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Maartje Schermer (1969) is professor Philosophy of Medicine with a special focus on human enhancement, at the department of Medical Ethics and Philosophy. She trained as a physician and philosopher, and wrote her thesis The different faces of autonomy (2001) on the concepts and practices of patient autonomy.
She is coordinator of the Minor Medical Ethics of the ErasmusMC, member of the board of the Dutch Society of Ethicists, full member and member of the Education Committee of the Researchschool in Practical Philosophy and editor of Filosofie en Praktijk.
She recently finished the NWO project Botox for the Brain, on the ethics of enhancement of mental functions with psychopharmacology. For all publications resulting from this project link (hier dan graag een link naar een lijstje met publicaties).
She was also involved in the NWO project Care at a distance, on the moral implications of telecare, and the NWO project Unbearable suffering and beyond.
Her current research focuses on two themes within the fields of philosophy of medicine and medical ethics. The first is human enhancement and the boundaries of medicine; the second is neuro-ethics.
She is currently project leader of the ZON-MW project Beyond Medicine and co-project leader of the CSG project Ageing: personalised genomics, empowerment.
She is also involved in the CSG project Predicitve value of genetic testing for multifactorial diseases and the ZON-MW KOPPEL-study, on knowledge and attitudes of professionals and citizens with regard to end-of-life decisions.
Some recent publications (for a full list see link)
- M. Schermer (2009) Changes in the self: the need for conceptual research next to empirical research. American Journal of Bioethics 9, 5:45-47
- M. Schermer, I. Bolt, R. de Jongh, B. Olivier (2009), The future of psychopharmacological enhancements: ethics and policies. Neuroethics 2, 2: 75-87
- Bolt, M. Schermer (2009) Psychopharmaceutical enhancers: enhancing identity? Neuroethics 2, 2:103-111
- M. Schermer (2009) The mind and the machine. On the conceptual and moral implications of brain-machine interaction. Nanoethics 3, 3: 217-230
- M. Schermer (2008) Enhancement, easy shortcuts, and the richness of human activities. Bioethics 22, 7: 355-363
- M. Schermer (2008) On the argument that enhancement is cheating. Journal of Medical Ethics 34, 2: 85-88
The Different Faces of Autonomy
Leven als Bouwpakket
- Neuroscience and Identity: A Balancing Act, International Neuroethics Conference, University College London, UK, 8 May 2009
- Ethics and Womens' Health, Cleveland Bioethics Exchange Program, Amsterdam, 11 March 2009
- Kenniskamer Human Enhancement, Ministerie van Justitie, Den Haag, 10 November 2009
- Ethiek van Cognitieve enhancement, Studeren is dope! - Studium Generale, Rotterdam, 6 oktober 2009
- Enhancement and distributive justice, Honours Course EUR, Rotterdam, 6 oktober 2009
- Debat: Ethiek & Telezorg, Beurs Domotica en Slim Wonen, Evoluon, Eindhoven, 11 november 2009
- Hoofdgast in OBA live, over de Maakbare mens, 15-1- 2010
- Interview "Healing our brains, changing ourselves?" Scienceline, 16-7-2009
- Interview "Pilletje tegen criminaliteit?" OBA live, Radio 1, 15-4-2009
- Interview "Psychofarmaca voor prestatieverbetering" in De Psychiater, 2009, no 2, p. 16-19.
- Interview "Turbocharging the brain" in Scientific American, October 2009
- Interview: "Debatteren over domotica en telezorg", ICT Zorg 10 (2009), 5: 28-29