Marianne Boenink is a philosopher of technology who is particularly interested in the role and implications of technologies in biomedicine, and in early societal and ethical assessment of emerging technologies. Marianne studied health sciences (University of Maastricht) and philosophy (University of Amsterdam).
She is Associate Professor and Director of Education at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente. She also directs the MSc programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS). In addition, she chairs the Ethics Comittee of the BMS Faculty.
Marianne's research focuses on the philosophical and ethical issues raised by emerging technologies, in particular in biomedicine. Guiding questions are: How do emerging biomedical technologies affect the values realized in health care practices and society at large? And how can society anticipate and asses the desirability of technological innovations early on, stimulating more responsible innovation? By clarifying what values are at stake and by developing tools to stimulate and improve debates among stakeholders, she aims to contribute to grounded and wide-ranging societal deliberation about the desirability of emerging biomedical technologies.More specifically, Marianne led and carried out research projects on ethical issues raised by predictive DNA-diagnostics for breast & ovarian cancer, on biomarker tools for predicting, diagnosing and prognosticating Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and on EEG-based prognostics for patients in post-anoxic coma. A recurring theme in these projects is how general visions, ideals and central concepts like 'personalized medicine', 'translational research' or 'biomarker' are given specific (and multiple) meanings while developing technologies, and how this shapes our view of disease/health and of good care.
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Marianne teaches many courses in ethics, often focusing on the biomedical domain and/or emerging technologies, or on research ethics. She is also the coordinator of the minor module Philosophy of Science and Technology.
She teaches in bachelor programmes (Technical Medicine, Health Sciences), master programmes (Philosophy of Science Technology & Society; Technical Medicine) and on the PhD level (guest lectures for the Twente Graduate School, the Dutch research school in Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) and the Dutch research school for Philosophy (OZSW).
Affiliated Study Programmes
Work package on ‘Patients’ and caregivers’ perspectives on prognosis’ in Project ‘Longitudinal imaging of tau pathology across the AD spectrum using [18F]AV1451 PET (PI: prof.dr. B. van Berckel, VuMC), funded by Zon-MW-Memorabel, 2018-2020.
‘Prognosticating of patients in coma: towards a responsible practice’ - funded by NWO-Responsible Innovation programme, in collaboration with de Hersenstichting, TMSi and Clinical Science Systems, 2015-2019.
Work package on 'Patient involvement' in the project ‘The next frontier: tau-imaging for the dementias’ (PI: prof.dr. B. van Berckel, VuMC) , funded by Zon-MW-Memorabel , 2014-2017.
‘Exploring possibilities for patient involvement in translational molecular medicine’ (with dr. S. van der Burg, UMC Radboud) - funded by Centre for Society & the Life Sciences (CSG), and the Centre for Translational Molceular Medicine (CTMM), 2012-2013.
‘Responsible early diagnostics for Alzheimer’s Disease’ - funded by Dutch Research Council (NWO), Program Responsible Innovation, 2009-2015.
This project resulted (among others) in the edited volume Emerging technologies for diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: innovating with care (Palgrave 2016)‘Scenarios of future moral controversies on new biomedical technologies’ (with prof.dr. T. Swierstra) - Funded by Dutch Research Council (NWO), Program Ethics, Research and Governance, 2005-2006.