Members and contact


The Nordic Committee on Bioethics is under the auspices of NordForsk since 1 January 2014. The Committee has two members from each Nordic country, as well as observers from The Faroe Islands and Åland Islands.

The Committee’s aim is to advance a multidisciplinary dialogue, thus its members represent, for instance, philosophy, medicine, sociology, biology, biotechnology, theology, and law.


Contact

Chair 2021
Riitta Salmelin
Department of Neuroscience and  Biomedical  Engineering, Aalto  University
E-mail: riitta.salmelin@aalto.fi

NordForsk
Stensberggata 27, 0170 Oslo
Norway
Email: anna.herou@nordforsk.org

Members of the committee

Kirsten Ohm Kyvik

Denmark

Department Of Clinical Research, University Of Southern Denmark
Appointed: 2016

About

Kirsten Ohm Kyvik is a Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Research, at the University of Southern Denmark. She is a medical doctor with more than 25 years’ experience in genetic epidemiological research, primarily as founder of the younger part of the Danish Twin Registry and as leader of the registry until 2007. Her areas of interest are genetic epidemiology of clinical problems, especially the metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk factors, as well as research ethics and research integrity.

Janne Rothmar Herrman

Denmark

JUR Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law, University of Copenhagen
Appointed: 2020

About

Janne Rothmar Herrmann is Professor with special responsibilities in health law and technology at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. She is also governor of the World Association of Medical Law and member of the Danish Dataethics Council. Recent and ongoing work within the topics of reproductive rights, abortion, health data and assisted reproduction. Currently engaged in a research project on “Technologies of Death and Dying at the Beginning of Life” and a research project on “Reconceptualising Reproductive Rights”.

Tuija-Maija Takala

Finland

Aalto University
Appointed: 2021

About

Short introduction to Tuija

Riitta Salmelin

Chair 2021
Finland

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

About

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

Sigurður Kristinsson

Iceland

University of Akureyri
Appointed: 2017

About

He has a Ph.D. in philosophy, specialising 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

Iceland

University of Iceland
Appointed: 2019

About

Gudrun Valdimarsdóttir 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

Norway

Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Appointed: 2015

About

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

Norway

Bioteknologirådet
Appointed: 2018

About

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

Sweden

Institutionen för medicinska vetenskaper, Örebro Universitet
Appointed: 2015

About

Ingemar Engström is MD and professor in child and adolescent psychiatry at Örebro University, Sweden. He has worked with medical ethics in various ways throughout the years, with research as well as policy making. He is currently member of the Swedish Council on Medical Ethics and former chair of the Delegation of Medical Ethics in the Swedish Society of Medicine. His 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

Sweden

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

About

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.

Susanna M. Mortensen

The Faroe Islands – observer

University of the Faroe Islands
Appointed: 2016

About

Súsanna Mortensen is a Teaching Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Faroe Islands.

Anna Herou

Senior Adviser

NordForsk

Marianne Aastebøl Minge

Chief Operating Officer

NordForsk