PROFESSOR OF BIOETHICS at the HEALTH ETHICS AND POLICY LAB, UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH
AI & data in healthcare
Ethical implications of precision health
Ethical oversight of big data
Policy initiatives in healthcare
Public participation in healthcare
Genomics & biotech
Professor Effy Vayena leads an interdisciplinary team at the Health Ethics and Policy Lab at the University of Zurich, where she focuses on ethical and policy challenges in precision medicine and digital health.
Her research centres around the medical applications of big data, that is, the exceptionally large and wide-reaching datasets currently available to healthcare officials and governments. Her talks cover the ethical implications of using such data, including concerns over privacy, consent, accountability, and the development of an involved, data-literate public.
Effy studied Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Minnesota before completing her habilitation in Bioethics and Health Policy at the University of Zurich. She spent several years working for the WHO, for whom she continues to act as a consultant. She was awarded a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation for her work spearheading the University of Zurich’s Bioethics and Law PhD programme. She is a visiting faculty member of the Harvard Centre for Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School, a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and has presented talks to a worldwide audience of academic institutions and world governments.
Whilst developments in precision medicine and digital health promise a new age in healthcare, they also raise profound ethical and economic questions. Effy's talks use innovative, multidisciplinary thinking about bioethics to suggest concrete policy recommendations for an age of data-driven, personalised medicine. Her insights are essential for organisations looking to understand the possibilities and potential pitfalls of such new technologies.