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Barbara Prainsack

Professor for Comparative Policy Analysis, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

Positions held

2018-2019 to today Collaborator(s),


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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.

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.