Research

Recent research projects conducted or coordinated by members of BIG, inversely ordered by termination date:

  • Ethics of Neuromodulation
    Researcher: Dr Farah Focquaert
    Supervisor Prof. Dr Johan Braeckman
    Funding Agency: Scientific Research Foundation
    Onderzoeksplan
  • Neuroenhancement Technology. An Ethical Analysis and Study of the Conditions for Research and Clinical Trials
    01.01.2007-31.12.2010
    Researcher: Dr An Ravelingien
    Supervisors: Prof. Dr Johan Braeckman, Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier, Prof. Dr Eric Mortier, Prof. Dr Dirk De Ridder, Prof. Dr Paul Boon, Prof. Dr Luc Crevits
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders; Research project (G.0048.07)
    Research Plan
  • Ethical Aspects of the Commercialisation of Academic Research
    01.10.2006 - 30.09.2009
    Researcher: Prof. Dr Sigrid Sterckx
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO)
    Research plan (Onderzoeksplan)
  • Patients' Disposition Decisions Regarding Surplus Cryopreserved Embryos
    01.10.2005 - 30.09.2009
    Researcher(s): Dr Veerle Provoost, Prof. Dr Guido Pennings, Prof. Dr P. De Sutter*, Prof Dr. J. Gerris*, Prof. Dr A. Van de Velde* and Prof. Dr M. Dhont*
    *Infertility Centre, University Hospital Ghent, Ghent.
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Guido Pennings
    Funding Agency: 01.10.2005 - 30.10.2006: BOF (Ghent University research fund)
    01.10.2006 - 30.09.2009: Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (FWO)

    An increasing number of patients who underwent in-vitro-fertilization treatments are confronted with disposition decisions regarding cryopreserved supernumerary embryos. In Belgium, four options are available: continued storage, donation to other(s) for reproductive purposes, donation for research and discarding. The project has three aims: to assess the frequency of different decisions; to identify relevant clinical and demographic characteristics of the patients; and to examine important features of the decision-making proces. Four studies will be conducted: a retrospective study of registration data of a patient mailing program, a patient mailsurvey, and two patient interview studies.
  • Scientific Answers and Technical Solutions to Ethical Issues in the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate
    01.10.2006 - 30.09.2009

    Researcher: Dr Katrien Devolder
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Funding Agency: Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
    Research plan (Onderzoeksplan)
  • Monitoring the Quality of End-of-Life Care in Flanders
    01.01.2006 - 31.12.2008
    Partner SBO-IWT-project
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Luc Deliens (Free Univeristy of Brussels)
    Copromotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
  • An ethical analysis of age as a criterion for decision making in health care
    01.10.2006 - 30.09.2008
    Researcher: Lodewijck Jonckheere
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Guido Pennings
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO)

    In the context of scarce resources, age is brought up as a relevant criterion for distributing certain rights. Linking age to rights is very common on the one hand, but a differential approach on the basis of age is rejected as a form of discrimination on the other hand. It is my aim to investigate whether or not an age-criterion can be just, and if so, under which conditions.
  • The role of nurses in the decision making and performance of euthanasia and other end-of-life decisions : a representative study in Flanders
    01.01.2005 - 31-12-2008
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Luc Deliens
    Copromotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research -Flanders (FWO) (G.0503.05)
  • An information and communication covenant between patient and physician for the end of life. A
    possible solution for conflicts between physician benevolence and patient autonomy

    01.01.2005- 31-12-2008
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Copromotor: Prof. Dr Luc Deliens (Free University Brussels)
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research -Flanders (FWO) (G.0370.05)
  • The interaction of ethical and scientific arguments in the stem cell debate
    03.01.2005 - 12.31.2008
    Researcher: Heidi Mertes
    Promotors: Prof. Dr Guido Pennings, Prof. Dr André Van Steirteghem
    Funding agency: Fund for Scientific Research -Flanders (FWO)

    The interaction of ethical, medical and scientific arguments in the stem cell debate is studied, based on literature research and critical analysis.
    The used method is that of the reflective equilibrium, which attempts to bridge the gap between facts and values. Specifically, scientific and ethical publications dealing with stem cell research are monitored. Based on these publications, the main ethical problems and positions are isolated, the interaction between science and ethics in the context of stem cell research is studied and the argumentations are analysed.
  • The Relation between the Competency to Decide About the End of Live and Self-Determination Rights for Minors
    01.01.2003 - 31.12.2006
    Researcher: Debbie Mannaerts
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research -Flanders (FWO) (G.0310.03)
  • Pig Tales, Human Chimeras and Man-Made Public Health Hazards. An Ethical Analysis of Xenotransplant Benefits and Risks
    01.01.2003-31.12.2006
    Researcher: An Ravelingien
    Supervisors: Prof. Dr Johan Braeckman, Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier, Prof. Dr Eric Mortier, Prof. Dr Ilse Kerremans
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (FWO) (G.0303.03N)

    The aim of this research project was to examine the potential of and ethical problems related to several strategies to augment the transplantation rate. The research resulted in a PhD dissertation on the ethics of xenotransplantation, entitled 'Pig tales, human chimeras and man-made public health hazards: An ethical analysis of xenotransplant benefits and risks.' The dissertation intends to contribute to the broader debate of how to weigh the potential benefits of xenotransplantation against the costs that it may infer on the relevant agents at stake. Within this scope, special attention is focussed on possible harms that arise uniquely or predominantly within the context of xenotransplantation. The thesis is available online. Click here for a summary.
  • Evaluation of the Quality of Palliative Care in the Homesetting: the Patient's Perspective
    01.10.2003 - 31-09-2007
    Researcher: Lieven Van den Block
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Luc Deliens (Free University of Brussels)
    Copromotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (FWO)
  • The Ethics and Regulation of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: A Critical Analysis of the Debate
    01.01.2002 - 31.12.2005
    Researcher: Katrien Devolder
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Funding Agency: Special Research Fund of Ghent University (BOF)
    This thesis is available in pdf format.
  • Determinants of end-of-life decisions in medical practice: practices, beliefs and attitudes of general physicians and clinical specialists in Flanders
    01.01.2001 - 31.12.2004
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Copromotors: Prof. Dr Guy De Backer, Prof. Dr Luc Deliens
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research -Flanders (FWO) (G.0306.01)
  • Medisch-ethische kwaliteitszorg bij beslissingen van artsen rond het levenseinde: protocolontwikkeling voor de eerstelijnsgezondheidszorg
    01.2.2001- 31.01.2003
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Copromotors: Prof. Dr Luc Deliens, Prof. Dr Robert Vander Stichele
    Funding Agency: DWTC
    Research information
  • End of Life Practices in Newborns and Infants (HALP's bij pasgeborenen en zuigelingen)
    01.01.2000 - 31.12.2003
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Luc Deliens
    Co-promotors: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier, Prof. Dr Robert Vander Stichele
    Funding Agency: Special Research Fund of the Flemish Speaking Free University of Brussels (OZR VUB).
  • End-of-life decisions in medical practice: attitudes and practices in 6 European countries
    01.10.2000 - 31.09.2003
    Principal Contractant European Commisison 5th Framework project (Belgium, Danmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switserland
  • Biotechnology as a Challenge for Inquiry into Values. Towards a New Paradigm for Approaching the Problematic Interaction Between Nature and Culture
    01.10.1997-31.09.2003

    Promotor: Prof. Dr Etienne Vermeersch, Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Funding Agency: GOA (nr. 12053394)
  • Natuureducatie van privé-boseigenaars in Vlaanderen/Environmental Education of Private Forest Owners in Flanders
    31.12.2000 - 31.12.2002
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Copromotors: Prof. Dr L. N. Lust (Laboratory of forestry, UGent), Prof. Dr L. Hens (Human Ecology, Free Univeristy of Brussels)
    Funding Agency: VLINA (0018)
  • The Perception of Ecological Functions of Forests: Attitudes of Private Forest Owners in Flanders
    01.11.98 - 31.10.2001
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Co-promotor: Prof. Dr Noël l. Lust, Laboratory for Forestry UGent.
    Funding Agency: VLINA (Vlaams Impulsprogramma Natuurbehoud)
  • Verkennend Europees Onderzoek Beslissingen rond het levenseinde van patiënten in Europa
    01.01.1999 - 31.12.2000
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
  • Attitudes and Behaviour of Doctors Concerning the End of Life of their Patient
    01.01.1997 - 31.12.2000
    Member of the research team: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Promotors: Prof. Dr Freddy Louckx, Prof. Dr Hugo Van den Enden, Prof . Dr Jan De Maeseneer and Prof Dr. Benjamin Van Camp
    Funding Agency: Fund for Scientific Research -Flanders (FWO) together with the Ministery of Social Affairs, Public Health and Environment (nr. G.0117.97).
  • Study Bioethics: Regulation in Europe on Reproductive Medicine
    01.07.1999 - 31.08.2000
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Funding Agency: Ministry of Social Affairs, Public Health and Environment.
  • PECOSUD: Philosophical and Economic Fundamental for Sustainable Development
    01.04.1998 - 16.10.1999
    Promotor: Prof. Dr Freddy Mortier
    Funding Agency: Flemish Community (Vlaamse Gemeenschap)