Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Buyx’ research spans the whole field of biomedical ethics, with a particular focus on ethics of medical innovation and health technologies, research ethics, questions of solidarity and justice in contexts such as public health and health care provision, and novel participatory approaches in biomedicine and beyond. She has expertise in theoretical ethical analysis as well as in empirical, mixed-methods studies and policy development. She is keen on pursuing an interdisciplinary, embedded-ethics approach and collaborates regularly with clinical colleagues as well as with colleagues from many other disciplines. Professor Buyx sits on a number of high-level national and international ethics bodies concerned with policy development and implementation, and consults for various international research consortia and policy initiatives. She has been a member of the German Ethics Council since 2016. In 2019, she was accepted to the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing.

Professor Buyx is committed to communicating with the public and lectures widely. She is a medical doctor with postgraduate degrees in philosophy and sociology. She has previously held appointments at the University of Kiel, University of Münster; Harvard University, and University College London; and she was Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London.

Key Publications

Richter G, Krawczak M, Lieb W, Wolff L, Schreiber S, Buyx A: “Broad consent for healthcare embedded biobanking: understanding and reasons to donate in a large patient sample”. Genetics in Medicine. 2018; 20 (1):76–82.


Prainsack B, Buyx A: “Solidarity in biomedicine and beyond”. Cambridge University Press. 2017.


Del Savio L, Prainsack B, Buyx A: “Motivations of Participants in the Citizen Science of Microbiomics”. Data from the British Gut Project. Genetics in Medicine. 2017; 19 (8):959–961.


Buyx A, Del Savio L, Prainsack B, Völzke H: “Citizen Science and Participatory Governance in Population Studies”. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2017; 46(2):377–384.


West-Oram P, Buyx A: “Global Health Solidarity”. Public Health Ethics. 2017; 10(12):212–224.