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Members of the Austrian Bioethics Commission

25 members representing the fields of medicine (especially reproduction medicine, gynaecology, psychiatry, oncology, and pathology), molecular biology and genetics, law, sociology, philosophy and theology.

Gruppenbild Bioethikkommission © BKA/Andreas Wenzel

The Austrian Bioethics Commission consists of 25 members representing the fields of medicine (especially reproduction medicine, gynaecology, psychiatry, oncology, and pathology), molecular biology and genetics, law, sociology, philosophy and theology. The length of the term is three years and membership renewals are possible. A chair person and two vice chair persons are appointed by the Federal Chancellor. 

Christiane Druml

Christiane Druml

UNESCO – Chair on Bioethics of the Medical University of Vienna, Director of the Josephinum – Ethics, Collections and History of Medicine; Key researcher of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases (LBI-RUD); former Vice Rector of the Medical University of Vienna (2011-2015); former Member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (2008-2015); Member of the National Health Council.

Chair of the Austrian Bioethics Commission

Markus Hengstschläger

Markus Hengstschläger

Professor for Medical Genetics, Head of the Centre for Path Biochemistry and Genetics at the Medical University of Vienna, Head of the Institute for Medical Genetics at the Medical University of Vienna, Chair Member of the Austrian Society of Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology, Vice President of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development.

 First Vice Chair of the Austrian Bioethics Commission

Peter Kampits

Peter Kampits

Professor for Philosophy at the University of Vienna, at present Professor for Medical Ethics at the Donau University of Krems, former Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education Studies at the University of Vienna, Head of the Research Platform for Ethics and Science at the University of Vienna, Deputy General Director of the ICU Dubrovnik, Chair Member of the European Society for Philosophy, Ethics and Health Care (ESPMH), Member of the supervisory board at the private Foundation Sigmund Freud, Member in several Ethics Commissions at Austrian Hospitals and other Institutions (for example University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Academia Superior etc.).

Second Vice Chair of the Austrian Bioethics Commission

Matthias Beck

Matthias Beck

Associate Professor for Moral Theology with a specification for Medical Ethics, Expert at the German Bundestag, Memberships: Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) in Brussels, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academy for Medical Ethics, European Society for Catholic Theology (ESCT/ET), International Association for Moral Theology and Social Ethics, Association of Bioethicists in Central Europe (BCE), Member of the "Pontifical Academy for Life" in the Vatican.

Alois Birklbauer

Alois Birklbauer

Professor for Criminal Law at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz since October 2009, Head of the Department for Practice of Criminal Law Sciences and Medical Criminal Law. Member of several sociopolitical Commissions (Commission for Victims Protection Upper Austria, Commission for Criminal Law Execution Upper Austria, Advisory Council for Human Rights BMI) and parliamentary Committee (Commission of enquiry for the reform of the criminal law sanctions, Sub-Committee for the reform of the code of criminal procedure).

Andrea Bronner

Andrea Bronner

Psychoanalytic Association of Vienna, Specialist in Psychiatry and Neurology. Vice Chair of the Psychoanalytic Association of Vienna.

Christian Egarter

Christian Egarter

Associate Professor for Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, Head of the Department for Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine, President of the "Austrian Society for Sterility, Fertility, and Endocrinology".

Thomas Frühwald

Thomas Frühwald

Specialist for Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Board Member of the Austrian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology. 2008, conferment of the title "Professor". 2010, Ignatius Nascher Award for Geriatrics of the City of Vienna. Member of the Vienna Advisory Council for Bioethics and Medical Ethics. Member of the Advisory Council for Geriatrics at the Federal Ministry of Health.

 Ludwig Kaspar

Ludwig Kaspar

Specialist in Internal Medicine (Cardiology and Intensive Medicine), Medical Head of the Health Website Netdoktor.at GmbH, former Head of the Healthcare Centre Sanatorium Hera, former Speaker of the Austrian Hospital and Healthcare Services Platform (Austrian Association for public economy and non-profit-making sector VÖWG) and Member of the Steering Committee (HOSPEEM, Brussels).

Lukas Kenner

Ludwig Kaspar

Professor for Molecular Pathology, Institute for Clinical Pathology at the Medical University of Vienna, Head of the Department for Cancer Research at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute.

Maria Kletecka-Pulker

Maria Kletecka-Pulker

General Manager of the Institute for Ethics and Law in Medicine at the University of Vienna, Academic Staff Member at the Medical University of Vienna, Member of the Board of the Austrian Patient Safety Foundation. Specialist in Medical Law.

Ursula Köller

Ursula Köller

Professor for Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics at the Medical University of Vienna, Head of the Institute for Laboratory Medicine (Serology and Infection Diagnostics) at the Hietzing Hospital with Neurological Centre Rosenhügel.

Michael Mayrhofer

Portrait Mayerhofer

Professor for Austrian and European public law at the Johannes Kepler University Linz; head of the Department of Technology Law; head of the LIT Digital Transformation and Law Lab; head of the Austrian Academy of Administrative Jurisdiction.

Johannes Gobertus Meran

Johannes Gobertus Meran

Professor for Internal Medicine, Head of the Department Internal Medicine at the Barmherzige Brüder Hospital of Vienna, Editor of "Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift" (International Medical Journal founded in 1851 in Vienna), Professor for Pastoral Medicine at the Philosophy-Theological College of Heiligenkreuz, Member of the Board of the Austrian Society of Hematology and Oncology.

Stephanie Merckens

Stephanie Merckens

Lawyer, expert for biopolitics, bioethics and human rights, head of the political department of the Institute of Marriage and Family of the Austrian Bishops' Conference.

Siegfried Meryn

Portrait Siegfried Meryn. Foto: Jeff Mangione

Professor at the Teaching Center (previously the Department of Medical Education and Training) at the Medical University of Vienna, internist and professor of internal medicine, secondary specialization in gastroenterology and hepatology. In addition to his many other functions, he is founder of the initiative NEIN ZU KRANK UND ARM ("No to sick and poor"), which is committed to providing quick and unbureaucratic help to sick people experiencing poverty and to mobilizing public support by acting as a mouthpiece for those affected by poverty.

Christina Peters

Portrait Cristina Peters. Foto: priv,

Professor of paediatrics and specialist in paediatric hematology-oncology. Deputy at the department of Stem Cell Transplantation at St. Anna Children's Hospital, Vienna. Member of the Austrian Health Council, the Scientific Committee for Genetic Testing and Gene Therapy, the Scientific Board of AGES (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety), and the Leading Ethics Committee of the Medical University of Vienna. Deputy spokesperson of the Austrian Society for Haematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation. Former head of the Paediatric Diseases Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (2008-2014), member of the European Network of Paediatric Research at the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Barbara Prainsack

Barbara Prainsack

Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, and at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King's College London. Director of the Centre for the Studies of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCos) at the University of Vienna. Member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), of the British Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and elected foreign member of the Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters. Bellagio Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation. Former member of the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database at the U.K. Home Office.

Walter Schaupp

Walter Schaupp

Professor of Moral Theology, Department of Catholic Theology, Karl-Franzens University of Graz, longstanding Member of the Ethics Committee of Euro Transplant for many years and of the Clinical Ethics Committee of the University Hospital Graz.

Andreas Valentin

Andreas Valentin

Consultant in Internal Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, and Cardiology; Medical Director and Head of the Department for Internal Medicine, Kardinal Schwarzenberg Klinikum, Schwarzach im Pongau; President of the Federation of Austrian Societies for Intensive Care Medicine (2018-2021); Past-President of the Austrian Society for Internal and General Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (2014-2017); Head of the Working Group on Quality Improvement of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine; Visiting Professor at Medical University of Vienna (Josephinum).

Klaus Voget

Klaus Voget

Former Head of the District Court Donaustadt in Vienna, Chair of the Austrian Working-Group for Rehabilitation (ÖAR), Chair of the Austrian Civilian Disabled Association (ÖZIV).

Ina Wagner

Ina Wagner © privat

MD Professor, Technical University of Vienna, Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology; Visiting Professor, University of Siegen.

Jürgen Wallner

Jürgen Wallner © privat

Head of Ethics of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Austrian Province. Adjunct professor for Legal Ethics at University of Vienna’s Faculty of Law, Department of Legal Philosophy.

Christiane Wendehorst

Christiane Wendehorst

Professor of Private Law at the University of Vienna, President of the European Law Institute (ELI), Chair of the Academy Council of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Co-Chair of the German Data Ethics Committee, Member of the Academia Europea, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the International Academy for Comparative Law and the American Law Institute. Until 2008 holder of the Chair of Civil Law and Medical Law at the University of Göttingen, 2000-2008 Managing Director of the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies; 1999-2008 Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Law/Department of Medical and Pharmaceutical Law at the University of Göttingen, 2001-2008 Member of the Ethical Review Committee at the University Hospital Göttingen.

Gabriele Werner-Felmayer

Portrait Gabriele Werner-Felmayer

Associate university professor of medical biochemistry at the Medical University of Innsbruck. Set up the interdisciplinary bioethics network Ethucation. Head of the Austrian Unit and board member of the European Division, International Network, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa). Vice-chair of the Science and Responsibility (Wissenschaft & Verantwortlichkeit) association (WuV). Member of the advisory board in the Medical Humanities research centre, University of Innsbruck. Visiting professor at King's College, London from 2015-2016 (research into bioethics of new biotechnologies in medicine).