I started my career as a PhD in ethical issues concerning genetic testing and counseling for late onset inheritable diseases.
After my PhD research, I worked as a postdoc on several (European and national) projects: in the field of reproductive technology, end of life issues and enhancement technology.
At present, I work as a university lecturer in the Department of Medical Ethics, Philosophy and Medical History at Erasmus MC, where I coordinate and carry out research.
I am currently working on projects on the ethics of predictive (epi)genetic testing (coordinator of the NWO-MVI project Epigenome-wise: ethical, legal and societal issues of new assays for DNA-methylation in cancer diagnostics and screening and research member of the European project FORECEE on risk stratified cancer screening).
In addition, I teach ethics to students of the Medical Faculty and to medical specialists as well as to students of Clinical Technology at Delft University of Technology.
Field(s) of expertise
- Medical ethics and philosophy of medicine
- New biomedical technologies (reproductive technology, (epi)genetics, predictive medicine and screening)
Education and career
I studied theology with a specialization in medical ethics and health care law.
The topic of my PhD thesis is the ethical issues raised by presymptomatic genetic testing of late onset genetic diseases. As a postdoc I was involved in several European and national projects. Currently I am an assistant professor and as such involved in research, teaching and committees.
- Alblas M, Schermer M, Vergouwe Y, Bolt I. Autonomy challenges in (epi)genetic risk- stratified cancer screening: a framework to guide the development of patient decision aids and support informed consent. Journal of Personalized Medicine 2019 9(1), 14.
- Vos, I.M.L., Schermer, M.H.N. & Bolt, L.L.E. (2018). Recent insights into decision-making and their implications for informed consent. Journal of Medical Ethics, 44 (11), 734-738.
Teaching ethics to medical students (BA and MA),medical interns, PhD students, students of Clinical Technology (Delft University of Technology), supervision of MA theses.
I am a member of ethical committees (National Indication Committee on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis).