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University Medical Center Groningen

ELSI research team

Core team

PI/programme leader Prof. Irene van Langen (clinical genetics)
Dr. Els Maeckelberghe (ethics)
Prof. dr. Anneke Lucassen
Prof. Adelita Ranchor (psychology)
Dr. Erwin Birnie (economics, epidemiology)
Dr. Mirjam Plantinga (economics, ethics, sociology
Dr. Imke Christiaans (clinical geneticist)
Bote Smid (program/research assistant)

PhD students

Karin Nieuwhof (screening and follow-up of cardiogenetics)
Juliette Schuurmans, Joint PhD ELSI/CELS, (ELSI aspects of implementing preconception screening)
Jan Voorwinden (ELSI aspects of communication in genetic counselling)
Julia El Mecky, Joint PhD ELSI/CELS (ELSI aspects of next-generation sequencing and handling of incidental findings)

Team members' profiles can be found here

Samenwerking met ELSI

Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton (CELS). CELS explores the application of ethics and law in clinical practice. Anneke Lucassen, one of the directors of CELS, held a visiting professorship in UMCG, Groningen (Bijtel chair), from 2014-2016. The ELSI research group in Groningen hosted her visits. Part of the ongoing collaboration between UMCG and CELS is a rolling programme of joint PhD projects, which started with the first PhD student, Juliette Schuurmans, in 2015.


The ELSI research team has opportunities for short-term researchers, interns and trainees. The team is always looking for enthusiastic students who want to perform research on ELSI aspects of genetics. In recent years students with very different backgrounds (in medicine, psychology, human technology, science business and policy, and communication sciences for example) have been trainees in the ELSI group. Contact Dr. Mirjam Plantinga (m.plantinga for more information.

At this moment we have a student internship available. We are looking for an enthousiastic student that will  research for his or her thesis  whether the form and content of genetic counseling (still) matches the needs of the patients. For more information you can check the vacancy on the UMCG website here.

See also student reports on their internships in the Dept of Genetics.

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