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

Forum for Global Health Ethics: Self-Experimentation in Times of Covid-19

December 16, 2020 | 16:00 to 17:30 CET / 10:00 to 11:30 ET | Online (click here to join the event, password: 756424)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the Forum for Global Health Ethics: Self-Experimentation in Times of Covid-19, an online event organized jointly by the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Medical Weekly.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, several scientists have been conducting experiments on themselves with the goal of finding a vaccine against the virus, fuelling a renewed debate on ethics and self-experimentation. 

In this forum, experts who hold different views on self-experimentation will present and discuss their arguments, and answer questions from the audience. Speakers are:

Prof Rebecca Dresser (Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor, Washington University in St. Louis)
Prof Preston Estep (Founder, Rapid Deployment Vaccine Collaborative — RaDVac)
Prof Samia Hurst-Majno (Director of the Institute for Ethics, History and Humanities, University of Geneva)
Dr Peter Kleist (Director, Zurich Cantonal Ethics Committee)

The main interventions in the forum will be transcribed and published as proceedings by the Swiss Medical Weekly.  In the meantime we invite you to read our introductory article on the topic just published on the occasion of this forum.

Please feel free to promote this event within your network.


Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Nikola Biller-Andorno
Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich
Deputy Editor
Swiss Medical Weekly

Prof. Dr. med. Adriano Aguzzi
Editor in chief
Swiss Medical Weekly
Institute of Neuropathology
Universitätsspital Zürich

Dominik Bolliger