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Dr. Sabine Wöhlke

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Since August, 15th 2019 Dr. Sabine Wöhlke has been an interims professor for nursing at the Göttingen Health Campus

Biographical Note

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) (since 2015) [more][external website]

Coordinator of the International Student Survey on the Knowledge and Attitudes towards Donation and Transplantation of Organs/Body Parts (ISSATO) (2018 – 2019) [external website]

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) (2011 –2015) [external website]

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. (2014)

Nurse at the interdisciplinary intensive care unit of the University Hospital Göttingen and the Bathildis hospital in Bad Pyrmont (1994 - 2008)

Dr. phil. Sabine Wöhlke studied Cultural Anthropology/ European Ethnology, Gender Studies and Media Studies and earned her PhD with an interdisciplinary study in the field of medical anthropology/ medical ethics which was awarded by the Georg-August-University Göttingen Germany with honors.

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

Journals (guest editorship)

Wöhlke, Sabine, Schicktanz, Silke (coming 2019): Special issue: Research ethics in empirical ethics studies: Case studies and commentaries, Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE)

Journal Articles

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.

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 (2015): Why take part in personalized oncology research? Genetic misconception and genetic responsibility as critical issues from an ethical perspective, Journal of Oncology.

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.

Book Contributions

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, 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.

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.

Full List of Publications

Poster prize: European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS): Genetic risk information: How do family aspects affect expectations towards predictive genetic tests?, together with J. Perry, Z. Alpinar-Senchan, Lissabon (2018)

GöVIP (Very Important Publications): Why take part in personalised cancer research? Patients' genetic misconception, genetic responsibility and incomprehension of stratification – an empirical-ethical examination, together with J. Perry, A.C. Heßling und S. Schicktanz. In: European Journal of Cancer Care, 8/2016, awarded by the research commission of the University Medical Center Göttingen in the category Clinical Science. (2016)

Science Prize of the Göttingen Foundation Council in the category "Science and the Public", together with S. L. Hansen (2013)

Netzwerktreffen: Familie, Beziehungen, Verwandtschaft und Kooperationen in medikalisierten Alltagen,
new date:
16th - 17th May 2019

[German Programme]

Special Issue: Research ethics in empirical ethics studies: Case stuies and commentaries. In: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE), erscheint vorsl. 2019

Radiobeitrag zum Lehrforschungsprojekt PflegeKultur

Interview mit dem StadtRadio Göttingen

Der Pflegebedarf in unserer Gesellschaft wächst, doch das Berufsbild von Pflegekräften steht oftmals in keinem guten Licht. Welche Motivation bringt Menschen dazu in der Pflege zu arbeiten? Diese und weitere Fragen bestimmten die Arbeit im Lehrforschungsprojekt „PflegeKultur – CareCulture“ an der Universität Göttingen.