Contemporary Challenges in Medical Ethics

Date: 04.06.2024 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m         
Konzil und Professorenzimmer des Rektors (R 213/214), Universitätshauptgebäude, Universitätsplatz 1, 18055 Rostock
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Gert Helgesson
Number of participants: ca. 30
Language: English           
Target audience: Early career researchers (including advanced students, doctoral candidates, and postdocs) from various disciplines such as medicine, informatics, and humanities, as well as anyone else interested in the topic.       

Course description:

Contemporary medical ethics faces various challenges, encompassing ethical implications of emerging digital technologies, inquiries into patient autonomy and decision-making, disparities in healthcare access, dilemmas in end-of-life care, and ethical issues related to biomedical research. This seminar provides an overview of current trends and essential topics in medical ethics, with a reference to the medical ethics research in Sweden / at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. It is primarily tailored for young scholars at the intersection of medicine, technology, and humanities, but is open to all who are interested.


  • Current research in medical ethics
  • Ethics of scientific publishing
  • Digital health
  • Autonomy and paternalism
  • Justice in Healthcare
  • End-of-the-Life-Care
  • The use of live animals in surgical training


Please register for the event by e-mail: johann-christian.poderuni-rostockde (subject: Registration Helgesson, lecture XY).

Information about the lecturer

Gert Helgesson serves as a Professor of Medical Ethics at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management, and Ethics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. His research covers a wide range of topics, from research ethics, including areas like plagiarism and authorship, to the ethical challenges faced by physicians in life-and-death decisions. Professor Gert Helgesson is recognized as one of Sweden’s leading and internationally acknowledged medical ethicists, with the Karolinska Institutet, his home institution, internationally renowned for research in medical ethics. In June 2024, Gert Helgesson will be joining the Department ‘Aging of Individuals and Society’ as a Mare Balticum Fellow.

Contact at the University of Rostock

Prof. Dr. Johann-Christian Põder
Universität Rostock
Theologische Fakultät
Universitätsplatz 1, Raum 301
18055 Rostock
Deutschland / Germany
Tel.: +49 381 498-8409 (office)

Coordination of the Mare Balticum Fellowship Program

Corina Reinheckel
Leitung der Graduiertenakademie

Universitätsplatz 1
Universität Rostock
18051 Rostock

Tel.: +49 (0)381 498 1022 | Fax.: +49 381 498-1181022
Email.: corina.reinheckeluni-rostockde

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