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Barbara Prainsack

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2018-2019 à aujourd'hui Membre collaborateur-trice,


I am a political scientist with expertise in the regulatory, social, and ethical dimensions of bioscience, biomedicine, and forensics. In the medical realm, my work focuses on personalised medicine and the ‘participatory turn’ in generating, analysing, and interpreting data. In the realm of forensics I have been interested in the impact of forensic technologies on attitudes and strategies of prisoners, the societal and regulatory dimensions of forensic bioinformation exchange, and phenotypic DNA profiling. I also explore how the concept of solidarity can guide policy and practice in both of these domains.

Recent books: ‘Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21st Century?’ (New York University Press, 2017); ‘Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond’ (with Alena Buyx, Cambridge University Press, 2017); ‘Tracing Technologies: Prisoners’ Views in the Era of CSI’ (with Helena Machado, Routledge, 2012), and ‘Das Solidaritätsprinzip’ (‘The solidarity principle’, with Alena Buyx, Campus 2016; in German). An edited volume on ‘Investigating Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Theory and Practice Across Disciplines’ (with Scott Frickel and Mathieu Albert, Rutgers University Press) was published in 2016, and the Routledge Handbook on Genomics, Health & Society (ed. with Sahra Gibbon, Stephen Hilgartner, and Janelle Lamoreaux) was published in 2018 .


I am currently a member of the National Bioethics Council advising the Federal government in Vienna, Austria, and a member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies advising the European Commission.