Prof. Dr. Barbara Prainsack

Barbara Prainsack is a Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, and at the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King’s College London. Her work explores the social, regulatory and ethical dimensions of biomedicine and bioscience. Current research projects focus on personalised and “precision” medicine, on citizen participation in science and medicine, the role of solidarity in medicine and healthcare, as well as regulatory and social aspects of forensic DNA technologies. Her latest books include: Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21st Century? (NYU University Press, 2017); Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond (with Alena Buyx, Cambridge University Press, 2017), and Genetics as Social Practice (ed. with Silke Schicktanz and Gabriele Werner-Felmayer, Routledge, 2014).

Barbara Prainsack is a member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies advising the European Commission, the Austrian National Bioethics Committee advising the federal government in Vienna, and a Board Member of the Austrian Platform for Personalised Medicine. She is also a member of the British Royal Society of Arts and an elected foreign member of the Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters.

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