Biomedical Ethics

Biomedical ethics asks how we can act ethically in modern medical practice and research. Apart from ‘classical’ issues of clinical ethics, such as those in end of life-decision making or transplantation, the field also deals with the ethical implications of biomedical innovation. The ethical challenges and complexities of such innovation are central research themes, which include a wide range of topics ranging from compassionate use of experimental therapies to the impact of ‘big-data’ research within the newer ‘-omics’-disciplines. The discipline also contributes to larger societal debates, such as that surrounding the fair allocation of scarce resources in aging societies, or the multiple issues at stake in public health ethics. Finally, biomedical research increasingly has a significant global dimension which creates new ethical challenges, while major ethical issues associated with global health inequalities have also recently come into focus.

The department of biomedical ethics covers activities from all areas of the field. Specific research projects are detailed on the respective pages.

Apart from research, the department is in charge of teaching medicine, history and philosophy of medicine in the medical school, and offers other, extra-curricular lectures and seminars.

Clinical ethics consultation at UKSH is available on the phone, as a clinical-ethics consult, or as moderated ethical case discussions on the ward. Please call or email any time.

Prof. Claudia Bozzaro, Kiel University (CAU), Institute for Experimental Medicine, Germany






Gabriele Eilenberger
Tel: +49 431 / 500 - 30331
business hours: monday till thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clinical Ethics Consultancy

The Institute organises clinical and ethical counselling in the UKSH and is accessible to all employees, patiens and their relatives:

Consiles or case meetings on the ward can be arranged at short notice.

With the adoption of the rules of procedere in September 2017, the Clinical Ethics Committee (KEK) at Capus Kiel was able to begin its work. The ethics committee of the UKSH, Campus Kiel, serves as an independent body for advice, orientation and information on medical-ethical clinical issues. It sees itself at a forum for controversial moral decision-making and offers the opportunity to reflect on and process pending or already made decisions in an interdiscilplinary and interprofessional ethical manner.

The Clinical Ethics Committee is NOT responsible for questions of advice on research projects, drug studies, etc. responsible. The Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medicine of the Kiel University, Germany is responsible for research ethics and legl issues. In these cases, please contact directly:  Ethik-Kommission.

Consulting Service Research Ethics

Anyone planning a collection of biomaterials or wanting to conduct research with clinical samples needsthe vote of the responsible ethics committee. An essential component of an ethics application is the information and consent documents for patients, test persons and participants. 

To prepare these documents for submission to the Ethics Committee offers the Biobanken-Netzwerk P2N of the Fakulty of Medicine (CAU) a research ethics advisery service Beratungsservice Forschungsethik , which advises medical and scientific colleagues on the ethical, legal and social aspects of their application. These offer helps to reduce the application and appraisal costs for both scientists and the Ethics Committee and is thus a complementary component for increasing efficiency of medical research on CAU.

As supporting material, a generic modular explanation and declaration of concent for patients and test persons was developed, which is based on the current model text of the Working Group of Medical Ethical Commissions in Germany (AKEK). This generic sample document has already received a vot of approval from the Ethic Committee of the Faculty of Medicine at Kiel University and opens up the possibility of an broad consent for the use of biomaterials and associated medical data for current and future research projects.

Studies and research projects, as well as biobanks seeking an broad consent for the use of data and biomaterials, have the option of using the above-mentioned document while adapting less degree-specific aspects.

further information on the website UKSH

Gesine Richter, MA, MBA