Christiane Woopen - Biography#

Christiane Woopen is Professor for Ethics and Theory of Medicine at the University of Cologne. There she is Executive Director of the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (ceres), which she initiated as interdepartmental center for research, education, counseling and public outreach on health related issues. ceres has three focus areas: aging and demographic change, health literacy in complex environments as well as health and society in the digital age.

Christiane Woopen is as well Head of Research Unit Ethics and former vice dean for academic development and gender at the University Hospital Cologne. She is coordinator and leader of several international and national research projects concerning ethical aspects of reproductive medicine, neuroethics, quality of life, aging, genome editing as well as digital transformation.

She is former chair of the German Ethics Council, from 2014-2016 President of the 11th Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees, and amongst others until the end of 2017 member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. In April 2017 she has been appointed as chair of the European Group on Ethics of Science and New Technologies (EGE) and since July 2018 she is Co-Chair of the German Data Ethics Commission. In 2018 Woopen was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class.

Prof. Woopen received her medical degree from the University of Bonn and worked in gynecology and obstetrics before focusing on bioethics.

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