Barbara Prainsack is a Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, and at the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King’s College London. Her work explores the social, regulatory and ethical dimensions of biomedicine and bioscience. Her current research projects focus on personalised and “precision” medicine, on citizen participation in science and medicine, and on the role of solidarity in medicine and healthcare. Her latest books include: Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21st Century? (NYU University Press, 2017); Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond (with Alena Buyx, Cambridge University Press, 2017), and Genetics as Social Practice (ed. with Silke Schicktanz and Gabriele Werner-Felmayer, Routledge, 2014).
Barbara is a member of the Austrian National Bioethics Committee advising the federal government in Vienna, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, and she chaired the European Science Foundation’s (ESF) Forward Look on Personalised Medicine for the European Citizen (2011-2012, with Stephen Holgate and Aarno Palotie). She is also a member of the British Royal Society of Arts, and an elected foreign member of the Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters.