Sarah Boers (Rotterdam, 1988) studied medicine at the University Medical Center in Utrecht and obtained her master's degree in 2014. Already during her studies she developed a special interest in medical ethics.
In October 2014 she started as a PhD candidate in medical ethics under supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans van Delden and Dr. Annelien Bredenoord. In her PhD project she focuses on the "Ethics of Organoid Technology". Organoid technoloy is a novel stem cell technology with a great promise for personalized medicine, drug development, and regenerative medicine. In this project her main emphasis is on the ethical challenges that surround biobanking: the donation, storage of use of mini-organs for scientific, clinical, and commercial aims.
As off June 2016 she combines finishing her PhD with a ZonMw funded project, entitled 'The ethics of first-in-human organoid transplantation'. In this project she shifts her focus to the translation of organoids from bench to bedside. How to design an ethically sound first-in-human organoid trial, together with a multidisciplinary team, while taking into account the needs and preferences of patients?
In addition, she is involved in teaching several courses at the faculty of medicine and the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
Medical ethics, with a special focus on medical innovation, genomics, stem cells, organoids, biobanking and ownership of biological material.
General practice and primary care.