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!
New publication: Factors associated with post-acute discharge location after hospital stay: a cross-sectional study from a Swiss hospitalBettina M. Zimmermann, Insa Koné, Michael Rost, Agnes Leu, Tenzin Wangmo, Bernice S. Elger
New publication: Participatory Disease Surveillance Systems: Ethical FrameworkLester 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. ElgerAbstract: 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...
Award: Prix Jean-Marie Auby 2019 goes to Eloïse Gennet for her doctoral dissertation Vulnerable people and clinical trials. Reflexions in European lawEvery second year, the French Association for Health Law is awarding a PhD prize. Eloïse Gennet is one of the two PhD graduates to have been awarded the "Prix Jean-Marie Auby 2019" for her doctoral dissertation entitled "Vulnerable people...
Award: Prix de droit européen, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Aix-Marseille University, FrancePhD prize in European law for the best thesis on a topic related to European Union law or European law. Title: VULNERABLE PEOPLE AND CLINICAL TRIALS Reflections on European law. Dr. Éloïse Gennet.
New publication: Palliative care initiation in pediatric oncology patients: A systematic reviewBrian T. Cheng; Michael Rost; Eva De Clercq; Louisa Arnold; Bernice S. Elger; Tenzin Wangmo
Studie zum Unterstützungsbedarf von pflegenden AngehörigenIm Rahmen eines Forschungsprojekts an der Universität Basel werden pflegende Angehörige und Freunde von an ALS erkrankten Personen zu ihrem Unterstützungsbedarf interviewt. Für das Projekt werden noch Teilnehmende gesucht, die sich derzeit...
Symposium: Ethical Issues in Big Data Research, 29. November 2018Big Data is increasingly used in science, the humanities and medicine and to generate novel evidence based findings across multiple disciplines. However, research using big data also raises important ethical questions. The aim of the...
IBMB Interdisciplinary Bioethics School, 16.-18. October 2018The workshop is open to all interested persons. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org Flyer Bioethics School 2018
Förderpreis der Josef und Luise Kraft-Stiftung München, "Menschenrechte und Ethik in der Medizin für Ältere", 2018The award (second prize) has been attributed to PD Dr. Tenzin Wangmo, Dr. Violet Handtke, Dr. Wiebke Bretschneider and Prof. Dr. Bernice Elger from IBMB for their research on „Menschenrechte und Ethik: Die Gesundheitsversorgung von...
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Institute for Biomedical Ethics
Bernoullistrasse 28 - 2nd Floor
Tel: +41 61 207 17 86