Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Ethics (PAPE) Research Group

The PAPE Research group at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine investigates ethical challenges within the vast fields of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and their intersections to other medical specialties (especially to palliative care), law, society, and technology. In most of our research projects, we combine empirical with conceptual/ethical/philosophical approaches.


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Current Pape projects

PAPE research group leader is PD Dr. med. Dr. phil. Manuel Trachsel, Senior Research Fellow at the IBME and head of the Clinical Ethics Unit at the University Hospital of Basel, the University Psychiatric Clinics Basel, and the Geriatric University Clinic FELIX PLATTER Basel, Switzerland.

Currently, Manuel Trachsel, Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno, three research fellows (Jan Schürmann, Charlotte Wetterauer, Anna Westermair), four PhD students (Sophie Gloeckler, Tania Manriquez Roa, Jana Sedlakova, Tobias Zürcher), and two MD doctoral students (Julia Stoll, Raphael Singh) are involved in PAPE research projects along with collaborators of several national and international universities. 

Former members of the group are Martina Hodel, Helena Hermann, Violette Corre and Yahel Appenzeller


Publications are usually associated to one of the nine research projects.

Not directly attributed books are:

  • Kaufmann, P., Trachsel, M., & Walther C. (2020). Sterbefasten. Fallbeispiele zur Diskussion über den Freiwilligen Verzicht auf Nahrung und Flüssigkeit. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Trachsel, M., Gaab, J., & Biller-Andorno, N. (2018). Psychotherapie-Ethik. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  • Trachsel, M. (Ed.) (2018). End-of-Life Care. Psychologische, ethische, spirituelle und rechtliche Aspekte der letzten Lebensphase. Bern: Hogrefe.
  • Trachsel, M., & Noyon, A. (2017). Ratgeber Lebensende, Sterben und Tod: Informationen für Betroffene und Angehörige. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  • Trachsel, M., & Maercker, A. (2016). Lebensende, Sterben und Tod. Fortschritte der Psychotherapie. Göttingen: Hogrefe.