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dr. M. Boenink (Marianne)

Associate Professor

About Me

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.

Expertise

Technology
Technology
Biomedical Technology
Alzheimer Disease
Testing
Early Detection Of Cancer
Breast Neoplasms
Netherlands
Translational Medical Research
Alzheimer'S Disease

Research

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.

Publications

Recent Articles
Boenink, M. (2017). Schuivende ziektebegrippen: een overzicht en een diagnose. Tijdschrift voor gezondheidszorg en ethiek, 27(3), 66-71.
Boenink, M., van Lente, H., & Moors, E. (2016). Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: Innovating with Care. In M. Boenink, H. van Lente, & E. Moors (Eds.), Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: Innovating with Care (pp. 1-17). (Health, technology and society). London: Palgrave Mac Millan.
Boenink, M. (2016). Translational Research and the Gap(s) Between Science and Practice: Treating causes or Symptoms? In R. Bluhm (Ed.), Knowing and Acting in Medicine (pp. 185-202). Rowman & Littlefield Intenational.
Boenink, M. (2016). Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease: Searching for the Missing Link Between Biology and Clinic. In M. Boenink, H. van Lente, & E. Moors (Eds.), Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: Innovating with Care (pp. 63-82). (Health, technology and society). London: Palgrave Mac Millan.
Boenink, M. (2016). Disease in the Era of Genomic and Molecular Medicine. In J. A. Marcum (Ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine (pp. 65-91). (Bloomsbury companions). London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Boenink, M., van Lente, H., & Moors, E. (2016). Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease: How to Innovate with Care. In M. Boenink, H. van Lente, & E. Moors (Eds.), Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: Innovating with Care (pp. 263-275). (Health, technology and society). London: Palgrave Mac Millan.
Fisher, E., Konrad, K. E., Boenink, M., Schulze Greiving-Stimberg, V. C., & Walhout, B. (2016). Building an Agenda for Socio-Technical Integration Approaches. In D. M. Bowman, A. Dijkstra, C. Fautz, J. S. Guivant, K. Konrad, H. van Lente, & S. Woll (Eds.), Responsibility and Emerging Technologies: Experiences, Education and Beyond (pp. 43-56). (Studies of new and emerging technologies; No. 7). Amsterdam: IOS Press.
van der Scheer, L., & Boenink, M. (2016). Stroeve verbindingen: over de meetbaarheid van reuma. In I. Geesink, M. Heerings, & S. van Egmond (Eds.), De meetbare mens: het digitaal meten van het zieke en gezonde lichaam (pp. 165-180). Rathenau Instituut.

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Education

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

Bachelor

Master

Courses

Projects

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.

In the press

Contribution to 'Who wants to live forever?' in U-Today Science & Technology Magazine, December 2017.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room C 316
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  C 316
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands