“Interdisciplinary research to analyse the relationship between ethics, law and psychosocial as well as medical sciences”


Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald
Department of Health and Prevention, Germany

The coordination of the project is carried out by Silke Schmidt at the University of Greifswald in the Heinz-Nixdorf Department of Health and Prevention, which is situated at the Institute of Psychology.
The Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald is one of the highly reputed universities in Germany. The Heinz-Nixdorf Department of Health and Prevention is a new department founded on January 2009. The first research group is focussing on the psychological factors related to telemedicine and new technologies. It is truly interdisciplinary in its research strategy and the research projects. The Department of Health and Prevention will both be related to the Medical Faculty as well as the University. It will also be associated with the Institute of Community Medicine, which is unique in the European research landscape. Health technology assessment of personal health monitoring technologies is one focus of the department in this area. The Telemedicine and Health Service Research Group has specialised in analysing the impact of health telematics and telemonitoring on patients, care providers as well as processes such as the doctor-patient-relationship.

Research coordinator

Professor Silke Schmidt, is head of the department; and has a focus on patient consequences of personal health monitoring and health service research that particularly focuses on the scientific analyses of ethical and psychosocial consequences for patients.


Dieter Rhode (Project Manager)
Holger Mühlan (Scientific Coordination)
Katrin Stegemann (Technical Support)
Svenja Lau (Student Assistant)



Linköping University, Sweden I De Montfort University, United Kingdom I Law Firm Callens, Belgium I University Medicine Göttingen, Germany I National Institute of Health and Medical Research, France I University Utrecht, Netherlands


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The Centre for Applied Ethics (CTE) at the LIU was founded in 1994. CTE is a multidisciplinary institution devoted to research and teaching in applied ethics and acts as a meeting point for researchers and teachers who deal with applied ethics in various parts of the university. CTE coordinates an international Erasmus Mundus Programme in applied ethics.
CTE is together with seven European institutions a partner of an EU- supported, FW 6 programme, project, EDIG (Ethical Dilemmas due to Prenatal and Genetics Diagnostics).


Principal Investigator: Professor Göran Collste
Professor Anders Nordgren (Director of CTE)
Dr. Elin Palm (Research Fellow)


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The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) was established in 1995 and has gained an impressive reputation as a key player in the international research network for the ethical and social implications of ICT. CCSR studies the social, organisational and ethical impacts of ICT. Its approach is interdisciplinary. By invitation, members have informed the European Commission on ethical policy for FP7, electronic patient records and medical websites; UNESCO on the impact of technological advances; and the British Government on electronic voting, social inclusions and smart technology.
CCSR has done research relating to codes of ethics, conduct and practice for five professional bodies: ACM, ACS, BCS, IEEE-CS, and IMIS. CCSR has led in the dissemination of research outcomes through its leading web portal; running the ETHICOMP conference series; and editing the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, recently acquired by Emerald.


Principal investigator: Professor Simon Rogerson
Dr. N. Ben Fairweather (Senior Research Fellow)
Dr. Sara Wilford (Research Fellow)


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Callens Lawfirm is a small enterprise that is dealing only with health law. The lawfirm was created in 2000 and gives legal opinions for public authorities, hospitals, the industry, healthcare professionals and international patient organizations. The director of Callens lawfirm, Stefaan Callens is also professor of health law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and affiliated with the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and the Law of this University.


Principal Investigator: Professor Stefaan Callens
Kim Cierkens (Research Assistant)


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The Deptartment of Medical Informatics  is part of a transfaculty-centre of applied informatics. The department has focussed on management issues and technology assessment of new developments in health informatics. With a staff of 18 plus many students the Department is one of the major research units in informatics at the university. Currently it is establishing a new research project dealing with decision support for patients and doctors in a holistic approach. Since 2000 the Dept. has focussed on methodological questions of scientific research collaboratives and grid technology.
The project will be run by the “Point of Care 2020” working group of the Department, headed by Murat Gök. This working group is industry orientated and cooperates with several major medical technology suppliers in Germany and Europe. From this work it has gained experiences with monitoring equipment e.g. intelligent beds or dementia support technology.
The department has closely cooperated with the Academy of Ethics in Medicine in Göttingen and managed one of its EU-projects together with the Academy.


Principal Investigator: Professor Otto Rienhoff
Murat Gök (Research Assistant)
Gunnar Nußbeck (Research Assistant)



The National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) is the main public body devoted to research in biomedicine and health in France. INSERM directly participates in the diffusion of health research at the international level through cooperative agreements with European countries, industrialized countries and developing countries, free exchanges of researchers, joint research project and training programmes.
Because ethics is high on the list of its priorities, INSERM has established an International Ethics Office to coordinate all the activities in the field of ethics, its major mission being to address ethical issues arising from biomedical research, especially in international collaborative projects.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Eugénia Lamas
Alicja Szofer-Araya (Research Assistant)
Claire Speissmann (Research Assistant)



Founded in July 2003, the Institute builds upon the University's 15 years of experience in research, education and consultancy in the fields of bio-ethics and health law. It is also involved in various programmes at Utrecht and other universities and increasingly provides courses for third parties (e.g. training courses for other universities or for staff in care institutions).
All ethics research conducted by Utrecht University resides within the Ethics Institute. The key strengths of their applied research lie in issues relating to healthcare ethics, methodology of applied ethics, ethics in relation to law, information technology, economics and public policy as well as the relationship between social sciences and ethics.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Marcel Verweij
Dr. Annemarie Kalis (Research Associate)