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L. (Lien) De Proost


Profile page of L. (Lien) De Proost, PhD student at Erasmus MC

  • Department
  • Medical Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine, Neonatology and Gynecology



Lien De Proost is a PhD student at the department of Medical Ethics, History and Philosophy of Medicine and the departments of Neonatology and Gynecology. She started her project in February 2020. The interdisciplinary aspect of her PhD is of great value to her.
Her research is on the ethics of personalizing care for extremely premature infants. She focuses on the eventual personalization of prenatal counseling, parental decision-making, and guidelines for care at the edge of viability.
In the past year, Lien studied the existing body of literature in the field of extreme prematurity and prenatal counseling. In the upcoming year, she will conduct qualitative interview studies with parents.

Education and career

  • Bachelor of Philosophy, KU Leuven (2017).
  • Master of Philosophy (MA), KU Leuven (2018). Thesis: Moral responsibility and excuses.
  • Master of Bioethics(Msc), KU Leuven (2019). Thesis: Clinical nudging.


De Proost L, Ismaili M’hamdi H, Verhagen AAE, et al.
On the limits of viability: toward an individualized prognosis-based approach.
J Perinatol 2020;40:1736–1738. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41372-020-00793-x.

De Proost L, Verweij EJT, Ismaili M'hamdi H, Reiss IKM, Steegers EAP, Geurtzen R and Verhagen AAE.
The Edge of Perinatal Viability: Understanding the Dutch Position. Front.
Pediatr. 2021;9:634290. doi: 10.3389/fped.2021.634290.

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