Prof Annelien L. Bredenoord PhD (1979) is a full professor of Ethics of Biomedical Innovation at the University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University, The Netherlands, as well as member (as of 2015) of the Senate of the Dutch Parliament, on behalf of the political party Democrats 66 (D66). Her political portfolios are health care, ethics, privacy & data protection, and family law.
Her research group seeks to identify, evaluate and promote policies and practices that ensure that biomedical innovation develops in an ethically and socially responsible matter. Recent advances in biological and medical research, such as regenerative medicine and stem cell research, next generation DNA sequencing, genome editing, reproductive technologies, biobanking and Big Data, continuously raise ethical and societal challenges: how to translate biomedical innovations from basic research into clinical care and society in an ethically sound way?
Bredenoord co-authored over 100 articles (published in top journals among which Science, Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Reviews Genetics, BMJ and Plos Medicine) and supervises several PhD students. She obtains funding from among others EU Horizon 2020, KWF (Dutch Cancer Society), NWO Gravitation program and The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development ZonMw (among which a personal VENI grant).
Annelien is member of several international committees among which the former Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), member of the Scientific Board of the European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics (EMPAG) and The Hinxton Group. In The Netherlands, she is member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), member of the Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), the National Indication Committee Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, the L’Oréal UNESCO: For Women in Science Award Committee, and UMC Utrecht’s Research Ethics Committee (IRB).
She is frequently invited in Dutch popular media to discuss the ethical aspects of biomedicine.
Website (in Dutch): www.annelienbredenoord.nl