Stavros Niarchos Foundation Bioethics Academy

In 2019, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (JHU) in conjunction with the Bioethics Chair at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) launched a new initiative called the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Bioethics Academy (SNFBA). The SNFBA is exclusively supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and was created with the intent to support and enhance knowledge and awareness for bioethics in Greece.

The three main components of the SNFBA are:

  1. An intensive bioethics course offered every year at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, Greece;
  2. Annual in-depth workshops alternating between Zurich, Switzerland (hosted at ETH) and Baltimore, USA (hosted by JHU), beginning winter 2021. These workshops will include faculty from the Summer Course along with additional visiting faculty. Approximately 20 attendees will be invited per workshop, based on their interest in further training and education in bioethics and their aptitude for bioethics. Workshop content will be topical and developed with input from the selected participants. The program will include presentations by all participants, intensive case analysis and consultation (with at least some actual cases provided by participants), train-the-trainer exercises so that participants can return to their institutions/workplaces to help educate their peers, and additional specialized content.
  1. An alumni network created for summer course participants, all of whom will automatically be members.  In addition to providing news, resources and information via a dedicated SNFBA website, email, and social media channels, the network will be a means for staying in touch with other SNFBA alumni in Greece and bioethics faculty at JHU and ETH. The network will host virtual discussions via webinar and convene in-person reunions and events in conjunction with the timing of the annual summer course and SNF Annual International Conference in Athens.

2nd Annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation Bioethics Academy Intensive Course

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Bioethics Academy (SNFBA) is co-directed by Prof. Jeffrey Kahn, the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (JHU), and Prof. Effy Vayena, Head of the Health Ethics and Policy Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).

Objective
The 2nd Annual SNFBA will be a three-day intensive course focusing on Ethics in the Time of COVID-19 and will include lectures by international faculty and small group discussions facilitated by SNFBA faculty from JHU, ETH, and Greek universities.

Topics will include ethical issues that arose and are continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic and discussions will focus on what has been learned and what lessons can be applied for the future.

Dates of the Event

Evening of October 31 to midday November 3, 2021

Place of Event
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens

Eligibility and Cost
Applications are encouraged from professionals working in institutions in Greece, the Balkans, and Southern Europe with the following experience and expertise:

  • Professionals working in clinical care or biomedical research
  • Students in graduate or professional programs in healthcare, public health, or biomedical research
  • Members of ethics committees in hospitals or research ethics review committees in academic institutions, research organizations, or industry
  • Policy makers involved in biomedicine/health/biotechnology sectors
  • Others not listed may contact the organizers for questions about eligibility

Participation in the SNFBA is free of charge to accepted participants, and fully supported through the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Airfare and lodging is provided to accepted participants living outside of Greece, as well as to accepted participants who reside outside of Athens where travel is required.  The total number of participants is limited to 50 to preserve an interactive and intensive experience.

Applications are now being accepted online.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is not involved in the evaluation of applications or selection of participants in any way.

Intensive Course Faculty

Co-Directors

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH - Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director; Core Faculty; Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics; Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, a position he assumed in July 2016. From 2011, he has been the inaugural Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy.  He is also Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He works in a variety of areas of bioethics, exploring the intersection of ethics and health/science policy, including human and animal research ethics, public health, and ethical issues in emerging biomedical technologies.

Prof. Kahn has served on numerous state and federal advisory panels. He is currently chair of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Health Sciences Policy, and has previously chaired its committee on the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research (2011); the committee on Ethics Principles and Guidelines for Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflights (2014); and a committee on the Ethical, Social, and Policy Considerations of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques (2016).  He also formerly served as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

In addition to committee leadership and membership, Prof. Kahn is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center.  He was also the founding president of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, an office he held from 2006-2010.

Prof. Kahn is a co-principal investigator with Berman Institute faculty member Gail Geller, ScD, MHS, on GUIDE: Genomic Uses in Infectious Disease and Epidemics, an NIH-funded project to study the largely unexplored ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics as applied to infectious disease.

Prof. Kahn’s publications include Contemporary Issues in BioethicsBeyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research (two editions); and Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics, as well as over 135 scholarly and research articles.  He also speaks widely across the U.S. and around the world on a range of bioethics topics, in addition to frequent media outreach.  Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Prof. Kahn was Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.

Effy Vayena, PhD - Chair in Bioethics, ETH Zurich and Chair of the Hellenic National Bioethics and Technoethics Commission
Effy Vayena
Chair in Bioethics, ETH Zurich

Effy Vayena 
Chair in Bioethics, ETH Zurich

Effy Vayena is a Professor of Bioethics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and renowned expert at the intersection of medicine, data, and ethics. Her work focuses on important societal issues of data and technology as they relate to scientific progress and how it is or should be applied to public and personal health.

Vayena completed her education as a social historian with a PhD in Medical History from the University of Minnesota. A keen interest in health policy has led her to work with the World Health Organization. Upon her return to academia, Vayena was awarded a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She founded the Health Ethics and Policy Lab to tackle pressing questions that arise through technological advances such as genomic technologies and big data analytics in healthcare and research.

She received her habilitation from the University of Zurich in the field of bioethics and policy and has been appointed a Visiting Professor at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she was previously a Fellow. She is a member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and chairs the Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications advisory group of the Swiss Personalized Health Network, a national infrastructure and research program aiming to advance personalized health in Switzerland.

Vayena is a leading expert in the dynamic and diverse field of health data and ethics, successfully leveraging her academic work and international network to promote a fruitful debate about the ethics of health in the digital age. She has previously worked with the Wellcome Trust, OECD, Commonwealth Fund, Chatham House, and academic institutions and governments around the world. Since May 2021 she is the chair of the Hellenic National Bioethics and Technoethics Commission.

Lecturing Faculty and Small Group Discussion Leaders

Tom Beauchamp, PhD - Georgetown University (Emeritus)
Tom Beauchamp, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

Dr. Beauchamp was Professor of Philosophy in addition to his role at Georgtown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He took graduate degrees from Yale University and The Johns Hopkins University, where he received his PhD in 1970. He then joined the faculty of the Philosophy Department at Georgetown, and in the mid-70s accepted a joint appointment at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. In late 1975, he joined the staff of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, where he wrote the bulk of The Belmont Report (1978).

Dr. Beauchamp’s research interests are in the ethics of human-subjects research, the place of universal principles and rights in biomedical ethics, methods of bioethics, Hume and the history of modern philosophy, and business ethics. Beauchamp co-edited (with George G. Brenkert) The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics, and edited a 1,000-page book of original articles, The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Animals: a comprehensive, state-of-the-art presentation of the field not possible until very recently.

In 2004, Dr. Beauchamp was given the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) in recognition of outstanding contributions and significant publications in bioethics and the humanities. In 2003, he was presented Georgetown University’s Career Recognition Award, which is awarded to a faculty member in the University each year for distinguished research across an entire career. In 1994, Indiana University awarded Beauchamp its “Memorial Award for Furthering Greater Understanding and Exchange of Opinions between the Professions of Law and Medicine.”

Alessandro Blasimme, PhD - ETH Zurich
Alessandro Blasimme
Senior Researcher in Bioethics

Alessandro Blasimme 
Senior Scientist, Bioethics

Alessandro Blasimme holds an MA in bioethics from La Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), as well as a PhD in bioethics from the University of Milan – European School of Molecular Medicine (Italy). He has held research appointments at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) as well as the University of Zürich (Switzerland), before joining the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) as a senior researcher in bioethics in 2017. In 2013 he received a Fulbright-Schuman Scholarship to undertake research at the Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard University (USA) where he was a fellow. His research focuses on ethical and policy issues in biomedical innovation and biotechnology. His areas of expertise include translational medicine, precision medicine, regenerative medicine, genetic engineering, digital health and ageing. He has published widely in leading bioethics and medical journals and he is a principal investigator in national as well as international research consortia.

Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH - Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH
Berman Institute Founder; Core Faculty; Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics

Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH, is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and its director from 1995 until 2016. She was the inaugural Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director (2014-­2016) and currently is, and has been since 1995, the inaugural Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Faden’s research focuses on structural justice theory and on national and global challenges in Public Health and Science policy, food and agriculture, women’s health, including the rights and interests of pregnant women, health systems design and priority setting, and advances in science and technology. Currently Dr. Faden is working at the intersection of structural justice and the COVID-19 response, primarily in vaccine policy and K-12 education. Her latest book, with Madison Powers, is Structural Injustice: Power, Advantage, and Human Rights.

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH - Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director; Core Faculty; Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics; Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, a position he assumed in July 2016. From 2011, he has been the inaugural Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy.  He is also Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He works in a variety of areas of bioethics, exploring the intersection of ethics and health/science policy, including human and animal research ethics, public health, and ethical issues in emerging biomedical technologies.

Prof. Kahn has served on numerous state and federal advisory panels. He is currently chair of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Health Sciences Policy, and has previously chaired its committee on the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research (2011); the committee on Ethics Principles and Guidelines for Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflights (2014); and a committee on the Ethical, Social, and Policy Considerations of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques (2016).  He also formerly served as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

In addition to committee leadership and membership, Prof. Kahn is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center.  He was also the founding president of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, an office he held from 2006-2010.

Prof. Kahn is a co-principal investigator with Berman Institute faculty member Gail Geller, ScD, MHS, on GUIDE: Genomic Uses in Infectious Disease and Epidemics, an NIH-funded project to study the largely unexplored ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics as applied to infectious disease.

Prof. Kahn’s publications include Contemporary Issues in BioethicsBeyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research (two editions); and Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics, as well as over 135 scholarly and research articles.  He also speaks widely across the U.S. and around the world on a range of bioethics topics, in addition to frequent media outreach.  Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Prof. Kahn was Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.

Nancy Kass, ScD - Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Nancy E. Kass, ScD
Deputy Director for Public Health; Core Faculty; Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health

Nancy E. Kass, ScD
Deputy Director for Public Health at the Berman Institute of Bioethics; Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health

Nancy Kass, ScD, is Vice-Provost for Graduate and Professional Education for Johns Hopkins University; she also is the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Deputy Director for Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics. In 2009-2010, Dr. Kass was based in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was working with the World Health Organization (WHO) Ethics Review Committee Secretariat.

Dr. Kass received her BA from Stanford University, completed doctoral training in health policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and was awarded a National Research Service Award to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in bioethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Dr. Kass conducts empirical work in bioethics and health policy. Her publications are primarily in the field of U.S. and international research ethics, HIV/AIDS ethics policy, public health ethics, and ethics of public health preparedness. She is co-editor of HIV, AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives (Oxford University Press, 1996).

Dr. Kass currently chairs the national Precision Medicine Initiative central IRB and she serves on the Health and Medicine Division committee of the National Academy of Medicine. Previously, she co-chaired the National Cancer Institute Committee to develop Recommendations for Informed Consent Documents for Cancer Clinical Trials, and served on the NCI’s central IRB.  She has served as consultant to the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and to the National Academy of Sciences. Recent research projects have examined ethics for a learning healthcare system, informed consent in randomized trials, ethics issues that arise in international health research and ethics and outbreak response.

Dr. Kass created and taught the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s course on U.S. and International Research Ethics and Integrity for more than ten years, served as director of the PhD program in bioethics and health policy for 15 years, and is the director of the Johns Hopkins Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program. Dr. Kass is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center.

Ismini Kriari, PhD - Professor of Constitutional Law, Department of Public Administration, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Current position
Professor of Constitutional Law, Department of Public Administration, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (since 2008).

Member of the National Bioethics and Technoethics Committee of Greece.

Member of the Monitoring Board of the National Authority on Human Assisted Procreation.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation of the Greek Parliament for Parliamentarism and Democracy.

Member of the Bioethics Committee of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. 

Education
PhD in Public Law at the Panteion University of Athens (1985). Graduate in Law at the University of Athens.

Languages: English, German (very good), French, Italian (good).

Professional Experience
Visiting Professor at the University of Lueneburg 2003.

2004 – 2007 Special Secretary in the Ministry of Education, responsible for Greek Schools Abroad, Intercultural Education and the introduction of bioethics in Secondary education.

Member of the Board of the National Committee on Human Rights (2004-2007).

Member of the Board of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO (since 2004).

Founder of the Postgraduate Course on Law, Technology, Economy at Panteion University (since 2014).

Founder of the Research center on Bioethics and Technoethics at Panteion University

Vice-Rector of Panteion University (2011 – 2016).

Rector of Panteion University (2016 – 2020).

Evaluator for PhD projects at the National Scholarship Organization (IKY) (2013-2014).

Evaluator for research projects at the Research Grant Organization (ELIDEK, 2020).

Expert in the field of Bioethics

Member of the Bioethics Committee of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church (since 2001). Chairperson of the Scientific Committee on Bioethics of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (2002-2005).

Member of the Bioethics Committee of the Medical School of National University of Athens.

Member of the Steering Committee for Bioethics (CDBI) of the Council of Europe ( 2010 – 2012).

Member of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (2010-2016).

Expertise for the Greek Parliament, the Council of Europe, the Greek Ministry of Health, The German Office of Technology Assessment, the EGE (2003).

Participation in many research projects at research centers in Greece and Europe as participant, partner and Senior Expert.

Fields of research: Human assisted procreation in national law and comparative perspective// legal, ethical and social aspects of cloning// genetic banks and biobanks// therapies in somatic cells and germcells// legal and ethical issues about xenotransplantation// animal rights,// embryo and stem cell research, nanomedicine// technology assessment and consensus conferences//human rights during epidemics and pandemics// the role of parliaments in the technological era, etc.

Speaker in many national and international conferences and round tables.

Publications

Book on human assisted procreation (1994); On constitutional protection of genetic data (1999); On technology assessment and consensus conferences (2001); On Greek studies abroad (2008), in Greek; On xenotransplantation (in coll. with other authors, Verlag Dr. Mueller, 2008// On Transplantation (in coll. with others, Verlag Dr. Mueller, Saarbruecken, 2010, in English).

More than 70 articles on legal and ethical issues mainly in law and technology, human rights and healthcare, bioethics and human rights in Greek and foreign reviews.

Decoration

Grosses Verdienstkreuz  mit Stern, September 2006, by the Federal German Government.

Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Government, 2015.

Decoration by the Russian Ministry of Education, 2013.

Decoration by the Ukranian Ministry of Education, 2006.

Evangelos Protopapadakis, PhD - Director of the NKUA Applied Philosophy Research Lab, Head of the Greek Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa)

Evangelos D. Protopapadakis, PhD
Associate Professor of Applied Ethics, Director of the NKUA Applied Philosophy Research Lab, Head of the Greek Unit – International Chair in Bioethics – Member of the Hellenic National Commission for Bioethics and Technoethics

Evangelos D. Protopapadakis is an Associate Professor of Applied Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he has been teaching since 2004. He studied Philosophy at the same University, wherefrom he also holds a PhD in Applied Ethics. Evangelos Protopapadakis has authored four books in Greek, one in English, edited one in English, co-edited five in Greek, three in English and one in Serbian. He has published more than 70 articles in domestic and international academic journals and collective volumes. See more info at www.protopapadakis.gr.

Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MA, MPH - Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA
Deputy Director for Medicine; Core Faculty; Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine

Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA 
Deputy Director for Medicine at the Berman Institute of Bioethics; Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine

Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA, is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Policy and Management, and deputy director for medicine of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University. He is an internationally recognized leader in biomedical ethics with particular expertise in applying empirical methods and evidence-based standards for evaluating and analyzing bioethical issues. His contributions to bioethics and policy include his work on the ethics of informed consent, umbilical cord blood banking, stem cell research, international HIV prevention research, global health and research oversight. Dr. Sugarman is the author of over 350 articles, reviews and book chapters.  He has also edited or co-edited four books (Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research; Ethics of Research with Human Subjects: Selected Policies and Resources; Ethics in Primary Care; and Methods in Medical Ethics).  Dr. Sugarman is on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Dr. Sugarman consults and speaks internationally on a range of issues related to bioethics. He was  senior policy and research analyst for the White House Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, consultant to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He also served on the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission.

He was the founding director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine at Duke University where he was also a professor of medicine and philosophy. He was appointed as an Academic Icon at the University of Malaya and is a faculty affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.

Dr. Sugarman is currently a member of the Scientific and Research Advisory Board for the Canadian Blood Service and the Ethics and Public Policy Committees of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. He is co-chair of the Johns Hopkins’ Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. In addition, he is chair of the Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network and co-leads the Ethics and Regulatory Core of the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory.

Dr. Sugarman has been elected as a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians and the Hastings Center. He also received a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from New York Medical College.

Stavroula Tsinorema, PhD - Professor of Modern & Contemporary Philosophy and Bioethics, Director of the Joint Graduate Programme “Bioethics” and Director of the Centre for Bioethics, University of Crete

Stavroula Tsinorema is Professor of Modern & Contemporary  Philosophy and Bioethics, Director of the Joint Graduate Programme “Bioethics” and Director of the Centre for Bioethics of the University of Crete.  She sits on the National Commission for Bioethics & Technoethics.

She holds a First Class Honours Degree from the Department of Philosophy, University of Athens, followed by M.A. in Moral and Social Philosophy  and  Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy  from the University of Exeter. She has published extensively in moral and social philosophy, bioethics, epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. She has served as member of a number of committees, panels and bodies related to bioethics, research ethics and the ethics of science.  She was  a member of the National Committee for Deontology for Clinical Trials of the Greek Ministry of Health from 2010-2020 and a member of the European Commission’s  international Expert Group to advise on specific ethical issues raised by driverless mobility, which issued the Independent Expert Report on the Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles, 2020.

She chairs the Research Ethics Committee (REC) of the University of Crete and that of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute. She is vice-chair of REC of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE); member of the Scientific Committee of Greek Patients Association; member of  the Committee on Bioethics and the Ethics of the Sciences, and  the Committee on Human Rights, of  Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie.

Effy Vayena, PhD - Chair in Bioethics, ETH Zurich and Chair of the Hellenic National Bioethics and Technoethics Commission
Effy Vayena
Chair in Bioethics, ETH Zurich

Effy Vayena 
Chair in Bioethics, ETH Zurich

Effy Vayena is a Professor of Bioethics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and renowned expert at the intersection of medicine, data, and ethics. Her work focuses on important societal issues of data and technology as they relate to scientific progress and how it is or should be applied to public and personal health.

Vayena completed her education as a social historian with a PhD in Medical History from the University of Minnesota. A keen interest in health policy has led her to work with the World Health Organization. Upon her return to academia, Vayena was awarded a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She founded the Health Ethics and Policy Lab to tackle pressing questions that arise through technological advances such as genomic technologies and big data analytics in healthcare and research.

She received her habilitation from the University of Zurich in the field of bioethics and policy and has been appointed a Visiting Professor at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she was previously a Fellow. She is a member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and chairs the Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications advisory group of the Swiss Personalized Health Network, a national infrastructure and research program aiming to advance personalized health in Switzerland.

Vayena is a leading expert in the dynamic and diverse field of health data and ethics, successfully leveraging her academic work and international network to promote a fruitful debate about the ethics of health in the digital age. She has previously worked with the Wellcome Trust, OECD, Commonwealth Fund, Chatham House, and academic institutions and governments around the world. Since May 2021 she is the chair of the Hellenic National Bioethics and Technoethics Commission.

In-Depth winter two-day Workshops

These workshops will alternate between Zurich, Switzerland (hosted at ETH) and Baltimore,  U.S.A. (hosted at JHU) and will include faculty from the Summer Course along with additional visiting faculty. Approximately 20 attendees will be invited per workshop, based on their interest in further training and education in bioethics and their aptitude for bioethics.

Workshop content will be topical and developed with input from the selected participants.  The program will include presentations by all participants, intensive case analysis and consultation (with at least some actual cases provided by participants), train-the-trainer exercises so that participants can return to their institutions/workplaces to help educate their peers, and additional specialized content.

Alumni Network

The third component of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Bioethics Academy will be an Alumni Network created for summer course participants, all of whom will automatically be members.

In addition to providing news, resources and information via a dedicated SNFBA website, email, and social media channels, the network will be a means for staying in touch with other SNFBA alumni in Greece and bioethics faculty at JHU and ETH. The network will host virtual discussions via webinar and convene in-person reunions and events in conjunction with the timing of the annual summer course and SNF Annual International Conference in Athens.