medicine of the Future: Panel at GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

  • Reading Group Interdisciplinary Ethics of Algorithms on Zoom

  • New Publication: Book chapter «The Right to science: Then and Now"

  • Reading Group Interdisciplinary Ethics of Algorithms

  • Ethical Framework for Breastfeeding Research launched

  • Ning Wang invited to speak at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

  • New Call for Applications to the Stehr-Boldt Fellowships at the IBME

  • New publication: «A Novel Risk and Crisis Communication Platform to Bridge the Gap Between Policy Makers and the Public in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis (PubliCo): Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study»

  • Neue Publikation: «Das ärztliche Ethos und die Macht des Geldes»

  • New Publication: «Doing Justice to Patients with Dementia in ICU Triage»

  • New Publication: «Key Factors in Decision Making for ECLS: A Binational Factorial Survey» by D. Drewniak, A. Rosca, T. Krones et al.

  • Die Beständigkeit der Erinnerung – Perspektiven auf Demenz aus Kunst, Philosophie, Medizin

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno kommt bei SRF – Kultur (Radio) zu Wort: «Selbstoptimirung mit Pillen - Wie gesund ist unser Umgang mit Medikamenten?»

  • The anti-Green Pass rhetoric in Italy is shaped by anti-vaccine views and focuses on limitations of personal freedom: A social listening analysis on Telegram chats

  • New Publication from Sophie Gloeckler, Tanja Krones, and Nikola Biller-Andorno: Advance care planning evaluation: a scoping review of best research practice

  • The reading group Interdisciplinary Ethics of Algorithms will be continued this Fall semester.

  • Nikole Biller-Andorno on «Happy Pills» on Radio SRF

  • New Publication from Sebastian Wäscher, Tim Nguyen and Nikola Biller-Andorno: ‚Infodemics‘: Der Umgang mit Informationen in Pandemiezeiten aus ethischer Perspektive

  • «Yes, we are ready for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine!» – the audience voted.

  • Ning Wang invited to speak at the UN Environmental Programme

  • New Publication: «New Swiss guidelines on scientific integrity: a step in the right direction but still not enough»

  • CFP: Special Issue: Journal for Evaluation of Clinical Practice

  • IBME Members at Fire Prevention Workshop

  • New seminar for doctoral students and academic staff

  • Ning Wang invited to lecture at Innovathon 2021

  • Oxford-style Debate: Are we ready for Medical AI? Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 17:30 to 19:30

  • New Publication: «indications and contraindications for extracorporeal life support for severe heart or lung failure: a systematic review»

  • New meta-study on teaching of research integrity

  • Siegertexte Premio Pusterla 2021 publiziert

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno elected as Vice Dean Innovation and Digitalization.

  • New publication by Supriya Subramani: «Adopting an ethical approach to migration health policy, practice and research»

  • New publication by Ning Wang et al: Ethical Considerations Associated with “Humanitarian Drones”: A Scoping Literature Review

  • Redesignation of IBME as a WHO Collaborating Center for Bioethics

  • Symposium 29.6: Nikola Biller-Andorno spricht bei «Pandemien – was kann man (ökonomisch) in der Zukunft besser machen?»

  • New Publication: «Ethics of ICU triage during COVID-19»

  • Finale des Premio Pusterla Medizinethik 2021 Mittwoch, 9. Juni 2021 um 19:00 Uhr auf ZOOM

  • NZZ am Sonntag stellt PubliCo vor

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno im Interview über das Leben in der COVID-19 Pandemie

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno part of the Hertie School public event "Vaccination strategies in Europe and Germany - the way forward"

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno and Giovanni Spitale invited as panelists at the 4th Virtual WHO Infodemic Management Conference.

  • New publication: «Engineering Minds? Ethical Considerations on Biotechnological Approaches to Mental Health, Well-Being, and Human Flourishing.» In: Trends in biotechnology

  • New publication: «Medizinethik» edited by Nikola Biller-Andorno, Settimio Monteverde, Tanja Krones and Tobias Eichinger

  • Medien: Nikola Biller-Andorno äussert sich in der BaZ zu Hormoncocktails von Abtreibungsgegnern

  • Workshop: Moral and Social Issues of Pursuing the Good Life with a Smartphone

  • Ning Wang invited to speak at the ICRC DigitHarium

  • Call for Participants: Respect and Shame in Healthcare and Bioethics Workshop Series

  • IBME contributes to new GSPI Policy Brief "Governance in the age of complexity: building resilience to COVID-19 and future pandemics“

  • New Publication: Felicitas Holzer, Florencia Luna, Tania Manríquez Roa and Nikola Biller-Andorno published ‘A matter of priority: equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines’

  • New Publication by Ning Wang: “As It Is Africa, It Is Ok”? Ethical Considerations of Development Use of Drones for Delivery in Malawi

  • New Publication: «AI support for ethical decision-making around resuscitation: proceed with care»

  • Event: «The Ethics about the “Good” Drones» – Invited Lecture by Ning Wang

  • Event: Invitation to Forum for Global Health Ethics: Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccines

  • Medien: Nau.ch spricht mit Nikola Biller-Andorno über Impfprivilegien

  • Medien: Nau.ch berichtet über die Umfrage-Plattform zum Coronavirus PubliCo

  • New Publication: Federico Germani, Sebastian Wäscher and Nikola Biller-Andorno published the article "A CRISPR response to pandemics? Exploring the ethics of genetically engineering the human immune system" in EMBO Reports.

  • Medien: Tanja Krones im Artikel der Zeit Online zur Zukunft von Alters- und Pflegeheimen

  • Medien: Nikola Biller-Andorno im Interview mit der NZZ zur Verteilung unterschiedlich wirksamer Impfstoffe

  • Medien: Tanja Krones äussert sich in der NZZ zur Impfstoffverteilung

  • New Grant: grant approved to foster collaboration between IBME and University of Geneva on pandemic resilience.

  • Medien: Tanja Krones kommt im Tagesanzeiger zur Moralisierung im Zusammenhang mit COVID-19 Massnahmen zu Wort

  • New Publicaton: Mirriam Tyebally Fang and Nikola Biller-Andorno on Human Milk Banking in the Lancet Global Health

  • Medien: Nikola Biller-Andorno auf swissinfo.ch zu Bürgerbeteilung und der PubliCo-Plattform während der Corona-Krise

  • Medien: Tanja Krones kommt im Artikel der Zeit zu den sozioökonomischen Hintergründen der COVID-19 Pandemie zu Wort

  • New Publication: Johannes Katsarov, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Tobias Eichinger, David Schmocker and Markus Christen published "uMed: Your Choice—Conception of a Digital Game to Enhance Medical Ethics Training"

  • Medien: Daniel Binswanger interviewt Tanja Krones zur Situation und zum Umgang mit COVID-19

  • Medien: Thomas Kapitza und Nikola Biller-Andorno in der NZZ zum Thema Spitalgovernance und Ethik

  • Medien: Nikola Biller-Andorno im Interview mit SRF zum Thema: "Lassen wir ältere Menschen aus Bequemlichkeit sterben?"

  • New Publication: Tania Manríquez Roa and Nikola Biller-Andorno published "Going first: the ethics of vaccine self-experimentation in coronavirus times"

  • Invitation to Forum on Ethics and Self-Experimentation in Times of Covid-19

  • New Publication: Susanne Jöbges, Rasita Vinay, Valeria Luyckx and Nikola Biller published «Recommendations on COVID‐19 triage: international comparison and ethical analysis»

  • New Publication: Supriya Subramani published Moral habitus: An approach to understanding embedded disrespectful practices in Developing World Bioethics.

  • Medien: Tanja Krones äussert sich in der NZZ am Sonntag zur Behandlung von an Demenz erkrankten Menschen

  • Neues Projekt: Patientennarrative in der medizinischen Ausbildung

  • Conference: Ning Wang presented at the 2020 IEEE ISTAS conference

  • Essay-Wettbewerb: Premio Pusterla Senior 2021

  • Neues Buch des Lehrbeauftragten Jürg Knessl: «Der Chef oder Der Weg des Chirurgen»

  • Covid19: IBME and FLACSO Argentina collaborate on project funded by the World Health Organization

  • New Publication: Joelle Robertson-Preidler, Nikola Biller-Andorno published "Mental Health Care Funding Systems and their Impact on Access to Psychotherapy"

  • New Project: „With us about us. Patient narratives as co-production – a contribution to research on participation“

  • Covid19: Supriya Subramani interviews Dr. Usha Sriram in this Podcast

  • Medien: Nikola Biller-Andorno äussert sich im Tagesanzeiger zum Thema Organspende.

  • Covid19: New Project Grant from ETH Zurich and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation

  • New Grant: Leading House Grant for cooperation with Russian Universities

  • Medien: Tanja Krones in der Republik zum Thema Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Frau und Schutz ungeborenen Lebens

  • New Publication: Tobias Eichinger published "Psychotherapy Ethics in Film"

  • Die Schweizerische Ärztezeitung hat alle Finaltexte des Premio Pusterla 2020 sowie einen Bericht über die Veranstaltung veröffentlicht

  • PhD positions in the fields of Social Anthropology, Science of Religion and History of Medicine in subproject «Ethnography of Human Reproduction and Single Case Studies in Threshold Areas» 60 %

  • Ning Wang published: “We Live on Hope…”: Ethical Considerations of Humanitarian Use of Drones in Post-Disaster Nepal

  • Ning Wang received the Latin American Leading House Grant

    PhD candidate Ning Wang is awarded the 2020 Mobility Grant by the Leading House for the Latin Region.

  • Stehr Boldt Fellowship: Visiting Scholar Jackline Mwangi

  • Pre-Semester Mountain Hike

  • Health in a Digital Society: More power to the people?

    The challenge area health of the Digital Society Initiative organizes a lecture series on digital health targeting the end-users, this Autumn.

  • Chapter on "Dignity in Psychotherapy" for the Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics

    Roberto Andorno has authored a chapter on "Dignity in Psychotherapy" for the Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics (eds. Manuel Trachsel, Jens Gaab, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Serife Tekin and John Z. Sadler).

  • Supriya Subramani interviews Valerie Luyckx on the Subject of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Covid-19

  • Settimio Monteverde spricht über den Lockdown in Pflegeeinrichtungen

  • Tanja Krones, Gabriele Meyer and Settimio Monteverde published: «Medicine is a social science: COVID-19 and the tragedy of residential care facilities in high-income countries»

  • Zoom Workshop: "Reflexity in Bioethical Research" 30.10 & 11.11

  • Roberto Andorno was interviewed about bioethics by Zakon legal journal (Russia)

    Alexander Vereshchagin, Editor-in-Chief of “Zakon”, a prominent legal journal in Russia, recently interviewed Roberto Andorno, discussing about surrogate motherhood and about current issues in bioethics.

  • SRF 4 News aktuell: Interview mit Nikola Biller-Andorno

  • COVID-19 and the ethics of quarantine: a lesson from the Eyam plague

    Giovanni Spitale published a new paper in Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy on the ethical aspects of quarantine ethics.

  • Eleonora Viganò’s paper accepted at the 10th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP 10)

  • Vernissage & Podium: «Jedem seinen eigenen Tod»

  • Eleonora Viganò got a book contract with Routledge for the monograph «Moral Choices for Our Future Selves: A Moral and Empirical Theory of Prudence»

  • Michele Loi, Eleonora Viganò, and Lonneke van der Plas’ conference paper accepted at the «International Conference on Computational Creativity»

  • Two seed grants of the Participatory Science Academy (UZH/ETH) awarded to IBME teams

    Two seed grants of the Participatory Science Academy (UZH/ETH) awarded to IBME teams.

    The funding will allow to pursue the following citizen science projects:

    "Mit uns über uns. Patientennarrative als Co-Produktion – ein Beitrag zur Forschung über Partizipation" (Nikola Biller-Andorno, Karin Seiler, Andrea Glässel, Bettina Schwind)

    "Digitale Gesundheit aus der Sicht junger Menschen – Partizipativer Action Research zu Chancen, Risiken und neue Umgangsformen" (Jürg Streuli)

  • Shared decision making: patients have a right to be informed about possible treatment options and their risks and benefits

    Ana Rosca, Tanja Krones and Nikola Biller-Andorno published in Swiss Medical Weekly a viewpoint on shared decision making. 

  • Making sense in the flood. How to cope with the massive flow of digital information in medical ethics

    Giovanni Spitale published a new paper on the (over)proliferation of academic publications and the impossibility of keeping the pace with new literature. The article discusses the issue and presents a set of easily usable methodological strategies to cope with the flood. 

  • Johannes Willi: The Truth About Pain

    In 2019 artist Johannes Willi spent six months researching and developing an artistic project on the topic of chronic pain in exchange with scientists, caregivers and patients. His residency was curated and organised by the artists-in-labs program and conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine and the Centre for Pain Medicine Nottwil (Swiss Paraplegic Centre). 

  • DIPEx.ch becomes member of Health Literacy Network Germany – DNGK

    dipex.ch, a project by IBME UZH and ZHAW, has become part of the German DNGK network, improving further its contribution to the development of quality standards for patient stories. 

  • The Passive Patient: Culture of Disrespect in Law and Medicine

    Supriya Subramani, Postdoctoral Fellow (ESKAS Scholar) at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, is writing a monograph on the culture of disrespect in law and medicine for Routledge. 

  • The Ethical Use of Telepsychiatry in the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Julia Stoll, John Z. Sadler and Manuel Trachsel published a new article on telepsychiatry ethics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • IBME researcher and clinical ethicist Settimio Monteverde launches call for urgent reflection about ethical isolation policies in nursing homes in the case of a „second wave“ of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Meet the Author: Oliver Bennett, Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick, UK, and Founding Editor of the International Journal of Cultural Policy

    In the spring term the Institute’s book club read Oliver Bennett’s Cultures of Optimism. The Institutional promotion of hope. (London: Palgrave Macmillan
    2015). We invite you to meet the author and discuss his book.

  • Manuel Trachsel received the 2020 Mark S. Ehrenreich Global Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research

    Manuel Trachsel is the recipient of the 2020 Mark S. Ehrenreich Global Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research presented by the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, University of Southern California, at the 15th World Congress of Bioethics, June 2020. Prof. Ralf J. Jox (University of Lausanne) has contributed to the selected paper as a second author. Congratulations!

  • «We Live on Hope» – The Ethics of Using Drones in Post-Disaster Nepal

    On the 25 June, from 7PM to 8PM CEST (UTC+2) Ning Wang will present and discuss online her work on the humanitarian use of drones in post-disaster Nepal. The talk is organized and hosted by the Swiss think tank Reatch.

  • Little Acts of Disrespect: Why Micro-Inequities Matters to Bioethics?

    In this talk, hosted by the Institute of Medical Ethics, History and Philosophy of Medicine (EGTM Kolloquium), University of Munster, Supriya Subramani will describe the moral significance of micro-inequities in the context of bioethics debates.

  • Opinion: Science Alone Can’t Solve Covid-19. The Humanities Must Help.

    Anna Elsner and Vanessa Rampton have published an opinion piece in Undark Magazine, published through the Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about the role of humanities research in shaping responses to the COVID-19 pandemic:  https://undark.org/2020/06/04/covid-19-humanities/

  • CfP: Pandemien in der Populärkultur

    Hrsg.: Eugen Pfister, Tobias Eichinger, Arno Goergen

    Wofür? Sammelband zur Topografie des popkulturellen Wissens um Pandemien und deren Verknüpfungen mit der Covid-19-Pandemie

    Was? Beiträge aus dem Bereich der Kultur- und Geschichtswissenschaften, der Kunst-, Film- und Medienwissenschaften, der Medical Humanities, der Medizingeschichte, der Politik- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften, der Public Health und der Medien- und Medizinphilosophie, die sich dem Thema auf theoretischer, historischer wie auch phänomenologischer Ebene nähern. 

  • IBME receives SNF funding to develop PubliCo, an experimental online platform for COVID-19 related public perception

    An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the DSI, the Collegium Helveticum, the IBME, and the SwissTPH has come together to develop an experimental, interactive online platform that helps tackle the “infodemic” manifested in the COVID-19 context, with a focus on a nuanced and in-depth understanding of public perception.

  • Anna Elsner elected as a member of the Swiss Young Academy

    Anna Elsner has been elected as a member of the Swiss Young Academy. 

    The Swiss Young Academy gives young researchers the opportunity to carry out inter- and transdisciplinary projects. With their dedication and contributions, members pursue the early identification of challenges facing society, provide solutions for these challenges, and foster a dialogue between science and society.

  • Authorization of animal research projects – a comparison of harm concepts in the Swiss Animal Welfare Act and the European Directive 2010/63/EU

    Matthias Eggel published a new paper on authorization of animal research projects in "Vetline.de".

  • Ethics guidelines on COVID-19 triage - an emerging international consensus

    Susanne Joebges and Nikola Biller-Andorno published in "Critical Care" a paper reviewing international guidelines on the triage of COVID-19 patients.

  • The price of hope: expensive drugs for rare diseases

    There are about 8000 so-called "rare diseases". About seven percent of the population is affected. The problem is that often there are no drugs, or that the "orphan drugs" are very expensive. This development raises ethical questions for society: Who decides who gets such costly treatments? And who pays?

    Nikola Biller Androrno discussed this issue on NZZ Format. 

  • Ning Wang awarded the GRC Travel Grants

    PhD candidate Ning Wang is awarded the Graduate Campus (GRC) Travel Grants by the University of Zurich. The GRC Travel Grants support short research stays of UZH junior researchers at other research institutes, or fieldwork carried out for their research.

  • New book chapter on health research and human rights by Roberto Andorno

    Roberto Andorno coauthored with Andrés Constantin a chapter on "Human Subjects in Globalized Health Research" for the book Foundations of Global Health & Human Rights

  • Cybersecurity of critical infrastructure

  • Salience of effective public communication and transparency during Covid-19

    Supriya Subramani, postdoctoral fellow at the IBME, recently published an article on the blog of HEaL Institute & IJME discussing public communication strategies, transparency and inclusivity during the Covid-19 epidemic.

  • Writing and reading in times of Corona

    How does everyday medical life influence literary creation? And how do the works of authors affect our perception of medicine? Using French literature as an example, literary scholar Anna Elsner is investigating these phenomena, which are of particular interest in times of corona.

  • Leben und Sterben in Zeiten der Seuche. Artikel von Nina Streeck über ethische Fragen der Triage

    Die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus könnte dazu führen, dass die Betten auf den Intensivstationen und die Beatmungsgeräte knapp werden. In diesem Fall müssten die Behandlungsteams eine Triage durchführen und entscheiden, welche Patienten die Intensivtherapie erhalten.

  • Buchpublikation von Nina Streeck: Jedem seinen eigenen Tod. Authentizität als ethisches Ideal am Lebensende

    Das Sterben wird längst nicht mehr verdrängt und verschwiegen, es gehört vielmehr zu den ausgiebig erörterten Themen unserer Zeit. Viele Debatten ranken sich um Sterbehilfe und um die Frage, was einen guten Tod ausmacht.

  • New paper by Supriya Subramani: The Social Construction of Incompetency: Moving Beyond Embedded Paternalism Toward the Practice of Respect.

    This article illustrates the less-acknowledged social construction of the concept of ‘incompetency’ and draws attention to the moral concerns it raises in health care encounters in the south Indian city of Chennai. Based on data drawn from qualitative research, this study suggests that surgeons subjectively construct the idea of incompetency through their understanding of the perceived circumstantial characteristics of the patients and family members they serve.

  • Two PhD positions at IBME

    PhD-Position at the IBME
    70-100% 

    Intersex: New Interdisciplinary Approaches (INIA) Training Network
    Role, dissemination and impact of clinical ethics in multidisciplinary teams on intersex in Europe

  • IBME Team publishes systematic review on web-based patient narratives.

    Patient narratives seem to be a promising means to support users in improving their understanding of certain health conditions and possibly to provide emotional support and have an impact on behavioral changes.

  • Postponed: deadline for Premio Pusterla Senior

    Due to the actual situation with the Covid19 epidemic, the deadline for submission for Premio Pusterla 2020 has been postponed to April the 15th. 

  • Palliative Care and Grief Counseling in Peri- and Neonatology: Recommendations From the German PaluTiN Group

    A new paper by Lars Garten, Marcel Globisch, Kerstin von der Hude, Karin Jäkel, Kathrin Knochel, Tanja Krones, Tatjana Nicin, Franziska Offermann, Monika Schindler, Uwe Schneider, Beatrix Schubert, Thomas Strahleck and the PaluTiN Group has recently been published in Frontiers in Pediatrics, section Neonatology. 

  • "Vulnerable Patients in Acute Hospital" - a Clinical Ethics Project at the University Hospital Zurich

    Origin, age or cognitive impairment should not be an obstacle to quality hospital treatment. However, the reality is often different. Due to special needs, some groups of patients may be particularly vulnerable in acute hospitals. 
    What does equal health opportunity mean for these patients? And how can professionals identify and address the needs of vulnerable people?

  • Striving for the ideal human being - film and conversation

    On Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 6 pm, the Data Protection Commissioner will show the thriller "Life Guidance" exclusively in Switzerland at the Kosmos cinema. Afterward, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Professor of Biomedical Ethics, and the director Ruth Mader will discuss under the direction of Simon Jacoby, publisher and journalist of tsri.ch: The optimization of the human being through the use of apps, wearables, and other tools is progressing. Why shouldn't it? What is so problematic about striving for the ideal human being?

  • New book chapter on genetics and human rights by Roberto Andorno

    Roberto Andorno contributed with a chapter on "The relevance of human rights for dealing with the challenges posed by genetics" to the book The Cambridge Handbook of New Human Rights. Recognition, Novelty, Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

  • 2nd Annual Meeting of the EU INTEGRITY Project in Vilnius

    Between 29 and 30 January 2020, Roberto Andorno and Johannes Katsarov attended the annual meeting of the EU INTEGRITY Project in Vilnius, Lithuania. They presented the results of the survey conducted with teachers of research integrity in 21 European countries, and the ongoing literature review on the methods and tools used for the teaching of research integrity.

  • New paper by Roberto Andorno, Mirriam Tyebally Fang et al.: “Geneva Statement on Heritable Human Genome Editing: The Need for Course Correction”

    The Statement, published in Trends in Biotechnology on January 31, 2020, originated at a Workshop at the Brocher Foundation co-organized by Roberto Andorno and Marcy Darnovsky (Center for Genetics and Society, Berkeley, Cal.) in January 2019.

  • NBA on PULS

    Nikola Biller-Andorno in SRF Puls on conflicts of interest in the development of medical guidelines

    Medical guidelines should ensure that patients are treated correctly and equally. But "pulse" research shows Conflicts of interest often arise during the development and adaptation process. Nikola Biller Andorno contributes her viewpoint on the topic.

  • New paper by Matthias Eggel, Carolyn Neuhaus and Herwig Grimm: Reevaluating Benefits in the Moral Justification of Animal Research: A Comment on “Necessary Conditions for Morally Responsible Animal Research”

    The purpose of this commentary is to critique the first condition of morally responsible animal research proposed by David DeGrazia and Jeff Sebo in their recent paper: the assertion (or expectation) of sufficient net benefit (ASNB). Although in theory the production of benefits is a necessary condition of morally responsible animal research, the authors point out problems with how ASNB could be—and often is—operationalized in the prospective assessment of animal research studies.

  • New Paper by Ning Wang: “A Successful Story that Can Be Sold”? A Case Study of Humanitarian Use of Drones

    Increasingly, humanitarian organizations across the globe have been implementing innovative technologies in their practice as they respond to the needs of communities affected by conflicts, disasters, and public health emergencies. However, technological innovation may intersect with moral values, norms, and commitments, and may challenge humanitarian imperatives. 

  • Serious moral games: at the end, the patient wins

    A research team at the University of Zurich is developing video games to help people identify moral problems. The SRF recently interviewed Markus Christen and Johannes Katsarov on the meaning, scenarios and possible applications of their "Serious Moral Games".

  • New paper by Gramm J., Trachsel M. and Berthold D.: Psychotherapeutic Work in Palliative Care

    Gramm J., Trachsel M. and Berthold D. published a new paper in Verhaltenstherapie on the possible psychological and psychotherapeutic interventions in palliative care.

  • New paper by Manuel Trachsel and Martin Grosse Holtforth: How to Strengthen Patients’ Meaning Response by an Ethical Informed Consent in Psychotherapy

    Manuel Trachsel and Martin Grosse Holtforth published a new paper in Frontiers in Psychology on informed consent in psychotherapy as a means to foster the patient’s meaning response.

  • New paper by Yahel E. Appenzeller, Paul S. Appelbaum and Manuel Trachsel: Ethical and Practical Issues in Video Surveillance of Psychiatric Units

    Yahel E. Appenzeller, Paul S. Appelbaum and Manuel Trachsel published a new paper in Psychiatric Services, reviewing the ethical and practical issues in video surveillance of psychiatric units.

  • New paper by Matthias Eggel and Rebecca L. Walker: From Mice to Monkeys? Beyond Orthodox Approaches to the Ethics of Animal Model Choice

    New tools, allowing scientists to make precise changes to mammal genomes, have made possible future increased use of larger mammals in biomedical research, such as primates, pigs, and dogs. This paper addresses ethical issues that are raised by using larger mammals instead of smaller ones in this research.

  • New paper by Anna Magdalena Elsner in Literature and Medicine: Beyond Medical Paternalism: Undoing the Doctor-Patient Relationship in Simone de Beauvoir’s A Very Easy Death

    Anna Magdalena Elsner published a new paper in Literature and Medicine investigating the doctor-patient relationship in Simone de Beauvoir’s A Very Easy Death.

  • New paper by Supriya Subramani: The Rhetoric of the ‘Passive Patient’ in Indian Medical Negligence Cases

    Supriya Subramani, Postdoctoral Fellow (ESKAS Scholar) at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, just published a new paper in Asian Bioethics Review on the rhetoric of the "passive patient" in Indian medical negligence cases. This paper was also awarded ABR Young Scholar Award.

  • Ning Wang presented at the 2019 IEEE ISTAS conference

    PhD candidate Ning Wang presented a paper at the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), on 15-16 November 2019, in Boston, USA. The presentation was the outcome of a three-week field study in rural Nepal, where local population’s livelihood was affected by the 2015 earthquake, and where drones were used in assisting disaster relief work.

  • Ethical considerations for health policy and systems research

    Valerie Luyckx and Nikola Biller-Andorno contributed to "Ethical considerations for health policy and systems research", a publication from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (WHO) with the Global Health Ethics Unit (WHO).

  • Course on Humanitarian Health Ethics & Expert Group Discussion at IBME

    The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich hosted a course on Humanitarian Health Ethics and an Expert Group Discussion last November 25-26, 2019. The course was organized by alumnus Dr. Caroline Clarinval (World Health Organization (WHO), Health Emergencies Program) and conducted by herself and Dr. Ali Okhowat (WHO/Humanitarian Innovation Fund). PhD students, humanitarian health practitioners from the WHO, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and external participants with an interest in the topic attended the course.

  • di2019

    DIPEx International Meeting 2019

    DIPEx International Meeting 2019 in Eynsham Hall, Oxford from 19-22 November 2019.

    The Swiss DIPEx team took part in the DIPEx international meeting. This year's meeting focused on the exchange, updates, collaborations and new visions for the further development of the largest narrative platform on health and disease experiences of 14 partners and two candidate countries.

  • Stehr Boldt Fellowship Award in Biomedical Ethics - Call for applications

    The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Stehr-Boldt Fellowship Award in Biomedical Ethics.

    The call is open to young and established researchers from any country and discipline who are engaged in research on biomedical ethics, in particular on issues relating to health policy and public health.
     

  • Moral and Vocational Dilemmas Meet the Common Currency Hypothesis: a Contribution to Value Commensurability

  • In AI we trust incrementally. A multi-layer model of trust to analyze human-artificial intelligence interactions

  • Ning Wang invited to speak at the World Economic Forum

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno publishes in the New England Journal of Medicine on the ethics of using AI to predict patient preferences

    A new paper by Nikola Biller-Andorno and Armin Biller on the use of algorithms to predict patient preferences has recently been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno elected as member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

    Nikola Biller-Andorno elected as member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. 

  • IBME affiliate Dr. Susanne Brauer takes up the position of curator of the «Old Anatomy – Forum for Medicine & Society»

    IBME affiliate Dr. Susanne Brauer takes up the position of curator of the «Old Anatomy – Forum for Medicine & Society» (Kuratorin der «Alten Anatomie – Forum für Medizin & Gesellschaft»)
     

  • milk banking meeting

    IBME organizes the WHO co-sponsored "International Expert Consultation on the Donation and Use of Human Milk", Zurich July 8-9, 2019.

    Global experts met in the Kameha Grand Hotel to discuss the need of global guidance for the provision, storage, use and distribution of human milk.

  • Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno Comment on Healthdata, NZZ 5.9.2019

    Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno wrote a guestcomment on the collection of healthdata, published in NZZ, 5.9.2019

  • CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Empowerment and Decision-Making at the End of Life. An interdisciplinary workshop for doctoral candidates

    This half-day workshop on 24 October 2019 (9.15-12.45) is part of the conference „Die Macht des Patienten“ (The Power of the Patient), which will take place in Berne in the afternoon of the same day (13.30-17.30). Venue: University of Bern, University Main Building (Hochschulstrasse 4), room 028.

  • No Pain, No Gain? In Defence of Genetically Disenhancing (Most) Research Animals

    New paper in "Animals" by Matthias Eggel and Katrien Devolder on animal ethics research and genetic disenhancement.

  • Professionals in Food Chains

    Matthias Eggel co-edited a special issue of the journal "Food Ethics" dedicated to the role of professionals in food chains.

  • Replacement or Reduction of Gene-Edited Animals in Biomedical Research: A Comparative Ethics and Policy Analysis

    New paper in "North Carolina Law Review" by Matthias Eggel and Rebecca L. Walker on animal research ethics.

     

  • How to Strengthen Patients’ Meaning Response by an Ethical Informed Consent in Psychotherapy

    A new paper by Manuel Trachsel and Martin grosse Holtforth about informed consent in psychotherapy has recently been published in Frontiers in Psychology.

  • "Ethical tensions of virtual reality treatment in vulnerable patients". A new paper in Nature Medicine by Philipp Kellmeyer, Nikola Biller-Andorno & Gerben Meynen

    Emerging virtual reality systems offer intriguing therapeutic possibilities, but their development and use should be guided by ethical priorities that account for the specific vulnerabilities of patients.

  • "I would find it charming if a robot would tell me a joke while putting on my stockings".

    Professor Nikola Biller-Andorno recently gave an interview about nursing robots on NZZ. Nursing robots are no substitute for social contacts; however, technological solutions can support older people, as she says in the interview.

  • Ning Wang invited to be a visiting scholar at the Hastings/Yale joint program in fall 2019

    PhD candidate Ning Wang was invited to be a visiting scholar at the distinguished Yale-Hastings Joint Program in Ethics and Health Policy in the USA, in fall 2019. During her research visit at the Hastings and Yale, Ning Wang plans to focus on the development of upcoming publications, benefiting from the rich research resources at both institutions.

  • Text Analytics Workshop by the DSI Challenge Area Health

    We are pleased to invite you to a 2-day UZH Digital Society Initiative (DSI) Workshop on “Text Analytics for Health: Applications and Implications”. The DSI aims to bring together researchers from multiple scientific fields to reflect on as well as shape the digitalization of our society.

  • Giovanni Spitale received a grant from Krebsforschung Schweiz for a research project on adolescents and young adults with a hemato-oncological disease

    Krebsforschung Schweiz is supporting with a generous grant the research work of Giovanni Spitale on the experiences of adolescents and young adults with a hemato-oncological disease.

  • Ensuring ethical conduct of implementation research: new WHO training course on implementation research co-authored by Valerie Luyckx

    Today, TDR and WHO launched a new training course on ethics in implementation research to ensure appropriate engagement with research subjects and relevant communities and to safeguard against any potential harm.

  • Humanitarian ethics framework by Clarinval and Biller-Andorno used for Johns Hopkins report

    A framework created by former PhD student Caroline Clarinval (WHO office, Kiev, Ukraine) has unfolded considerable impact: it has recently been used for the Handbook for Ethical Decision-making in Humanitarian Health in Situations of Extreme Violence, and in several reports. 

  • Ning Wang invited to hold a seminar at University of Tokyo

    PhD candidate Ning Wang was invited to hold a seminar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law (CBEL), in the University of Tokyo, Japan. During the seminar, Ning and researches at UT-CBEL had a fruitful scholarly discussion on the notion "Value Sensitive Humanitarian Innovation”, with a focus on a recent field study in rural Nepal on using drones as a mapping tool for post-disaster reconstruction purposes after the 2015 earthquake.

  • Attitudes toward assisted suicide requests in the context of severe and persistent mental illness: A survey of psychiatrists in Switzerland

    New paper on Palliative & Supportive Care by Martina A. Hodel, Paul Hoff, Scott A. Irwin, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Florian Riese and Manuel Trachsel.

  • The official website of the DIPEx Switzerland research group is online and publicly accessible

    DIPEx.ch, the official website of the DIPEx Switzerland research group, is now online and publicly accesible. On DIPEx.ch you will find patients’ stories illustrated by video and audio extracts from interviews with patients alongside commentary and contextual information on the health issue.

  • The notion of free will and its ethical relevance for decision-making capacity

    A new paper by Tobias Zürcher, Bernice Elger and Manuel Trachsel has just been published on BMC Medical Ethics. 

  • Acceptability of palliative care approaches for patients with severe and persistent mental illness: a survey of psychiatrists in Switzerland

    A new paper by Manuel Trachsel, Martina A. Hodel, Scott A. Irwin, Paul Hoff, Nikola Biller-Andorno and Florian Riese has just been published on BMC Psychiatry. 

  • Ning Wang invited to give a talk at Medair headquarters in Lausanne

    PhD candidate Ning Wang was invited to give a talk at Medair headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland,  on "Value Sensitive Humanitarian Innovation".

  • Premio Pusterla 2019

    Public finale and awarding of the second essay competition for medical students of the University of Zurich in the 1st academic year and physicians working in Switzerland.

  • Artists in Labs and The Persistence of Memory. Dementia and Digital Aid Tools for Decision-making in Health-Care

    IBME, in cooperation with ZHdK (Zurich University of the Arts) and IRME (Institute for Regenerative Medicine, UZH), has been awarded a generous grant from the Velux Stiftung, in order to support two artistic residencies of six months. The artists will join efforts with researchers and come up with fresh perspectives on the topics of memory, dementia, and digital aid tools to support decision making.

  • EU integrity kickoff meeting

    Kick-Off Meeting of the EU INTEGRITY Project in Utrecht

    Roberto Andorno attended on 13 and 14 February 2019 in Utrecht the Kick-Off Meeting of the INTEGRITY Project, which is funded by the EU Commission within the Horizon 2020 Programme. 

  • Enhancing Toward the Last Universal Common Descendant

    New publication by IBME's affiliate Johann Roduit

  • IBME researcher to investigate clinical ethics support services and their effects on coercive measures in psychiatry

    PD Dr. med. Dr. phil. Manuel Trachsel has obtained a grant by the Käthe-Zingg-Schwichtenberg foundation of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS)

  • “Engineering Future Generations?” International Workshop on Germline Gene Editing at the Brocher Foundation

    Between 14 and 16 January took place the Workshop “Engineering Future Generations? The New Debate about Societal Governance, Public Engagement, and Human Gene Editing for Reproduction” at the Brocher Foundation, near Geneva, with the participation of 24 experts from different countries.

  • IBME researchers to investigate coercive measures in intensive care

    Together with colleagues PD Dr. Rouven Porz (Clinical Ethics, Inselspital Bern) and Prof. Bara Ricou (Intensive Care, Hospital Universitaire Genève), IBME Director Nikola Biller-Andorno has obtained a grant by the Käthe-Zingg-Schwichtenberg that will allow the team to explore the potential for improvement of the application of coercive measures in intensive care through patient-experience based research. Co-design Collaborators are Prof. Christoph A. Meier (Medical Director, University Hospital Basel), Prof. Paul Hoff (Deputy Head of Department, Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich) and lic. iur. Barbara Züst (Managing Director, SPO-Patientenschutz). 

  • What to do if it is unclear whether a patient can decide for himself or herself?

    The ability to judge is a basic prerequisite for patients to consent to medical treatment. The decision as to whether someone is able to judge or not therefore has far-reaching consequences. However, healthcare professionals often feel insecure when they need to clarify their judgement. The SAMS has drawn up medical-ethical guidelines to assist the practice.
     

  • New publication by Sarah Steinau and Nikola Biller-Andorno in Frontiers in Psychiatry, section Forensic Psychiatry.

    Sarah Steinau and Nikola Biller-Andorno published a new article called „Conflicting Priorities Between Risk Management and Treatment of Schizophrenia in Swiss Forensic Services—A Case Report.“   

    The publication is part of the Frontiers in Psychiatry’s research topic „Caring for Those Who are Neglected and Forgotten: Psychiatry in Prison Environments“. It was written in a joint cooperation with the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich.

  • Questioning the Questionnaire: Methodological Challenges in Measuring Subjective Quality of Life in Nursing Homes Using Cognitive Interviewing Techniques

    New paper by Roger Meyer, Daniel Drewniak, Torsten Hovorka and Liane Schenk.

  • "Two concepts of group privacy" by Michele Loi and Markus Christen accepted at Computer, Privacy and Data Protection Conference 2019

    The relevant notion of group privacy is one of inferential privacy. We provide reasons for being skeptical that the interest in inferential privacy should be protected by a right (either of individuals or groups) and show that it is especially implausible to conceive such right as a group right in the strong sense.

  • The Digital Phenotype: a Philosophical and Ethical Exploration. New paper by Michele Loi

    This paper conceptualizes digital data as an extended phenotype of humans, that is as digital information produced by humans and affecting human behavior and culture. It argues that there are ethical obligations to persons affected by generalizable knowledge of a digital phenotype, not only those who are personally identifiable or involved in data generation. 

  • A Moral Framework for Understanding of Fair ML through Economic Models of Equality of Opportunity

    New publication by Hoda Heidari, Michele Loi, Krishna P. Gummadi, Andreas Krause accepted at ACM FAT* 2019 Conference

  • The Standard Account of Moral Distress and Why We Should Keep It - New paper by Joan McCarthy and Settimio Monteverde

    In the last three decades, considerable theoretical and empirical research has been undertaken on the topic of moral distress among health professionals. Understood as a psychological and emotional response to the experience of moral wrongdoing, there is evidence to suggest that—if unaddressed—it contributes to staff demoralization, desensitization and burnout and, ultimately, to lower standards of patient safety and quality of care. However, more recently, the concept of moral distress has been subjected to important criticisms.

  • New publication by Ineichen, Shepherd and Sürücü on "Understanding the Effects and Adverse Reactions of Deep Brain Stimulation: Is It Time for a Paradigm Shift Toward a Focus on Heterogenous Biophysical Tissue Properties Instead of Electrode Design Only?". Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been proven to be an effective treatment modality for various late-stage neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, knowledge on the electrical field distribution in the brain tissue is still scarce.

  • IBME DIPEx team attending the Dipex International annual meeting

    Our colleagues engaged in DIPEx.ch have attended the Dipex International meeting at Ameland, in the Netherlands.

  • Machteld van den Berg wins the SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk at the Swiss Public Health Conference in Neuchâtel on 7 November 2018

    Machteld van den Berg has won the 2018 Swiss School of Public Health ScienceFlashTalk Award at the Swiss Public Health Conference in Neuchâtel on 7 November 2018. 

  • Ning Wang is awarded the SNF Doc.Mobility Fellowship

    PhD candidate Ning Wang is awarded the SNF Doc.Mobility Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation. 

  • Roberto Andorno as a speaker at a Web Seminar on Gene Editing and Human Rights

    On 4 October 2018, Roberto Andorno participated in a Web Seminar on “Gene Editing and Human Rights”, jointly organized by the Center for Genetics and Society (Berkeley, CA) and OpenGlobalRights (University of Minnesota).

    The video and transcript of the event are available here

  • ‘Je souffre donc je suis’: Dolorisme, Morphine and the Medico-Literary Resistance to Palliative Care in France

    Anna Magdalena Elsner is giving a keynote lecture entitled ‘Je souffre donc je suis’: Dolorisme, Morphine and the Medico-Literary Resistance to Palliative Care in France’ at the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

  • Anna Magdalena Elsner presenting a paper at Cultural Crossings of Care Conference, University of Oslo

     Keynotes will be given by Julia Kristeva, Brian Hurwitz, Trisha Greenhalgh and Marie-Rose Moro. Anna Magdalena Elsner will give a paper entitled 'Ruwen Agien and the spectre of dolorism haunting the Medical Humanities'.

  • Ning Wang invited as a panelist by Swissnex Boston

    Ning Wang was invited to a panel discussion on "Aerial Humanitarians: Drones and Disaster Response" by Swissnex Boston. The panel was part of Swissnex Boston's event Aerial Futures: the Drone Frontier during the 2018 HUBweek in Boston, USA.

  • DIPEx Training at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine

    For the second time, the Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) of the University of Zurich was able to offer a specific training course for the development of the Swiss database DIPEx.ch - Database of Individual Patient Experiences.

  • New publication on organ donation by Christen and Gloor: Ethical relevance and factual deficiencies in the communication of specifics of DCDD (in German).

    M. Christen and M. Gloor have published in Ethik in der Medizin a new paper on organ donation after circulatory determination of death.

  • IBME received a grant from the UZH North-South collaboration

    Nikola Biller-Andorno and Valerie Luyckx together with Sonja Hartnack, Vetsuisse, obtained a grant from the UZH North-South collaboration to continue their work with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. 

  • IBME elected as member of the board of EACME

    The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine has been elected as a member of the board of EACME

    EACME, in full the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics, was founded in the early 1980s by a small group of theologians, philosophers and medical doctors who were involved in the new discipline of medical ethics or, as it is now often called, bioethics. 

  • Research grant approved for the project on integrating ethical values in the humanitarian use of drones

    The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) granted two-year funding to a research project conducted by researchers at the IBME and McGill - Ning WangDr. Markus Christen, and Prof. Matthew Hunt.

  • Project on the teaching of scientific integrity approved by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 Programme)

    A Project on the teaching of scientific integrity submitted by a consortium of European universities, including the University of Zurich, will be funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 Programme). 

  • Tanja Krones appointed as member of the National Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK/CNE)

    On the 1st July 2018, Prof. Tanja Krones was appointed member of the Swiss National Commission on Biomedical Ethics.

    The mission of the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics is to provide information on the state of medical research, to identify the social options and ethical issues of biotechnology in the medical area, and to contribute to the development of comprehensive ethical opinions.

  • Dr Philipp Kellmeyer publishes paper in Science Robotics

    Together with colleagues from Freiburg and Israel Dr Philipp Kellmeyer has published a paper in Science Robotics with the title "Social robots in rehabilitation: A question of trust".

  • Health governance in the public interest? WHO redefines conflicts of interest and risks undermining public health mandates.

    Judith Richter, Affiliate of the IBME, has been Scientific Organizer and Speaker at the conference.

  • Assisted dying on the basis of suffering from mental illness

    Martina Hodel presented a paper at the seminar for graduate and early career papers on ethics and psychiatry at the 'Mind, Medicine and Morals' conference in Oxford.

  • Registration now open for interdisciplinary workshop (in German): Krankheits- und Gesundheitsnarrative in der Forschung: Ein interdisziplinärer Workshop

    Krankheits- und Gesundheitsnarrative in der Forschung: Ein interdisziplinärer Workshop vom 11.-12. Oktober 2018

  • Neuroethics calls for short commentaries or full papers on the latest publication by Gilbert, Viana and Ineichen.

    Deflating the “Deep brain stimulation causes personality changes” bubble? Examining possible ethics hype emerging from controversial evidence. CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 1 st, 2019

  • Lecture series: Contemporary issues in Psychiatric Ethics

    This lecture series aims at providing a platform for such contemporary issues of psychiatric ethics. At each meeting, a lecture by a guest speaker is held followed by two prepared comments by PhD students on the ground of a previously read paper. 

  • New publication on Neuroethics by Gilbert, Viana and Ineichen: Deflating the "DBS causes personality changes" bubble.

    New publication on Neuroethics by Gilbert, Viana and Ineichen: Deflating the "DBS causes personality changes" bubble.

    F. Gilbert, J. N. M. Viaña and Christian Ineichen have published on Neuroethicsa new paper on Deep Brain Stimulation and personality changes. 

  • IBME awarded the DSI Seed Fund

    IBME awarded the DSI Seed Fund

    The IBME has been successfully awarded a seed fund of CHF 15'000 by the Digital Society Initiative (DSI) at the University of Zurich. This fund application was submitted jointly by the IBME Director Prof. Dr. Nikola Biller-Andorno and PhD candidate Ning Wang.

  • Anna Elsner and Roberto Andorno visited the Pavlov Medical University of Saint Petersburg

    On 30 and 31 May 2018, Anna Elsner and Roberto Andorno visited the Pavlov Medical University of Saint Petersburg to explore possibilities of joint research and cooperation with the University of Zurich.

  • Sarah Steinau is awarded the Graduate Campus Travel Grant

  • Ning Wang awarded the GRC Travel Grants

  • Dr Philipp Kellmeyer at re:publica conference 2018

  • Giovanni Spitale presenting his works at the International book fair of Turin, Italy

  • Roberto Andorno gave a presentation on the right to mental privacy at the University Milano-Bicocca

  • On 19 September 2018, the IBME will host the international workshop "Digital Health and Shared Decision Making"

  • Yolanda Chacón Gámez attended a ceremony presided over by the King and the Queen of Spain

  • New publication by Johann Roduit, Tobias Eichinger, and Walter Glannon: Science fiction and human enhancement: radical life-extension in the movie 'In Time' (2011)

  • New publication by Corine Mouton Dorey et al. on "Patient data and patient rights"

  • Master-Arbeit zum Spiel-basierten Ethik-Training

  • Erste Vergabe des Ethikpreises Premio Pusterla Junior 2018

  • Lehrkredit für Entwicklung eines Videospiels zum Medizinethik-Training bewilligt

  • Johann Roduit wurde in den Bildungs- und Forschungsrat (BFR) des Kantons Wallis berufen

  • New GRC Grant on Human-Machine Interactions awarded to Ning Wang

  • Ning Wang awarded the GRC Travel Grants

  • Interview by Dr Kellmeyer on the responsible use of brain data

  • Master student Driton Gjukaj publishes in Journal of Clinical Ethics, together with Daniel Drewniak and Nikola Biller-Andorno

  • Dr Philipp Kellmeyer receives Bioethics Award

  • Philipp Kellmeyer and colleagues have recently published an article on ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI, in the journal Nature

  • Video Interview of Dr. Anna Elsner on Medical Humanities

  • 2018 International Exploratory Workshop: From Human to Posthuman? Ethical Inquiry

  • Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno will speak at the International Conference marking the 20th anniversary of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention)

  • Machteld van den Berg contributes a piece to the EACME newsletter

  • New publication by Christian Ineichen, Nikola Biller-Andorno and Anna Deplazes-Zemp on "Image of Synthetic Biology and Nanotechnology: A Survey among University Students"

  • Three questions to Dr. Anna Elsner about Medical Humanities

  • New publication: White paper and colourful language: Toward a realistic view of animal research

  • New publication: The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions: Why Harm-Benefit Analysis and Its Emphasis on Practical Benefit Jeopardizes the Credibility of Research.

  • Welcome to our new IBME International Fellow: Giovanni Spitale

  • Values in Psychiatry - Public lectures and interdisciplinary workshop

  • Manuel Trachsel als Redner an der Konferenz "Advance Care Planning (ACP) - Pflicht oder Kür?" am Universitätsspital Bern

  • New research focus on normativity and autonomous intelligent systems 2018/19

  • New published work: "Digital Dust" by Johann Roduit

  • New publication “You Can Only Give Warmth to Your Baby When It’s Too Late” on parental bonding with an extremely premature and dying child

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno im SRF zu forschungsethischen Fragen

  • New published book: "Future-Human.Life". Edited by Vincent Menuz, Johann Roduit, Daniel Roiz, Alexandre Erler, Natalia Stepanova (2017)

  • Martina Hodel hielt einen Vortrag an der LVR-Klinik in Köln zum Thema "Palliative Ansätze in der Psychiatrie: Antithetisch oder komplementär in der Behandlung von schweren chronischen psychischen Störungen".

  • A Workshop proposal on genome editing submitted by Roberto Andorno and Marcy Darnovsky has been selected by the Brocher Foundation

  • New publication by Christian Ineichen and Markus Christen on "Hypo-and Hyperagentic Psychiatric States, Next-Generation Closed-Loop DBS, and the Question of Agency"

  • Registration Open! Medical Humanities Workshop at the University of Basel

  • New paper by Valerie A. Luyckx et. al.: Ethical Challenges in the Provision of Dialysis in Resource-Constrained Environments

  • Manuel Trachsel as speaker at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Assoiciation APA in San Diego

  • Registration for the 2017 Emerging-World Symposium (Nov 23, 2017) is now open!

  • Review of John Harris' book "How to be Good: The Possibility of Moral Enhancement" by Johann Roduit

  • Neuer Artikel: „Das Lebensende gestalten“ von Nina Streeck

  • Joelle Robertson-Preidler started a position as an adjunct philosophy professor teaching health care ethics at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, USA.

  • Anna Magdalena Elsner as invited speaker at the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale University

  • Anna Magdalena Elsner is awarded a SNF Marie Heim-Vögtlin grant held at the Romanische Seminar and the IBME

  • New article by Joelle Robertson-Preidler, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Matthew Anstey, and Alexandra Norrish on approaches to appropriate care policy in Australia, England, and Switzerland

  • Anna Magdalena Elsner publishes monograph Mourning and Creativity in Proust (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

  • New Publication: "Methodological Reflections on the Contribution of Qualitative Research to the Evaluation of Clinical Ethics Support Services" by Sebastian Wäscher et. al.

  • New article by Roberto Andorno and Marcello Ienca: “Towards new human rights in the age of neuroscience and neurotechnology”

  • Anna Magdalena Elsner gives keynote lecture at Oxford University TORCH Conference

  • Nikola Biller-Adorno as invited panelists at the"Trendtage Gesundheit" in Luzern

  • New article: „Alt werden im Paradies“ – Die ethischen Aspekte der Migration von pflegebedürftigen Menschen by Ch. Bally-Zenger, L. Eckenwiler and V. Wild

  • Johann Roduit selected Visiting Fellow of the Brocher Foundation for 2018

  • New publication: Der Umgang mit "second victims" als organisationsethische Aufgabe / The support for second victims as an issue of organizational ethics

  • Artikel von Manuel Trachsel und Daniel Hürlimann im Swiss Medical Forum

  • New publication: “Exploring societal solidarity in the context of extreme prematurity” in Switzerland

  • New publication: "Do attitudes and behavior of health care professionals exacerbate health care disparities among immigrant and ethnic minority groups? An integrative literature review"

  • Valerie Luyckx et al. published a systematic review highlighting the outcomes of patients with end0stage kidney disease in sub-Sahara Africa

  • "Sport as part of the medical humanities – why not?" New Op-ed by Tobias Eichinger and Johann Roduit

  • Special issue of Nursing Ethics on ethical issues in end of life care

  • Anti-doping and the physician’s role: how do we overcome the challenges in elite sport? New entry on the BMJ Blog by Roman Gaehwiler

  • PhD student Machteld van den Berg is selected as the recipience of the Swiss National Science Foundation doctoral research grant (Doc.CH)

  • New publication by Christian Ineichen, Markus Christen and Carmen Tanner on "Measuring value sensitivity in medicine"

  • Neues Buch von Manuel Trachsel und Alexander Noyon

  • New publication by Valerie Luyckx and Nikola Biller-Andorno: Developing the ethics of implementation research in health

  • New publication by Johann Roduit and Roman Gaehwiler: Ethics and enhancement in sport: becoming the fastest (human?) being

  • 'Eloge de la fragilité à l'ère de l'Homme augmenté', new Op-ed by Johann Roduit, published in Le Temps

    New Op-ed by Johann Roduit, published in Le Temps. 

    « A l’ère de l’Homme augmenté, nous assistons à une individualisation des responsabilités et à une diminution de la solidarité entre individus. Pourtant, ce qui fait la force de l’humanité, c’est sa capacité à coopérer, estime Johann Roduit, du Centre d’Humanités Médicales de l’Université de Zurich » (source: Le Temps) 

  • Tobias Eichinger has published two chapters in the edited volume: Seelenkenner Psychoschurken: Psychotherapeuten und Psychiater in Film und Serie

  • Machteld van den Berg receives Canadian Development Research Award

  • New publication 'Sterben, wie man gelebt hat. Die Optimierung des Lebensende' by Nina Streeck

  • New article by Manya Hendriks et al. on the different societal attitudes and values in Switzerland toward shared decision-making for extreme preterm infants

  • 'Précision sur l'immortalité', New Letter to the Editor published in Le Temps by Johann Roduit

  • New research project: does the expectation of finding practical benefits erode the notion of trustworthiness, when doing research?

  • New Letter to Editor in JAMA by Martina Andrea Hodel and Manuel Trachsel

  • Anna Elsner as invited speaker at the 'Images of Care and Dying' seminar at Cambridge University

  • Interview of Vincent Menuz in Migros Magazine: «Mourir est devenu aujourd’hui une faute morale»

  • Medical Humanities in Switzerland: moving forward, new publication by Nikola Biller-Andorno and Johann Roduit

  • New publication by Markus Christen, Christian Ineichen and Carmen Tanner on "Moral Intelligence" in Clinical Practice

  • The TEDx Talk of Vincent Menuz is online

  • New Peer Commentary in The American Journal of Bioethics by Manuel Trachsel

  • Bioethics and Cinema: Nikola Biller-Andorno lectured on the ethics of reproductive medicine during the Zurich Film Festival

  • New book chapter by Walter Glannon and Christian Ineichen on Philosophical Aspects of Closed-Loop-Neuroscience

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno presented on the Ethics of Genetic Engineering at stars Switzerland

  • Roberto Andorno as invited speaker at Kiel University workshop on “New Human Rights for the 21st Century”

  • New publication by Nikola Biller-Andorno et al.: The Effects of Closed-Loop Medical Devices on the Autonomy and Accountability of Persons and Systems

  • Flesh & Foil: new poem on the ethics of human enhancement by Johann Roduit

    Photo by Mélanie Scherm, superhumains.ch

  • Article on palliative care in psychiatry in BMC Psychiatry by Manuel Trachsel, Scott A. Irwin, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Paul Hoff, and Florian Riese

  • New article by Christian Ineichen, Heide Baumann-Vogel and Markus Christen published in Brain Sciences: Deep Brain Stimulation: In Search of Reliable Instruments for Assessing Complex Personality-Related Changes.

  • Vincent Menuz to give a TEDx talk Sept 9 in Martigny

  • Welcome to our new Scientific PhD Coordinator Anna Magdalena Elsner

  • Interview of Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno in Echo der Zeit (SRF)

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno appointed Collegium Helveticum Fellow

  • New article on psychiatric advance directives in Ethik in der Medizin by Manuel Trachsel and Nikola Biller-Andorno

  • New publication: "Rethinking the ethical approach to health information management through narration: pertinence of Ricœur’s ‘little ethics’"

  • Outcomes of acute kidney injury in children and adults in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review

  • New publication: Towards a broader understanding of agency in biomedical ethics

  • New paper: 'The influence of patients’ immigration background and residence permit status on treatment decisions in health care'

  • New article: 'Emotion and Value in the Evaluation of Medical Decision-Making Capacity: A Narrative Review of Arguments'

  • A new casebook on bioethics and law coedited by Roberto Andorno

  • New article in The Journal of Hospital Administration by Corine Mouton Dorey, Milo Alan Puhan and Nikola Biller-Andorno

  • New article in the Journal of Medical Ethics by Manuel Trachsel and Jens Gaab

  • Neuer Artikel „Nicht für immer. Ars moriendi nova – Sterbekunst ohne Jenseitsperspektive“ von Nina Streeck, in: Hermeneutische Blätter

  • New paper: “Ethical Considerations Concerning the Inclusion of Women with Epilepsy in Pregnancy Registries”, by Corine Mouton Dorey

  • Roberto Andorno as invited speaker at the US National Academies meeting on human gene editing

  • Johann Roduit was elected board member of the Swiss Society of Biomedical Ethics

  • New paper: Reconsidering Kantian arguments against organ selling by Zümrüt Alpinar-Şencan

  • New Paper: Ethical Challenges of Simulation-Driven Big Neuroscience

  • Roberto Andorno has received his habilitation in bioethics and medical law

  • New article on ethical challenges of genetic testing and risk prediction by Tobias Eichinger

  • New article in The Lancet Psychiatry by Manuel Trachsel and Nikola Biller-Andorno

  • Neues Buch von Dr. Manuel Trachsel mit dem Titel "Lebensende, Sterben und Tod"

  • New book by Johann Roduit, 'The Case for Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Human Enhancement'

  • Registration for the 2016 Zurich Workshop on Medical Humanities is open

  • Commentary by Roberto Andorno: The right not to know does not apply to HIV testing

  • New Publication: the Promising Revolution of Participant-Led Research in Rare Neurological Diseases

  • Revolution der Rechner: Wie Big Data unser Leben verändert

  • New article on the challenge of ethical disclosure in psychotherapy by Manuel Trachsel

  • Markus Christen has received his habilitation in biomedical ethics

  • Mensch nach Mass: Ein Blick ins Gehirn

  • Review of Nicholas Agar's book 'Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits'

  • 'Individual Responsibility and Community Solidarity: The Swiss Health Care System', new article by Nikola Biller-Andorno and Thomas Zeltner

  • Prof. Biller-Andorno as Keynote speaker for Designing Provider Incentives event

  • CfP: Ethical aspects of assisted dying and the implications for care practices.

  • Neuer Artikel von Nina Streeck: 'Leben machen, sterben lassen'. Palliative Care und Biomacht, in: Ethik in der Medizin

  • Colombian decoration awarded to Dr. Roberto Andorno

  • Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences grant for Manuel Trachsel

  • New paper: Hymen reconstruction as pragmatic empowerment? Results of a qualitative study from Tunisia

  • SNSF grant for the project 'Science Fiction and the Ethics of Human Enhancement'

  • New article by Christian Ineichen and Markus Christen published in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience: Analyzing 7000 texts on deep brain stimulation: what do they tell us?

  • Workshop: Was ist Medizin? Perspektiven aus den Medical Humanities

  • TV interview of the 'superhumains.ch' team regarding life-extension

  • New article published in 'Bioethics'. Ideas of Perfection and the Ethics of Human Enhancement. By Johann A R Roduit, Jan-Christoph Heilinger, Holger Baumann

  • Interview of Johann Roduit in NZZ am Sonntag: «Human Enhancement» – auf dem Weg zum Supermenschen

  • New publication by Jürg Streuli and Eva Bergsträsser

  • Neue Publikation von Nina Streeck: „Sterbewünsche – medizinethisch-empirische Zugänge“

  • New Opinion Paper in The Lancet Psychiatry by Manuel Trachsel, Martin grosse Holtforth, Nikola Biller-Andorno, and Paul S. Appelbaum

  • New publication by Nikola Biller-Andorno: Professionalism and ethics in animal research

    Nikola Biller-Andorno, Herwig Grimm & Rebecca L Walker just published a commentary article in the journal 'Nature Biotechnology' about professionalism and ethics in animal research. 

  • Save the date! Tag der Lehre (Open day) 4.11.2015 at the IBME

    This year for the Tag der Lehre you will have the opportunity to participate in the seminar: Film and medicine: a cinematographic tour of the ethics of human enhancement

  • Registration for the 2015 Zurich Intensive Bioethics Course is still open

    There are still some places available for the 2015 Zurich Intensive Bioethics courseDon't hesitate to register www.ibme.ch

  • Vortrag von Nina Streeck über die „Grenzen der Professionalisierung in der Palliative Care“

  • 'The augmented human: a dream coming true. 'Interview of Johann Roduit in H+ Magazine

    H + Magazine interviewed Johann Roduit regarding the ethics of human enhancement. The article is available online in both French and English. [.. read more]

  • Joint WHO Meeting on Ethics Guidance for Health Systems and Policy Research in collaboration with the University of Zurich

    The World Health Organization in collaboration with the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME), WHO Collaborating Centre of Bioethics [.. read more]

  • New special symposium in Public Health Ethics edited by Verina Wild, Deborah Zion and Richard Ashcroft

    Verina Wild has edited a special issue on migrant health and ethics for the journal Public Health Ethics together with Deborah Zion and Richard Ashcroft. [.. read more]

  • New Paper in The American Journal of Bioethics by Manuel Trachsel, Verina Wild, Tanja Krones, and Nikola Biller-Andorno

    Compulsory Treatment in Chronic Anorexia Nervosa by All Means? Searching for a Middle Ground Between a Curative and a Palliative Approach. [.. read more]

  • Registration for the 2015 Zurich Intensive Bioethics Course (13-15.11.15) is open!

    The registration for the Zurich Intensive Bioethics Course (ZIBC) is open! Please register online: www.ibme.ch. The Institute of Biomedical Ethics [.. read more]

  • Neue Publikation: Was bezeichnet Einwilligungsfähigkeit / Urteilsfähigkeit?

    Neue Publikation in der Fachzeitschrift "Ethik in der Medizin" von Helena Hermann, Manuel Trachsel und Nikola Biller-Andorno [.. read more]

  • Gespräch zu Biotechnologie und Artenschutz in der Zeitschrift HOTSPOT

    In der Zeitschrift HOTSPOT (Seiten 20/21) des Forum Biodiversität der ScNat (Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz) ist ein Gespräch [.. read more]

  • "Superhumains.ch: offrir des outils réflexifs aux jeunes adultes": New article by Vincent Menuz and Johann Roduit published in Valais Valeur Ajoutée

    Vincent Menuz and Johann Roduit have published an article entitled "Superhumains.ch: offrir des outils réflexifs aux jeunes adultes" for [.. read more]

  • New column by Johann Roduit published in l'Hebdo: "L’humain augmenté: entre amélioration et déshumanisation"

    Johann Roduit has published a column entitled "L'humain augmenté: entre amélioration et déshumanisation" for the Swiss magazine L'Hebdo. [.. read more]

  • Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno im Gastkommentar zum Thema „Fortpflanzungsmedizin“ in der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung NZZ

    In der Schweiz ist die Fortpflanzungsmedizin streng geregelt. Was in anderen Ländern gang und gäbe oder zumindest erlaubt ist, ist hier verboten. [.. read more]

  • Interview „Wir fragen, was Menschen denken“ mit Nikola Biller-Andorno und Markus Huppenbauer zu Aufgabe und Funktionsweise von Ethik im UZH Magazin

    Dürfen Embryonen untersucht werden? Können wir Fleisch mit Genuss essen? Die Ethikerin Nikola Biller-Andorno und der Ethiker Markus Huppenbauer [.. read more]

  • Prof. Biller-Andorno im Radiobetrag „Der Tag“ im Hessischen Rundfunk zum Thema „Korrekturen? Das Unbehagen in der Biomedizin“

    Das hat es noch nicht gegeben. Renommierte internationale Wissenschaftler veröffentlichen einen Aufruf im US Wissenschaftsmagazin "Science? [.. read more]

  • Dr. Vincent Menuz will present the project superhumains.ch in a Scientific Café

    On May 27, Dr. Vincent Menuz, Research Associate at the IBME, will present parts of his research on human enhancement and the project superhumains.ch [.. read more]

  • Dr Johann Roduit to take up position at the new Center for Medical Humanities, University of Zurich

    Dr Johann Roduit has accepted the position of Managing Director (Geschäftsführer) of the new Center for Medical Humanities at the University of Zurich. [.. read more]

  • New Publication: Different Understandings of Life as an Opportunity to Enrich the Debate About Synthetic Biology

    Anna Deplazes Zemp, Daniel Gregorowius and Nikola Biller-Andorno publish a commentary article in the journal "Nanoethics" about the role of different [.. read more]

  • "Double Trouble? Towards an Epistemology of Co-infection" - New article on TB/HIV co-infection by Janina Kehr featured in Medicine, Anthropology, Theory

    New article on TB/HIV co-infection by Janina Kehr featured in Medicine, Anthropology, Theory: Tuberculosis and HIV co-infection came to figure as one of the [.. read more]

  • New book by Niklaus Ingold on sunlight and health in medicine and beyond

    Based on a careful reading of a wide variety of scientific and popular texts Niklaus Ingold maps the fortunes of sunlight in western medicine and culture. [.. read more]

  • Soon immortality?

    Transhumanists believe that, through technological modifications, we may once be able to transcend our human condition and even become immortal. [.. read more]

  • Neuer Artikel „Will ich 100 werden?“ von Prof. Biller-Andorno im Tages Anzeiger Magazin

    Neu erschienener Artikel von Prof. Biller-Andorno im Tages Anzeiger Magazin zum Thema Lebensqualität und Gesundheitsversorgung im Alter.

  • Johann Roduit was invited to give a response to Prof. Nicholas Agar regarding his latest book: Truly Human Enhancement. Slides are available online.

    Johann Roduit was recently invited to give a response to to Nick Agar regarding his latest book: Truly Human Enhancement (MIT Press 2014), during the [.. read more]

  • New article published and illustrated: “Modifier l’espèce humaine ou l’environnement? Les transhumanistes face à la crise écologique”, by Gabriel Dorthe and Johann Roduit. Published in Bioethica Forum. Illustrated by N. Stepanova (Arts-form association).

    The aim of this article is to explore how transhumanists attempt to answer the environmental questions of our time. To this end, we selected and [.. read more]

  • New article: Personal biases in decision-making capacity evaluations

    Helena Hermann, Manuel Trachsel and Nikola Biller-Andorno have published a new article in the Journal of Medical Ethics: Physicians’ personal values in [.. read more]

  • Beitrag von Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno im Radio Top zum Thema „Fallpauschalen“

    Seit 2012 werden die Schweizer Spitäler über Fallpauschalen finanziert. Zwei der Ziele, effizientere Prozesse und mehr Zeit für den Patienten [.. read more]

  • Interview mit Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno in der "Schweizerischen Ärztezeitung"

    "Patientenwohl und Ökonomie – Ärzte als Diener zweier Herren" lautete der Titel eines Referats, das Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno im vergangenen Herbst vor [.. read more]

  • Artikel zur IBME Studie „Einführung Fallpauschalen“ im Tages Anzeiger

    Das IBME hatte 2013 schweizweit Ärztinnen und Ärzte befragt, wie sie seit der Einführung der Fallpauschalen die Patientenversorgung sowie ihre [.. read more]

  • Birth weight, malnutrition and kidney-assocaited outcomes - a global concern

    This review highlights the impact of developmental programming on later-life risk of high blood pressure and kidney disease. Maternal health, low birth [.. read more]

  • "Der bessere Mensch und die Angst" - Article in the Zürcher Studierendenzeitung (ZS) about the 2015 Winter School on Human Enhancement

    From March 4 to 6, the Center for Medical Humanities (CMH) and the IBME have organized a Winter School on the ethics of human enhancement. [.. read more]

  • New article published in the Monash Bioethics Review. Evaluating human enhancements: the importance of ideals. By Johann A R Roduit, Holger Baumann, Jan-Christoph Heilinger.

    Is it necessary to have an ideal of perfection in mind to identify and evaluate true biotechnological human “enhancements”, or can one do without? [.. read more]

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno appointed as member of working group on the ethics of implementation research.

    A new course on ethics for implementation research is being developed with colleagues at the World Health Organization’s Global Health Ethics [.. read more]

  • Dr Carina Fourie to take up position at the University of Washington

    Affiliate researcher, Dr Carina Fourie, has accepted the position of the Benjamin Rabinowitz Assistant Professor in Medical Ethics at the Philosophy [.. read more]

  • Participants of the Superhumains.ch project were interviewed by the Radio télévision suisse (RTS)

    Participants of the project Superhumains.ch were interviewed for the TV Program A Bon Entendeur. Dr. Vincent Menuz and some high school students [.. read more]

  • New article: Impact of the DRG-based reimbursement system on patient care and professional practise: perspectives of Swiss hospital physicians

    Ärztebefragung zu den Auswirkungen der DRG-basierten Spitalfinanzierung in der Schweiz: Seit 2012 werden die Schweizer Spitäler über Fallpauschalen [.. read more]

  • New article by Zümrüt Alpinar-Sencan: Reconsidering Kantian Arguments Against Organ Selling

    Abstract: Referring to Kant’s arguments addressing the moral relationship between our bodies and ourselves is quite common in contemporary debate about [.. read more]

  • Vers l'homme augmenté - interview of Johann Roduit in la Tribune de Genève

    La Tribune de Genève interviewed Johann Roduit regarding his research about the ethics of human enhancement. The article is available online here.

  • A Social Understanding of Dignity: A Promising Approach in the Organ Selling Debate, by Zümrüt Alpinar-Sencan

    Abstract: In contrast to either sceptical approaches arguing for the redundancy of dignity or more theoretical ones concerning only abstract notions, this paper presents...

  • Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno zum Thema "Steigende Medikamentenpreise" im SRF Wirtschaftsmagazin "Trend"

    Die Medizin macht grosse Fortschritte. Immer mehr Krankheiten können behandelt oder gar geheilt werden. Doch das hat seinen Preis. Beim Bundesamt für...

  • Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno beim Deutschen Ethikrat zum Thema "Medizin und Ökonomie"

    "Kränkelnde Krankenhäuser": Mal wird zu viel operiert, mal zu wenig gepflegt: Der Ethikrat diskutiert im Tagesspiegel die Folgen ökonomischen Drucks in deutschen..

  • Program Research Colloquium on Biomedical Ethics Spring Semester 2015

    Please find the Research Colloquium on Biomedical Ethics Spring Semester 2015 program down below. For more information, please contact Michelle Heimgartner by

  • PD Dr. Rouven Porz wurde an der Universität Bern im Fach Medizinethik habilitiert

    Im Oktober 2014 erlangte der promovierte Philosoph und Biologe PD Dr. Rouven Porz(affiliierter Mitarbeiter) die Habilitation im Fach „Medizinethik" der medizinischen

  • Neuer Artikel von Tobias Eichinger "Die Inszenierung unserer reproduktiven Zukunft – Dokumentarfilmische Narrative im bioethischen Diskurs" in Ethik in der Medizin (online first)

    Obwohl Film nicht nur eine große Popularität und mediale Vertrautheit genießt, sondern auch als eine der bedeutendsten kulturprägenden Kunstformen der

  • Neuer Beitrag von Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno im Roadmap-Blog „Nachhaltiges Gesundheitssystem“ der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz

    Mit diesem Blogbieten die Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweizein Forum, aktuelle Ereignisse rund um das Gesundheitssystem der Schweiz zu diskutieren.

  • L’humain face aux technologies - interview of Johann Roduit in La Liberté

    La Libertéinterviewed Johann Roduitregarding his presentation and research during the Symposium Piin Monthey. The article is available online here.

  • Kommentar von Manuel Trachsel in der SRF-Tagesschau vom 03.01.2015 zu psychiatrischen Patientenverfügungen

    In einem Interview mit der "Tagesschau des Schweizer Fernsehens SRF" begrüsst Dr. med. Dr. phil. Manuel Trachsel die Einführung von psychiatrischen

  • Artikel von Nina Streeck im Bioethica Forum

    Unter dem Titel Selbstbestimmung als Element der Vorstellung vom guten Todbefasst sich Nina Streeckin der neusten Ausgabe des Bioethica Forumdamit, was wir unter

  • Johann Roduit was an invited speaker at the PI Symposium in Monthey

    Johann Roduit presented his research during the Symposium PI at the Théâtre du Crochetan in Monthey (CH). In this talk entitled: “Demain tous des X-Men?

  • Registration is now open for the 2015 Zurich Winter School on the ethics of human enhancement

    This Winter School will bring together an international group of experts to discuss different questions regarding the ethics of human enhancement. The registration for

  • SNSF press release on the "Assessment of decision-making capacity"

    Physicians often find it hard to determine if a patient suffering from dementia or depression is capable of making sound judgements (decision-making capacity or

  • Interview mit Nikola Biller-Andorno in der Zürcher Studierendenzeitung zum Thema "Schmerzmittel sind keine Heilsbringer"

    Ethikforscherin Nikola Biller-Andorno erklärt, warum wir so bereitwillig Medikamente schlucken und warum die Pharmalobby eine Verantwortung gegenüber der

  • Interview mit Nikola Biller-Andorno auf Radio SRF2 zum Thema "Die Mittel gegen Ebola auf dem Prüfstand"

    Die Ebola-Epidemie in Westafrika ist ausser Kontrolle. Tausende sind schon daran gestorben. Doch Blut von Menschen, die Ebola überlebt haben, könnte Neuerkrankten

  • Effy Vayena's research on participant-led research was discussed in a Wall Street Journal article

    The Ethics of Experimenting on Yourself; Ethicists are pushing back against ‘citizen scientists’ who want to do medical research on themselves.

  • New publication on physicians' knowledge, attitudes, and assessment practices concerning medical decision-making capacity

    Helena Hermann, Manuel Trachsel, Christine Mitchell and Nikola Biller-Andornohave published the results of a national wide survey study on medical decision-making

  • Ethik-Café am IBME

    Diskussionen sind das Herzstück unserer biomedizinethischen Lehre. Die Mitarbeitenden des Institut für Biomedizinische Ethik öffnen daher am Tag der Lehre

  • Effy Vayena has published a new paper in "The Lancet"

    The paper entitled "Getting Human Rights Right in Global Health Policy”highlights a disturbing trend away from human rights in the global development agenda. The

  • New article by Christian Ineichen et al. published in "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience": A critical reflection on the technological development of deep brain stimulation (DBS)

    Since the translational research findings of Benabid and colleagues which partly led to their seminal paper regarding the treatment of mainly tremor-dominant Parkinson

  • Effy Vayena is an invited speaker at the European Health Forum Gastein 2014

    Effy Vayenais an invited speaker at the European Health Forum Gastein 2014. She will be talking about the ethical and regulatory challenges in personalized medicine.

  • New book review of "The Ethics of the New Eugenics" by Johann Roduit, published in Med Health Care and Philos

    Johann Roduithas published a review of the book The Ethics of the New Eugenics(2014, Oxford: Berghahn) by MacKellar, C. and Betchel, C.

  • Invitation to conference December 19th/20th, 2014: "The ethics of health incentive programs"

    The conference discusses the ethics of health incentive programs: How should we balance autonomy, solidarity and justice in health incentive policies? How should we

  • SNSF funding for project on wishes to die

    The SNSFhas awarded funding to a project on wishes to diethat is part of the NRP 67-project The wish to die in persons with serious illness. With the 3 year grant Nina

  • Assessing mental capacity: How much and what kind of standardization is appropriate?

    Helena Hermannpresented on the XVI World Congress of Psychiatry in Madridon the appropriate way of standardizing mental capacity assessments. In view of the ethical

  • Superhumains.ch est lancé!

    Superhumains.ch est lancé!L’Université de Zürich a lancé le projet de communication scientifique “Superhumains.ch: The Next Generations?”. L’objectif du projet est

  • Effy Vayena has published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on the ethics of the Facebook experiment

    Effy Vayenahas published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)on the ethics of the Facebook experiment(with Jeff Kahn and Anna

  • Ethics project in the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering

    Nikola Biller-Andornois responsible for the ethics project of theNCCR (National Center of Competence in Research, funded by the SNF) Molecular Systems

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno im SRF zur Ebola-Epidemie und dem Einsatz noch nicht ausreichend getesteter Medikamente

    Gespräch mit Nikola Biller-Andornoim SRFzur Ebola-Epidemie und dem Einsatz noch nicht ausreichend getesteter Medikamente.

  • Effy Vayena's e-letter on "Asking the right autonomy question in direct to consumer genomics" in the Journal of Medical Ethics

    Effy Vayena'se-letter on Asking the right autonomy question in direct to consumer genomicsin the Journal of Medical Ethics. Link

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno on Screening for Breast Cancer at BBC Radio 4 (Podcast)

    Nikola Biller-Andornoon Screening for Breast Cancerat BBC Radio 4. Listen to the podcast here.

  • New Publication by Johann Roduit, Vincent Menuz and Holger Baumann. Book Chapter: Human Enhancement: Living Up to the Ideal Human

    Human Enhancement: Living Up to the Ideal Human, new book chapter written by Johann Roduit, Vincent Menuzand Holger Baumann, published in Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies. IGI Global, 2014. 54-66. 2014. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-6010-6.ch004. Article available online here.

  • New article by Manuel Trachsel, Helena Hermann, and Nikola Biller-Andorno in American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

    New article by Manuel Trachsel, Helena Hermann, and Nikola Biller-Andornoin American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias: Cognitive Fluctuations as a Challenge for the Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity in Patients With Dementia

  • Effy Vayena was awarded a grant from the Brocher Foundation

    Effy Vayenawas awarded a grant from the Brocher Foundationto conduct a symposium on the Ethical aspects of patient-centred research Initiatives(in collaboration with Prof. Pascal Borry and Dr Heidi Howard).

  • New paper by Nikola Biller-Andorno and Caroline Clarinval on "Disaster Bioethics"

    New paper by Nikola Biller-Andornoand Caroline Clarinvalon Disaster Bioethics.

  • Effy Vayena's Rapid Response on enabling patient partnerships in the British Medical Journal

    Effy Vayena'sRapid Response on enabling patient partnershipsin the British Medical Journalalso discussed in the BMJ Blogs.

  • The Huffington Post interviewed Johann Roduit regarding the movie "Transcendence"

    The Huffington Postinterviewed Johann Roduitregarding the latest movie Transcendenceand the ethical issues surrounding the idea of uploading a human mind into a computer. The article is available online here.

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno in einem Beitrag zur Übertherapie in der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung

    Nikola Biller-Andornoin einem Beitrag zur Übertherapiein der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung.

  • Op-ed by Johann Roduit published in Le Temps: "Quand la technologie investit le foot"

    Op-ed by Johann Roduitpublished in Le Temps: Quand la technologie investit le foot, available online here.

  • Three Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) Project Fundings

    We proudly announce that the IBME has been awarded funding from the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), Käthe-Zingg-Schwichtenberg-Fonds, for the following three research projects: Gesellschaftlicher Druck auf Sterbende? Sterbewünsche zwischen sozialen Einflüssen und authentischen Selbstsein(Nina Streeck), ECMO zwischen Indikation und Futility: Entwicklung eines faktoriellen Surveys zur Messung von Normen zur Bewertung der ECMO(Tanja Krones, Daniel Drewniak) and Bonusverträge in der stationären Gesundheitsversorgung(Nikola Biller-Andorno, Margrit Fässler).

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno delivers welcome address at Jewish Medical Ethics Conference in Stein am Rhein, May 8, 2014

    Nikola Biller-Andornodelivers welcome address at Jewish Medical Ethics Conferencein Stein am Rhein, May 8, 2014. Selected MP3s are available for downloadfrom the last conference. Scientific Program

  • Registration Summer School 2014 in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management in Lugano is now open.

    PhD students, postdocs, and other interested people can now register for courses at the Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management in Lugano. Fees will be waived for PhD students at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics for the courses on Incentives for Better Healthand Conflicts of Interest and Corruption from a Health Systems Perspective.Registration closes July 15, 2014. For registration, please click here.

  • New article by Effy Vayena in the Journal of Medical Ethics

    New article by Effy Vayenain the Journal of Medical Ethics Direct-to-consumer genomics on the scales of autonomy".

  • New article by Judith Richter in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)

    New article by Judith Richterin the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Titel: Time to turn the tide - WHO's engagement with non-state actors and the politics of stakeholder governance and conflicts of interest.Short version published as letter to the British Medical Journal (BMJ), full version on Rapid Response Website.

  • Neu erschienenes Buch von Nikola Biller-Andorno "Ethik und Recht in Medizin und Biowissenschaften"

    Neu erschienenes Buch von Bernice S. Elger, Nikola Biller-Andornound Bernhard Rütsche zu Ethik und Recht in Medizin und Biowissenschaften - Aktuelle Fallbeispiele aus klinischer Praxis und Forschung, erhältlich bei De Gruyter.

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno in Tele Top on Breast Screening

    Nikola Biller-Andornoin Tele Topon Breast Screening.

  • New article by Nikola Biller-Andorno in the New England Journal of Medicine on Mammography Screening

    New article by Prof. Nikola Biller-Andornoon Mammography Screeningin the New England Journal of Medicine. Link Swiss Medical Board

  • New article by Effy Vayena and Christian Ineichen in Public Health Genomics

    Article by Effy Vayenaand Christian Ineichenin Public Health GenomicsPlaying a Part in Research University Students' Attitudes to Direct-To-Consumer Genomics

  • Effy Vayena's article in EMBO Reports

    Key challenges for next-generation pharmacogenomics: Science & Society series on Science and Drugs. Link EMBO Reports

  • Effy Vayena's interview at the Swiss Re Center for Global Dialogue event

    Effy Vayena'sinterview at the Swiss Re Center for Global Dialogue eventon Healthcare revolution: Big data and smart analytics

  • Urteilsfähigkeit: Ethische Relevanz, konzeptuelle Herausforderung und ärztliche Beurteilung

    Übersichtsartikel von Manuel Trachsel, Helena Hermannund Nikola Biller-Andornoim Swiss Medical Forum

  • Nikola Biller-Andorno und Markus Christen im ELSA-Komitee des Human Brain Project

    Das Human Brain Project HBPist eines der beiden auf 10 Jahre angelegten Flagship Projekte der Europäischen Kommission mit dem Ziel, das grundlegende Verständnis des Gehirns zu fördern, Hirnkrankheiten zu heilen und neue Technologien basierend auf neurowissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen zu entwickeln. Dies stellt ethische, rechtliche und soziale Fragen, die im ELSA-Komitee des HBP diskutiert werden. Nikola Biller-Andornovom Institut für Biomedizinische Ethik und Markus Christenvom Universitären Forschungsschwerpunkt Ethik sind nun als Mitglieder des Komitees gewählt worden. Im März findet die konstituierende Sitzung statt.

  • Effy Vayena's article on responsible innovation and science diplomacy

    Effy Vayena's article on responsible innovation and science diplomacy. Link

  • Interview Weltwoche mit Markus Christen über Chancen und Gefahren der Neurowissenschaft

    Mit Gedanken lassen sich heute Geräte steuern. Dank Hirnstimulation können Krankheiten geheilt werden. Ermöglicht die Hirnforschung bald ferngesteuerte Menschen? Bioethiker Markus Christenspricht in der Weltwocheüber Chancen und Gefahren der Neurowissenschaft.Mit Gedanken lassen sich heute Geräte steuern. Dank Hirnstimulation können Krankheiten geheilt werden. Ermöglicht die Hirnforschung bald ferngesteuerte Menschen? Bioethiker Markus Christenspricht in der Weltwocheüber Chancen und Gefahren der Neurowissenschaft.

  • SNFS-Agora Project Funding: Superhumains.ch

    Prof. Nikola Biller-Andornoand Prof. Markus Huppenbauerhave been awarded an SNFS-Agora Grantfor the project Superhumains.ch? The Next Generations. Superhumains.chseeks to educate, inform and dialogue with high school (Matura) and professional students (Berufsschule) about bioethical issues regarding the use of emerging technologies on humans. From February 2014, Johann Roduitwill be the scientific project coordinator of the project.

  • Johann Roduit, Op-ed published in "Le Temps", "Snowden et la Singularité: L’ère du super-ordinateur qui sait tout n’est peut-être plus très loin"

    Johann Roduit, Op-ed published in Le Temps, Snowden et la Singularité: L’ère du super-ordinateur qui sait tout n’est peut-être plus très loin, available online here.

  • Johann Roduit's blog post, selected to be published in the 2014 Anthology of the best science blogs

    Johann Roduit's blog post, Singularité: ma troisième survie apocalyptique, was selected to be published in l'Anthologie des meilleures blogues de science 2014. The book will be published in Spring 2014 in the éditions MultiMondes

  • Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno im SRF zum "social freezing"

    Immer mehr Frauen lassen ihre Eizellen einfrieren - um erst Mutter zu werden, wenn es aus beruflichen oder sozialen Gründen besser passt. Ein Gericht in St. Gallen erlaubt erstmals die umstrittene Methode. Ist das, was möglich und machbar ist, auch sinnvoll und wünschenswert? Gespräch mit der Ethikerin Prof. Nikola Biller Andorno. Link

  • Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno in a Harvard Business Review Blog

    Nikola Biller-Andornoin a Harvard Business Review Blog Link

  • Neuroenhancement among Swiss Students - A Comparison of Users and Non-Users

    Neuer Artikel von Regula Ott und Nikola Biller-Andorno wurde in Pharmacopsychiatry publiziert.

  • Editorial in Bioethics Special Issue by Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno

    Editorial in the Magazine Bioethicsby Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno, Ruud Ter Meulen and Ainsley Newson.

  • Neuer Artikel "Tumoren verschwinden lassen" von Effy Vayena

    Neuer Artikel von Effy Vayenaim Magazin der Universität Zürichzum Thema Tumoren verschwinden lassen.

  • New article by Effy Vayena in Nature Biotechnology

    New article by Effy Vayenain Nature Biotechnology on the ethics of participant-led biomedical research. Link

  • Fall Semester's Ringvorlesung Program

    Fall Semester's Ringvorlesung Programis co-organised by Effy Vayena (IBME)and Isabel Klusman (Life Science Zurich). For more information on the program see Flyer below.

  • New Publication by Johann Roduit in "Bulletin des médecins suisses"

    Le chat du docteur Frankenstein: modifcations biotechnologiques de nos amis les bêtes, published in the: Bulletin des médecins suisses. Link & Download

  • Editorial by Effy Vayena and Barbara Prainsack

    Editorial by Effy Vayenaand Barbara Prainsack"Regulating genomics: time for a broader vision" in Science Translational Medicine. Free Access here.

  • New article by Effy Vayena

    Genetic Incidental Findings: autonomy regained?in Genetics in Medicine. Open access here

  • AFE & IBME: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Project Funding

    The AFE and the IBME have been awarded funding from the SNSFfor two years for the research project Equality in health, equality for health: Justice, status and the social gradient in health.From January 2014, Dr. Carina Fouriewill be conducting normative research on why social gradients in health could be of ethical concern.

  • New Publication by Regula Ott

    Journal article in Suchtmagazin. Regula Ottwrites about Swiss and international surveys among physicians concerning attitudes and handling of Neuro-Enhancers.

  • Neue Studie zur Suizidhilfe

    Die Schweizerische Akademie der Medizinischen Wissenschaften (SAMW)hat eine Studie über die Haltung der Ärzteschaft zur Suizidhilfeausgeschrieben. Die Studie wird von Brauer|Strub. Medizin – Ethik – Politikund Büro Vatter AG. Politikforschung & -beratung“ in Zusammenarbeit mit gfs.berndurchgeführt. Die Projektleitung übernimmt Susanne Brauer.

  • New KZS support from the SAMS

    The commission for the Fonds Käthe Zingg Scheichtenberghas awarded a grant (KZS 19/13) to Corine Mouton Doreyfor her project: Clinical registries: necessity or waste? Development of an Ethical Framework ensuring that clinical registries contribute to improved quality of health care

  • New Publication

    BMJ Feature Article on Challenges of US Medicaid Expansionby Douglas Noble, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Jason Sutherland, and Matthew Anstey. Link

  • SAMS supports NFP67 research project

    The SAMSsupports the NFP67 research project Decision-making capacity at the end-of-life and its assessment in Switzerlandby Nikola Biller-Andorno, Manuel Trachsel, and Helena Hermann

  • Interview Judy Illes

    Neuer Artikel in der NZZ am Sonntagmit Interview von Judy Illes. Thema Wir werden uns immer ein Stück weit ein Geheimnis bleiben.

  • SNSF Mobility grants in projects

    As part of the of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNFS) project Human enhancement and perfection, Johann Roduithas been awarded an SNSF Mobility grant. From October 2013 to April 2014, he will take part in the "Academic Visitor Programme" of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

  • New Publication by Manuel Trachsel

    New publication Decision-making incapacity at the end of life: conceptual and ethical challengesBy Manuel Trachsel, PhD, Christine Mitchell, RN, MS, MTS, and Nikola Biller-Andorno, MD, PhD

  • SNSF Professorship

    Stéphanie Dagronhas been awarded an SNSF Professorship of the Swiss National Science Foundationfor the following project (starting september 2013): Juridification of global health concerns: Implications for health prevention, treatment and health systems. Link

  • New Interview and Publication

    New Interview and Publication by Nikola Biller-Andornoon Physician Assisted Suicide in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • New Publication

    New publication Ethical Physician Incentives — From Carrots and Sticks to Shared Purpose. By Nikola Biller-Andorno, M.D., Ph.D., and Thomas H. Lee, M.D.

  • New Publication

    Verina Wild and Agomoni Ganguli Mitrahave written the editorial for the "Special Symposium on Powers and Faden's Social Justice" in the journal Public Health Ethics. Read an extract.

  • Graduate Campus funded project

    "Neohumanitas, Writing the future together". Call for participants. All info of the project can be found here

  • New Publication

    Johann A R Roduit, Op-ed published in "Le Temps", "Jusqu'où peut-on améliorer un être humain"available online here

  • New Article

    Peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of medical ethics (JME).Human enhancement and perfection in the Journal of medical ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100920. By Johann A R Roduit, Holger Baumann, Jan-Christoph Heilinger.

  • New Publication

    Adapting Standards: Ethical Oversight of Participant-Led Health Research. PLoS Med 10(3): e1001402.By Vayena E, Tasioulas J (2013). Link

  • New Article

    Effy Vayena's Opinion in The Scientist, discussing the recent paper in ethical oversight of participant-led research. Link

  • New Grant

    As a collaboration partner of three US Universities (University of Notre Dame, University of Oregon, Grand Valley State University) the IBME successfully achieved a grant in “The Science of Intellectual Humility” project(Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology).

  • New Publication

    In Zusammenarbeit mit Forschern der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste arbeiten Mitarbeiter des IBME an der Entwicklung eines Serious Moral Game, das künftig auch für die Ehtik-Schulung von Medizinstudierenden eingesetzt werden soll.

  • Contribution panel discussion

    Dr. Margrit Fässler contributed to panel discussion about interim result after one year of introduction of the new DRG based hospital financing.

  • New Publication

    Journal article in 'Das Magazin'Mathias Plüss talks with Dr. Margrit Fässler about the role of placebo effects in clinical medicine.

  • New Publication

    Beyond the clinic: 'direct-to-consumer' genomic profiling services and pharmacogenomics.by Barbara Prainsack and Effy Vayena

  • New Publication

    Caught in the Web: Informed Consent for Online Health Research, in Science Translational Medicine by Effy Vayena, Anna Mastroianni, Jeff Kahn.

  • New Publication

    Colorful brains. 14 years of display practice in functional neuroimaging.By Christen M, Vitacco DA, Huber L, Harboe J, Fabrikant S, Brugger. NeuroImage 73: 30-39.

  • New Article

    Regula Ottdiskutiert die eben erschiene Studie aus Deutschland, wonach jede/r fünfte Studierende bereits Erfahrungen mit solchen Wirkstoffen gemacht hat; erwähnt erste Resultate ihrer Studie bei Studierenden der Universität Zürich und fordert, dass wir uns vor einer möglichen Legalisierung als Gesellschaft Gedanken dazu machen, was für Ziele wir damit verfolgen möchten.

  • New Publication

    The challenge of personal genomics in Germanyby Effy Vayena and Barbara Prainsack in Nature Biotechnology

  • Pharmacogenomics

    From Molecules to Medicine 1st International Meeting for Young Researchers Engelberg

  • New Publication

    Neuroenhancement – perspectives of Swiss psychiatrists and general practitionersby Regula Ott, Christian Lenk, Nicole Miller, Rachel Neuhaus Bühler, Nikola Biller-Andorno Published 27 November 2012, doi:10.4414/smw.2012.13707

  • New Publication

    Serious Moral Games. Erfassung und Vermittlung moralischer Werte durch Videospiele. Edition ZHdK. By Christen M, Faller F, Götz U, Müller C.

  • New Publication

    "Anticipons notre immortalité" Newspaper Article published by Johann Roduit and Vincent Menuz in the Huffington Post (France).

  • New Publication

    New publication by Effy Vayena et al.: Experiences of Early Users of Direct-to-Consumer Genomics in Switzerland: An Exploratory Study.

  • New Publication

    Anna Deplazes and Nikola Biller-Andorno published an opinion article on different explanations of life and synthetic biology in the science and society section of EMBO Reports.

  • New Publication

    Vayena E, Mauch F. Personal genomics: are we debating the right Issues? .Praxis (Bern 1994). 2012 Jul 25;101(15):961-4.

  • New Publication

    Vayena E, Mastroianni A, Kahn J. Ethical Issues in Health Research With Novel Online Sources. Am J Public Health. 2012 Oct 18. [Epub ahead of print]

  • New Publication

    Moral Development in Early Childhood is the Key for Moral Enhancement.AJOB Neuroscience 3(4), 25-26. A comment to the moral enhancement debate. By Christen M, Narvaez D

  • New Publication

    The Road towards Ethical ICT. European Physical Journal.Special Topics 214: 153–181. An outline of ethical issues in the „big data“ era. By Van den Hoven J, Helbing D, Pedreschi D, Domingo-Ferrer J, Gianotti F, Christen M: FuturICT.

  • Prof. Biller-Andorno für weitere Amtsperiode als Mitglied der Zentralen Ethikkommission der SAMW wiedergewählt

    Der Senat der Schweizerischen Akademie der Medizinischen Wissenschaften hat in seiner Sitzung vom 29.5. 2012 Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno, Einzelmitglied der SAMW, als Mitglied der Zentralen Ethikkommission bestätigt.

  • New Publication

    The (limited) space for justice in social animals.Social Justice Research 25:298–326. Is there “justice” in animal behavior – a critical analysis. By Christen M, Glock HJ

  • New Publication

    Jürg Streuli published a qualitative survey about professionalism and its meaning for Disorders or Differences of Sex Development also known as Intersex.

  • 2012 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize: Runner-up awarded to Annette Rid

    Annette Rid has been awarded the runner-up of the 2012 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize at the 11th World Congress of Bioethics in Rotterdam.

  • Intersexualität kontrovers

    Soeben erschienen: Zwei Buchkapitel mit Jürg Streuli

  • Ein Chemielabor in der Umkleidekabine

    Roman Gähwiler published new article in Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

  • New Publication

    Tiefe Hirnstimulation bei Bewegungsstörungen. Eine Informationsbroschüre für Patientinnen und Patienten Published by Parkinson Schweiz. Eine Patientenbroschüre zur Entscheidungsfindung bei Tiefer Hirnstimulation

  • New Publication

    Der „unmoralische Patient“. Eine Analyse der Nutzung hirnverletzter Menschen in der Moralforschung. Nervenheilkunde 31: 209–214. Die Verhaltensauffälligkeiten hirnverletzter Menschen sind komplexer als die Moralforschung beschreibt. By Christen M, Regard M

  • New Publication

    Current status and future challenges of deep brain stimulation in Switzerland. Swiss Medical Weekly 142: w13570. A review and analysis of deep brain stimulation in Switzerland. By Christen M, Müller S

  • New Publication

    Effy Vayena has contributed in three chapters of this forthcoming volume on Reproductive Donation by Cambridge University Press

  • Call for Papers for Workshop "Meeting the Authors: Ruth Faden and Madison Powers"

    Call for Papers for Workshop "Meeting the Authors: Ruth Faden and Madison Powers" in June 4-5, 2012 Deadline: March 15, 2012

  • Global harmonization through public-private partnership: The case of pharmaceuticals

    New Article published by Dr. Stéphanie Dagron.

  • Starbuck ou l'ébranlement du don de sperme

    New Article published by Johann Roduit in the Huffington Post.

  • New Publication

    Dealing with Side Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation: Lessons Learned from Stimulating the STN.AJOB Neuroscience 3(1): 37-43. Why we may underestimate the social complexity of deep brain stimulation. By Christen M, Bittlinger M, Walter H, Brugger P, Müller S.