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Dr. phil. Sabine Wöhlke

Research interests

Dr. phil. Sabine Wöhlke received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology awarded by the Georg-August-University Göttingen Germany with honors. In 2014 she finalized her PhD with the title: Medical anthropological perspectives towards decisions and motivations of living kidney donations with a special focus on gender differences (translated title; original in German). The project outline as a PDF file (click here) to download.

She completed her studies in Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. From 2006 to 2010 she was a research assistant for Prof. Dr. S. Schicktanz at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Göttingen. From 2010 to 2015 she was a research fellow for and the project coordinator of the clinical subproject “Ethical aspects in individualized rectal cancer therapy: patients’ expectations and attitudes toward prognostic tests using biomarkers - A socio-empirical and medical-ethical analysis” (Clinical research group 179/2: Biological Basis of Individual Tumor Response in Patients with Rectal Cancer) (funded by the DFG); www.KFO179. Since 2015 she is as a research fellow (post doc) involved in the joint European research program: Mind the risk. Ethical, psychological and social implications of provision of risk information from genetic and related technologies (funded by the Swedish Riksbankens Jublieumsfond for Social Sciences and Humanities); in coop. with Prof. Hanson (PI, project coordinator, SE), Prof. Schicktanz (DE), Prof. Pravettoni (IT), Prof. Payne (UK), Prof. Bouder (BE) (

Her main interests lie in ethical aspects of (predictive) genetic testing; qualitative social-empirical research; and ethical and medical anthropological research on organ transplantation.

  • Body images and body concepts in medicine
  • Knowledge of medical lay people

Publications (only english)

Complete list of Publication (PDF)

Schaper, Manuel, Wöhlke, Sabine, Schicktanz, Silke (2018): "I would rather have it done by a doctor" - Laypeople's perceptions of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing (DTC GT) and its ethical implications. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

Sabine Wöhlke, Julia Perry, Silke Schicktanz (2018): Physicians’ communication patterns for motivating colorectal cancer patients to biomarker research: empirical insights and ethical issues. Clinical Ethics.

Mark Schweda, Sabine Wöhlke (2017): Age and generational relations in organ donation: An emerging field of empirical research and ethical controversy. In: Weimar, Willem, Massay Emma (eds.): ‘Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Transplantation. Global Challenges’, Pabst Publishers, S. 44-52.

Sabine Wöhlke (2017): Self-determination in living organ donation: an empirically informed contribution to ethical issues in decision making, Dilemata, 27, S. 1-18.

Silke Schicktanz, Sabine Wöhlke (2017): The utterable and unutterable anthropological meaning of the body in the context of organ transplantation, Dilemata, 27, S. 107-127.

Julia Perry, Sabine Wöhlke, Arndt Heßling & Silke Schicktanz (2016): Why take part in personalised cancer research? Patients’ genetic misconception, genetic responsibility and incomprehension of stratification – an empirical-ethical examination, European Journal of Cancer Care, 00:1-12. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12563.

Solveig Lena Hansen, Sabine Wöhlke (2016): Contrasting Medical Technology with Deprivation and Social Vulnerability. Lessons for the Ethical Debate on Cloning and Organ Transplantation Through the Film „Never Let Me Go” (2010), Nanoethics, DOI 10.1007/s11569-016-0275-0.

Sabine Wöhlke & Claudia Wiesemann (2016): Moral distress im Pflegealltag und seine Bedeutung für die Implementierung von Advance Care Planning, In: Pflege & Wissenschaft, 5, 18, S. 280-288.

Mark Schweda, Julia Inthorn & Sabine Wöhlke (2015): Not the years in themselves count": The role of age for European citizens' moral attitudes towards resource allocation in modern biomedicine" Journal of Public Health, DOI 10.1007/s10389-015-0664-9.

Julia Perry, Sabine Wöhlke, Arndt Heßling & Silke Schicktanz (voraus. 2015): Why take part in personalized oncology research? Genetic misconception and genetic responsibility as critical issues from an ethical perspective, Journal of Oncology [submitting 8/2015]

Sabine Wöhlke, Julia Inthorn, & Silke Schicktanz (2015): The Role of Body Concepts for Donation Willingness. Insights from a Survey with German Medical and Economics Students. In: Ralf J. Jox, Galia Assadi, & Georg Marckmann (Hrsg.): Organ Donation in Times of Donor Shortage. Challenges and Solutions, Dordrecht Heidelberg u.a.: Springer, 27-51.

Sabine Wöhlke, Julia Perry and Silke Schicktanz (2015): Taking it Personally: Patients’ Perspectives on Personalised Medicine and its Ethical Relevance. In: Jochen Vollmann, Verena Sandow, Sebastian Wäscher, & Jan Schildmann (Hrsg.): Personalised Medicine: Ethical, Medical, Economic and Legal Critical Perspectives, ASHGATE, S. 129-149.

Julia Inthorn, Sabine Wöhlke, Fabian Schmidt & Silke Schicktanz (2014): Gender and Professional Education Impact on Attitudes towards Financial Incentives for Organ Donation. BMJ  

Silke Schicktanz & Sabine Wöhlke (2014): Assessing the personal perspective. In: International Innovation, 1, p. 18-20.

Solveig Lena Hansen; Sabine Wöhlke (2014): Movies, ready for an ethical debate? Die Göttinger Filmreihe “Komplexe Konflikte” als Diskurs über medizinethische Themen. In: Soziale Technik, 1, S. 5-7. 

Marcel Mertz, Julia Inthorn, Günter Renz, Lilian G. Rothenberger, Sabine Salloch, Jan Schildmann, Sabine Wöhlke, & Silke Schicktanz (2014): Research across the disciplines: Quality criteria for empirical-ethical studies. BioMed Central.

Silke Schicktanz & Sabine Wöhlke (2013): Kulturelle Faktoren bei Entscheidungen zur Therapiebegrenzung. In: Andrej Michalsen & Christiane Hartog (Hrsg.): End-of-life Care in der Intensivmedizin, Kapitel 21, S. 133-139.

Mark Schweda & Sabine Wöhlke (2013): Lasting Bonds and New Connections: Public Views on the Donor-Recipient-Relation and their Implications for the Ethics of Organ Transplantation. In: Amy Zahra & Mary Anne Lauri (Hrsg.): Organ Donation and Transplantation: An Interdisciplinary Approach, New York: Nova.

Sabine Wöhlke (2013): The morality of giving and receiving living kidneys: Empirical findings on opinions of affected patients. In: Gurch Randhawa & Silke Schicktanz (Hrsg.): Public Engagement in Organ Donation and Transplantation (from the ELPAT Public Issues Working Group), Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers, S. 144-152.

Silke Schicktanz, Claudia Wiesemann, & Sabine Wöhlke (Hrsg.): Teaching Ethics in Organ Transplantation and Tissue Donation: Cases and Movies. In Kooperation mit Amnon Carmi – UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, (2010), 81 Seiten.

Silke Schicktanz, Mark Schweda, & Sabine Wöhlke (2010): Gender issues in living organ donation: medical, social and ethical aspects. In: Ineke Klinge & Claudia Wiesemann (Hrsg.): Sex and Gender in Biomedicine – Theorie, Methodologies, Results, Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, S. 33-55.