Ethics think tank

April 2019: Research meeting in Rome

For two days, the core authoring team Renzo Pegoraro, Carlo Casalone (both PAL) and Ralf Stutzki (NCCR MSE) met in Rome to work on the draft of the ethics statement. In a next step the script will be circulated amongst all members of the Ethics Think Tank and should be available for publication in summer 2019.

March 2019: Ethics Think Tank meets in Basel

The third meeting of our Ethics Think Tank took place in Basel. Chancellor Renzo Pegoraro and padre Carlo Casalone from the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome visited the NCCR labs and presented a selection of key philosophical aspects inherent in the discussion about ethical challenges of synthetic biology. Prof. Marco Tartaglia, Head Genetics and Rare Diseases Research Division of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome, joined the meeting via telephone conference. NCCR MSE was represented by the directors Tom Ward & Daniel Müller, Scientific Officer Aleksander Benjak and Head Ethics Ralf Stutzki.

The NCCR MSE Ethics Think Tank is currently preparing a first statement on its findings about ethical aspects of molecular systems engineering.

Visiting the NCCR Labs (left to right: Tom Ward, Renzo Pegoraro and Carlo Casalone).

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.

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.

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, NCCR MSE

Thomas Ward, NCCR MSE

Ralf Stutzki, NCCR MSE

Aleksander Benjak, NCCR MSE

Contact

Ralf Stutzki, Head Ethics