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.

For medical governance and research ethics issues, please contact Prof. Buyx directly.

Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx, professor of biomedical ethics, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Institute for Experimental Medicine

Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx