Welcome to the Institute for Biomedical Ethics

The Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel (IBMB) is a vibrant centre for research on and teaching about ethical issues in medicine and the biosciences. The Institute was founded in 2011 and is affiliated with both the Science and Medical Faculties at the University of Basel – a unique situation for an ethics institute in Switzerland.

The IBMB has over a dozen PhD students and a team of senior researchers and post-docs working on a wide variety of projects in biomedical ethics. The IBMB’s researchers are committed to an interdisciplinary endeavour aimed at finding ethical solutions to dilemmas raised by both new and traditional practices in biomedical ethics, including cutting-edge technologies, organ donation, palliative care, and research in developing countries, to name only a few. Our research combines empirical fieldwork, including interviews with stakeholders and members of the public, and normative, theoretical analysis. IBMB researchers have won several grants from the SNF, SAMW and other major funders and frequently publish in major bioethics, medical and science journals.

IBMB members are also highly involved in teaching, providing ethics courses for undergraduate students and postgraduate scientists and doctors. A variety of courses are open to the public, including the twice-yearly “Contemporary Issues in Bioethics” lecture series that integrates a lively dialogue with visiting speakers.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, are looking for a PhD student or post-doc job, need ethical input on your own project, or would like us to provide ethics related courses/workshops for your students or research team, please get in touch with us!

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Award: 2019 Paul Wainwright Postgraduate Nursing Ethics Student Essay Prize goes to Christopher Poppe

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ESHG Poster Award 2019

European Human Genetics Conference Gothenburg, Sweden. Poster Award 2019. For the conference poster “Most issues covered but not in their full complexity: a newspaper content analysis of ethical issues in predictive genetic testing”:...

New publication: Quantitative Ratings and Narrative Comments on Swiss Physician Rating Websites: Frequency Analysis

By Dr. Stuart Mc Lennan

Award: Prix de thèse Aix-Marseille Université 2018 for Eloïse Gennet and her thesis on vulnerable people and clinical trials

Eloïse Gennet ranked first within the legal faculty and obtained a PhD prize from Aix-Marseille University for her doctoral dissertation entitled "Vulnerable people and clinical trials. Reflexions in European law".

Summer School Ethics, the Internet and the Society 19th-21st June 2019

The Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel welcomes you tothe Summer School: Ethics, the Internet and the Society. Read more

Symposium: Ethical Issues in Big Data Research

Das Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik (IBMB) und die Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Biomedizinische Ethik (SGBE) freuen sich, Sie zum zweiten Symposium zum Thema “Ethical Issues in Big Data Research” einzuladen. Big Data wird in den...

New Publication: Practicality of Acute and Transitional Care and its consequences in the era of SwissDRG: a focus group study

Tenzin Wangmo, Yvonne Padrutt, Insa Koné, Thomas Gächter, Bernice S. Elger, Agnes Leu

New publication: Factors associated with post-acute discharge location after hospital stay: a cross-sectional study from a Swiss hospital

Bettina M. Zimmermann, Insa Koné, Michael Rost, Agnes Leu, Tenzin Wangmo, Bernice S. Elger

New publication: Participatory Disease Surveillance Systems: Ethical Framework

Lester Darryl Geneviève, Andrea Martani, Tenzin Wangmo, Daniela Paolotti, Carl Koppeschaar, Charlotte Kjelsø, Caroline Guerrisi, Marco Hirsch, Olivia Woolley-Meza, Paul Lukowicz, Antoine Flahault, Bernice Simone Elger

New Publication: Big Data and discrimination: perils, promises and solutions. A systematic review. M. Favaretto, E. De Clercq, S. Elger

Abstract: Background Big Data analytics such as credit scoring and predictive analytics offer numerous opportunities but also raise considerable concerns, among which the most pressing is the risk of discrimination. Although this issue...
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Contact and Address of the
Institute of Biomedical Ethics
Bernoullistrasse 28 - 2nd Floor
4056 Basel
Switzerland

Tel: +41 61 207 17 86
Fax: +41 61 207 17 83