Health Ethics and Policy Lab

Our group focuses on ethical and policy challenges in personalised medicine and digital health. Thanks to recent advances in genomics, omics and data intensive research, medicine and healthcare are at an inflection point. Such progress holds great promise for improving individual and population health, while also presenting unprecedented ethical and regulatory challenges in areas such as privacy, individual freedom and risk policy. Thus, in order to harness the full potential of those novel approaches in health care, robust ethical policies are needed to resolve novel and pressing issues.

At the lab, we identify and tackle the key ethical, legal and societal implications (ELSI) of personalised medicine and digital health.  The complexity of these questions calls for an interdisciplinary approach to research in bioethics and health policy, which is why, our team has expertise in philosophy, social science, clinical medicine and public health, health policy, health systems management and law.

Our lab fosters both theoretical and empirically informed experimentation with solutions that can lead to reasonable and ethically robust policies. We pursue high-level scholarship, we participate in international research and policy networks and conduct activities that engage the broader public to the questions we are investigating.

Being an open and collaborative environment our lab welcomes feedback from other research groups, as well as proposals for possible collaborations. If you would like to get in touch with us please contact: Effy Vayena, Prof. Dr.


*Research undertaken in the lab is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.