Inaugural Lecture Annelien Bredenoord
On Friday March 2, Annelien Bredenoord, professor of "Biomedical Innovation Ethics", gave her inaugural lecture in which she addressed the following question: Can ethics save medical science?
Annelien believes that "ethics can at least provide first aid in (bio)medical science." Considered too abstract and too theoretical in the 1960s, ethics became increasingly important due to the advancement of major medical innovations. Especially today, (bio)medical science without medical ethics is inconceivable: "We aim for ethics that accompany biomedical innovations – from the inside out – from the lab to the community."
Annelien Bredenoord works at the Julius Center. Her research focuses on ethical and social issues relating to new technologies in medical science. Stem-cell research, regenerative medicine and use of biobanks are topics that she looks into, collaborating with other disciplines wherever possible. Professor Bredenoord is also involved in education at the Faculty of Medicine, giving lectures and classes in research ethics and philosophy of science.