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Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz

Phone.: +49(0)551-39 33966
Mail: sschick(at)

Biographical Note

Since April 2010, Silke Schicktanz is full-professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Goettingen. Her Research focuses on the cultural and ethical study of biomedicine.
In 2011 she hold an Adjunct professorship for Philosophy at the San Francisco State University and was 2011-12 visiting research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley by a grant of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation (see
She has studied biology and philosophy at the University of Tübingen from 1991-1997. Her PhD thesis on the ethics of xenotransplantation was approved by the University of Tübingen in 2002.
She held various research positions at the University of Tübingen (1999-2000), at the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine/Forschungszentrum Jülich (2002-2003) and at the Department for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at the University of Muenster (2004-2005). Being interested in public dialogue and engagement, she was project leader of the first nation-wide citizen conference on genetic testing, held at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden (1/2001-2/2002).
She was reviewer for the  ERC Advanced Review Panel SH4 (2009-2013; 2015-2017)

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  • cultural differences in bioethics (esp. organ donation, genetic testing, ageing and dying, personalized medicine)
  • Role of body and identity in bioethics
  • Normative and lay concepts of autonomy, trust, and responsibility
  • Lay people and patients' perspective in bioethics and health politics
  • Relationship between ethics and empirical studies

J. Leefmann, M. Schaper, S. Schicktanz (2017): The concept of “Genetic Responsibility” and its meanings: A systematic review of qualitative medical sociology literature, Frontiers in Sociology

A.E. Raz, S. Schicktanz (2016): Comparative Empirical Bioethics: Dilemmas of Genetic Testing and Euthanasia in Israel and Germany, Berlin, New York, Springer.

S. Schicktanz, T. Amelung, J.W. Rieger (2015): Qualitative assessment of patients’ attitudes and expectations towards BCIs and implications for future technology development Front. Syst. Neurosci. doi:10.3389/fnsys.2015.00064

B. Prainsack, S. Schicktanz, G. Werner-Felmayer (Eds.)(2014): Genetics as Social Practice: Transdisciplinary Views on Science and Culture, Ashgate

S. Schicktanz, M. Schweda, J. Ballenger, P. Fox, J. Halpern, J.H. Kramer, G. Micco, S.G. Post, C. Thompson, R.T. Knight, W.J. Jagust (2014): Before it is too late: Professional responsibilities in late-onset Alzheimer’s research and pre-symptomatic prediction Front. Hum. Neurosci. 2014, Published on 20 Nov 2014, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00921

S. Schicktanz (2015): The ethical legitimacy of patients organozations’ involvment in politics and knowledge production: epistemic justice as conceptual basis. In: “The Public Shaping of Medical Research: Patient Associations, Health Movements and Biomedicine (Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness) 2015, edited by Peter Wehling, Willy Viehöver, Sofia Koenen.

M. Mertz, J. Inthorn, G. Renz, L.G. Rothenberger, S. Salloch, J. Schildmann, S. Wöhlke, S. Schicktanz: Research across the disciplines: a road map for quality criteria in empirical ethics research BMC medical ethics Published on 01 Mar 2014, doi:10.1186/1472-6939-15-17