Committee members

Members of the NCBio in Copenhagen, 15 November, 2019.

From upper left: Riitta Salmelin, Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir, Ingemar Engström, Madeleine Hayenhjelm, Súsanna Mortensen, Janne Nikkinen, Isabelle Budin Ljøsne, Truls Petersen.
Not pictured: Sigurður Kristinsson, Eva Naur Jensen, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, Marko Ahteensuu.


 Eva Naur Jensen

 Department of Law, Aarhus University
 Appointed: 2017

Field of interest: Eva Naur Jensen has a PhD in Law, specifically regarding the regulation of involuntary care regarding adults with severely reduced mental capabilities. Her field of interest covers the connection between legislation and surrounding society in general, and more specifically regulations regarding social services, health care, involuntary care, family law and guardianships.

  Kirsten Ohm Kyvik

 Department of Clinical Research,
 University of   Southern Denmark

 Appointed: 2016


 Marko Ahteensuu

 Philosophy Unit, Tampere University
 Appointed: 2020


Fields of interest:  I am a Docent in practical philosophy. My main research interests are bioethics, and philosophy of risk and uncertainty. Recent and ongoing work includes manuscripts on risk analysis and moral blameworthiness, genome editing, synthetic biology and biosecurity, and ethics of interventionistic nature conservation measures in the context of climate change. In addition to NCBio, I serve as a Member of Ethics Committee of the Tampere Region, a Permanent Expert of the Finnish Board for Gene Technology, a Member of National Advisory Board on Social Welfare and Health Care Ethics in Finland, and a Vice Member of National Committee on Medical Research Ethics in Finland.

 Riitta Salmelin

 Department of Neuroscience and  Biomedical   Engineering, Aalto  University
 Appointed: 2018


Fields of interest:  I am professor of imaging neuroscience at Aalto University, Finland. My primary field is cognitive neuroscience, with original training up to PhD in physics. I currently serve as member of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK). My research focuses on determining how noninvasive functional neuroimaging methods can be used informatively to characterize neural and cognitive processing in humans, with a special emphasis on the neural organization of language function.

 Sigurður Kristinsson  - Chair of the Committee 2020

 University of Akureyri
 Appointed: 2017


Fields of interest: I have a Ph.D. in philosophy, specializing in moral and political philosophy as well as applied ethics. Fields of interest include autonomy and informed consent in contexts of health care and research, professional ethics, reproductive ethics, nursing ethics, criminal justice ethics, and media ethics. Currently engaged in research on the democratic role and function of universities.

  Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir 

  University of Iceland
  Appointed: 2019


 Fields of interest: Gudrun obtained her PhD degree in molecular biology from Uppsala University. She is associate professor at the faculty of medicine, University of Iceland. Her research focus lies within the field of human embryonic stem cells and cardiovascular development and disease, including tumour angiogenesis. Gudrun is a board member of the Biomedical Center, University of Iceland and a member of the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).

 Isabelle Budin Ljøsne

 Norwegian Institute of Public Health
 Appointed: 2015


Fields of interest: Isabelle Budin Ljøsne is a bioethicist and senior advisor at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She holds a PhD in research ethics from the University of Oslo. Isabelle’s research explores ethical and societal challenges associated with health research, with a particular focus on the use of genetic and molecular information for personalized medicine. Her work includes research on consent processes, data sharing, stakeholder engagement, and the feedback of genetic research results to research participants. She participates in several EU projects (e.g. Lifebrain, CO-CREATE) as well as the national biobank infrastructure Biobank Norway.

 Truls Petersen

 Appointed: 2018


 Fields of interest: Truls Petersen is a historian of ideas and senior adviser for The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board. He works with ethical questions relating to the use of modern biotechnology, especially on genetic testing in and outside of the health care system.


 Ingemar Engström

 Institutionen för medicinska   vetenskaper, Örebro Universitet
 Appointed: 2015

Fields of interest: I am MD and professor in child and adolescent psychiatry at Örebro University, Sweden. I have worked with medical ethics in various ways throughout the years, with research as well as policy making. I am currently member of the Swedish Council on Medical Ethics and former chair of the Delegation of Medical Ethics in the Swedish Society of Medicine. My areas of interest concerns primarily different aspects of clinical ethics such as ethics of medical communication, coercive care in psychiatry, age assessment of migrant children, second trimester abortion and mental health in children and adolescents.

 Madeleine Hayenhjelm

 Department of Historical,   Philosophical and Religious Studies,   University of Umeå
 Appointed: 2018


Fields of interest: Madeleine Hayenhjelm has a PhD in philosophy and is a senior lecturer in practical philosophy at Umeå University. Fields of interests: ethical theory and ethical aspects of risk, public policy, and uncertain outcomes. Current topics include the moral dimensions of precaution, the human germline as a moral boundary, moral reparations, and reparability as a moral constraint. She is currently involved in a three-year research project on the ethical aspects of the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9.

 The Faroe Islands - observer       
 Susanna M. Mortensen

University of the Faroe Islands
Appointed: 2016

 Anna Herou

  Senior Adviser, NordForsk

 Marianne Aastebøl Minge

 Chief Operating Officer, NordForsk