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Symposium: Ethical Issues in Big Data Research, 29. November 2018

Big 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 symposium is to explore some of the most pressing ethical issues, including anonymization, protection of human subjects, fairness and data protection. To this end, researchers from multiple fields will discuss their own experiences of the promises and challenges of data-driven research involving human subjects, and share their insights on ethics in big data with the symposium attendees.



IBMB Interdisciplinary Bioethics School, 16.-18. October 2018

The workshop is open to all interested persons. Please register at

Flyer Bioethics School 2018

Förderpreis der Josef und Luise Kraft-Stiftung München, "Menschenrechte und Ethik in der Medizin für Ältere", 2018

The award goes to Dr. Tenzin Wangmo, Dr. Violet Handtke, Dr. Wiebke Bretschneider for their research on „Menschenrechte und Ethik: Die Gesundheitsversorgung von älteren inhaftierten Personen“

PhD Dissertation Award - Academic Year 2016/17. Medical Feaculty, University of Basel, September 201: Dr. Priya Satalkar

Title of dissertation: "Challenges of translational research in cutting edge medical technology: A case of first-in-human (FIH) trials ofmedical applications of nanotechnology", Basel 2015

Vontobel-Preis für Alter(n)sforschung 2018

Dr. Marcello Ienca and Dr. Tenzin Wangmo receive the prize for their research on "Intelligent Assistive Technology for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: A Systematic Review", (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 56 (2017), 1301–1340), Ko-AutorInnen und Ko-Autoren: Jotterand Fabrice, Bernice Elger, Maurizio Caon, Alessandro Scoccia Pappagallo & Reto W. Kressig


How integral is integrity to your research?

What is academic integrity? How do we acquire it? Who sets the rules? These are some of the questions that ethicist Priya Satalkar discusses in her contribution on Sci Five.

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The determinants of individual health care expenditures in prison: evidence from Switzerland

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The law as a barrier to error disclosure: A misguided focus

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Can routine data from prisoners' files be used to estimate prevalence rates of illicit drug use among prisoners?

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Feelings of Burden in Palliative Care: A Qualitative Analysis of Medical Records.

Care for palliative care patients is often provided by unpaid caregivers (eg, family members) who take care of the patient's daily needs (eg, bathing, dressing). Family members of palliative care patients are involved in numerous ways....

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The Ethics of Health Care Delivery in a Pediatric Malaria Vaccine Trial: The Perspectives of Stakeholders From Ghana and Tanzania

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Menschenrechte und Ethik in der Medizin für Ältere. 2018

Dr. Tenzin Wangmo, Dr. Violet Handtke, Dr. Wiebke Bretschneider

Vontobel-Preis für Alter(n)sforschung 2018 goes to Dr. Marcello Ienca, Dr. Tenzin Wangmo


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