Ethics think tank

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 are:

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