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Prof. dr. Wim Pinxten (1977) is assistant professor of medical ethics at Hasselt University. He has a background in religious studies (MA), law (BA), applied ethics (MA), and biomedical sciences (PhD). He previously worked as a researcher in medical ethics and health law at the ErasmusMC Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Louvain University (Belgium) and the International Forum for Biophilosophy (Belgium).

His research focuses on research ethics, scientific integrity, and the development and provision of healthcare for vulnerable populations. He lectures medical ethics for medical students and supervises several PhD students.

He is member of the Research Ethics Committee of Hasselt University, of the Institutional Review Board of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, and of the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics. He also serves as a project advisor for several international research projects.

Key publications

  • Demertzi, A, Sitt, JD, Sarasso, S, Pinxten, W (2017) Measuring states of pathological (un)consciousness: research dimensions, clinical applications and ethics. Neurosci Conscious, 3 (1): 1-13.
  • Pinxten W, Ravinetto R, Buvé A (2016) Never Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth? Four Reasons Not to Blur the Line Between Research and Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.Am J Bioeth. 2016 Jun;16(6):17-9.
  • Bunnik EM, van Bodegom L, Pinxten W, de Beaufort ID, Vernooij MW (2017)  Ethical framework for the detection, management and communication of incidental findings in imaging studies, building on an interview study of researchers' practices and perspectives, BMC Med Ethics. Feb 6;18(1):10
  • Bos W, Westra A, Pinxten W, Meyer M, Lantos J (2015) Ethics Rounds: Risks in a Trial of an Innovative Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Pediatrics. 2015 Nov 9. pii: peds.2015-1589.
  • Pinxten W & Howard HC (2014) Ethical issues raised by Next Generation Sequencing, Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology, Apr;28(2):269-279.
  • Lachat C, Nago E, Roberfroid D, Holdsworth M, Smit K, Kinabo J, Pinxten W, Kruger A, Kolsteren P (2014) Developing a sustainable nutrition research agenda in Africa. Findings from the SUNRAY project, PLoS Med. 2014 Jan 28;11(1):e1001593.
  • Bos W, Tromp K, Tibboel D, Pinxten W (2013), Ethical aspects of clinical research with minors and neonates. European Journal of Pediatrics 172(7):859-66.
  • Knoppers BM, Avard D, Sénécal K, Zawati MH; along with the PG International Paediatrics


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