About Me

I work as a Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Queen's University in Canada. Prior to this I held professorial appointments at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland and the University of the Witwatersrand Faculty of Health Sciences.
I have worked at Monash University's Centre for Human Bioethics and at the University of Central Lancashire Centre for Professional Ethics.

I'm a German born bioethicist. More precisely, I was born in a small town called Waltrop. Before I came to Canada I have worked at Australian, British and German and South African universities.

With my good friend and colleague Ruth Chadwick I am a Joint Editor in Chief of Bioethics, a leading professional journal. I am also founding editor of a journal that is now firmly established as the number one professional outlet for bioethics content pertaining to developing world issues. This journal is Developing World Bioethics. Both journals are listed in major indices including MedLine.

My work in bioethics has been discussed widely, and, true to my understanding of my work as that of a public philosopher, it has been discussed not only in professional bioethics, medical journals and books, but also in many daily newspapers including the New York Times and the Times (London). I also had my fair share of appearances on radio and TV programs.


I mentioned already the Editorships of two professional journals. Bioethics is the official journal of the International Association of Bioethics. I was also Editor of Monash Bioethics Review. I have acted as a reviewer for most leading bioethics journals, mainstream commercial publishers, as well as the Wellcome Trust, the US NIH and INSERM. I also volunteer as a faculty member of HIVdent. I also established a webportal covering ethical, legal and social issue of HIV/AIDS in the developing world.

As any academic, I spend considerable amounts of time in university committees in order to contribute to the successful functioning of the institutional self-governance. Can't say I like it, but it certainly is one of those chores one has to do.

I have also started my own little ethics blog. I am not convinced yet that blogs are worth anyone's time, but I decided to find out. You can find the blog on the web at http://ethxblog.blogspot.com/ Last but not least... sadly ... my research publications site doesn't currently work well in IE. Very irritating, but that's Microsoft to you :).

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