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Katrien Devolder

Katrien Devolder

Katrien Devolder

Dr. Katrien Devolder is an assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at Ghent University, a founding member of the Bioethics Institute Ghent, and a Senior Research Associate of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. Her work lies in biomedical ethics. It aims to (i) clarify and tackle ethical questions raised by science, technology and medicine, (ii) advance understanding of the theoretical philosophical issues on which these questions turn, and (iii) inform public policy. In her research to date, she has primarily pursued these aims by examining the ethical debates surrounding cloning, stem cell research and genetic selection. She has also worked on ethical issues pertaining to the treatment of sex offenders and the ethics of life extension. Her new project investigates problems of moral complicity of medical professionals in others’ wrongdoing (e.g., possible complicity of doctors in torture or in unethical research). She has published a book on the ethics of reproductive cloning (Leuven University Press, 2001) and her book on the ethics of embryonic stem cell research is forthcoming (OUP).