Christian Munthe is professor of practical philosophy at the University of Gothenburg. He has worked extensively on ethics and value issues related to reproductive care, person centred care and shared decision-making, relating himself to overarching health policy, as well as collaborating with practitioners in endicronology, genetics, oncology, reproductive health, pediatrics, psychiatry and public health. Presently, he is researching the ethical room for person- and family-centred shared decision-making in antibiotic stewardship, forensic psychiatry and low resource setting cancer care. More information is available here.
Veerle Provoost is a professor of empirical research methods for ethics and bioethics and a postdoctoral researcher of the Bioethics Institute Ghent. She lectures courses in empirical ethics (research master course), qualitative, quantitative and experiment research design and analysis for ethics and bioethics. Her research interests centre on empirical bioethics in the field of reproductive medicine and include mainly lay people's moral decision-making, especially patients' reproductive decision-making (with a focus on decisions about the disposition of surplus cryopreserved embryos, gamete donation, and decisions of deaf people about genetic testing in light of their reproductive planning). She works with several international and interdisciplinary teams of researchers who study (the ethics of) donor conception. You can see Veerle talk about a part of one of these studies in her TED-talk of 2016.
Marian Verkerk, PhD, is Professor of Care Ethics at the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen. Marian Verkerk studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University. In 1985 she obtained her doctorate thesis on Ethics and Welfare Policy at the University of Utrecht. She stands for practically oriented ethics, developed from the bottom-up and from inside-out; which are in connection with the practice-based experiences of people. Ethical issues in the field of palliative and chronic care, but also in the field of care and technology have her specific interest. Besides research, Dr. Verkerk is also interested in the way humans have ' moral conversations ' together. In recent years, the development of methods in this area had her special attention. Especially dialogical methods, which further reflection and responsibility.
Simon Woods, PhD, is Reader in Bioethics and is the Deputy Director of the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre. Peals is an interdisciplinary bioethics research centre producing world class research focused on the social and ethical debates around the contemporary life sciences. PEALS’ research has implications for policy, practice and public participation. Simon is a philosopher who works in bioethics, medical ethics and social philosophy. His early career was as a cancer nurse which provoked his interest in ethical issues such as end of life decisions, clinical research and the relationship between patients, families and health-professionals. His PhD addressed the social and ethical implications of the concept of 'quality of life' as applied to healthcare. His first academic position was at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at Manchester University on focused on the delivery of clinical ethics education for health professionals as well as conducting international research on the values of Palliative care in Europe as a member of the PALLIUM Project. Simon joined PEALS (the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre) at Newcastle University in 2003 where his research interests expanded to include medical technology, genomics, 'Big Data' for health care but he continues to have a strong interest in research ethics, end of life issues and the patient experience. Simon’s most recent research has been focussed on the moral standing of person’s with dementia.
Kristin Zeiler is professor at the Department of Thematic Studies: Technology and Social Change, Linköping University. Her research examines philosophical, ethical, and sociocultural aspects of medical practices and of lived experiences of illness, pain, and embodiment more broadly, often from hermeneutical, phenomenological and empirical philosophy perspectives. She has lead several interdisciplinary research projects, and is currently PI of a project on subjectivity, normativity and agency with/in medical screening practices (the Swedish Research Foundation, 2017-2023). Among her publications is the edited volume Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine (with L. Käll, SUNY Press).
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