Ethics think tank

November 2018: Ethics Think Tank is moving forward

Prof. Bruno Dallapiccola, scientific director of Europe’s largest children's hospital Bambino Gesù Children’s Research Hospital, recently invited members of the NCCR MSE Ethics Think Tank to convene at the hospital in Rome. A tour of this impressive health and research center was followed by an intensive discussion on ethical issues and challenges of synthetic biology, attended by representatives of the hospital, NCCR MSE, Pontifical Academy for Life, and the Italian National Institute of Health.

From left to right: Padre Carlo Casalone (Pontifical Academy for Life), Ralf Stutzki (NCCR MSE), Tom Ward (NCCR MSE), Bruno Dallapiccola (Bambino Gesù Children’s Research Hospital), Aleksander Benjak (NCCR MSE), Marco Tartaglia (Bambino Gesù Children’s Research Hospital), Don Renzo Pegoraro (Pontifical Academy for Life) and Carlo Petrini (Italian National Institute of Health)

NCCR MSE & PAL: new ethics think tank

The NCCR MSE has teamed up with the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) in Rome to build a think tank focusing on the ethical challenges of synthetic biology and molecular systems engineering. This think tank will 

  • Analyse and debate current and/or emerging ethical conflicts which may arise in the course of our research
  • Organize seminars and lectures aimed to train the public and NCCR MSE researchers in participating responsibly in the ethical communication process. 

Since our research in phase II will increase its focus on the therapeutic potential of molecular systems engineering (e.g. vision restoration; metabolic disorders; systems immunooncology), we are convinced that the PAL as a leading global networker and contributor to the academic field of bioethics will be an inspiring and challenging partner in our ethical discourse. 

During a recent visit to Rome members of this NCCR together with the PAL outlined the strategy and goals of this cooperation and set the pace for this aspiring project.

Papal Academy for Science (in front); St. Peter's Basilica (back)

The NCCR/PAL think tank members

Renzo Pegoraro, chancellor PAL

Carlo Casalone, PAL

Bruno Dallapiccola, scientific director of Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome

Marco Tartaglia, Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome

Carlo Petrini, president of the ethics committee Italian National Institute of Health

Daniel Müller, co-director NCCR MSE

Aleksander Benjak, scientific officer NCCR MSE

Ralf Stutzki, head ethics NCCR MSE

Contact for Ethics Think Tank

Ralf Stutzki, Head Ethics