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Over the last decades, digital technologies have increasingly made their way into central realms of society. They have not only fundamentally changed business and working environments as well as private communication, but also crucially affect present and future conditions and possibilities of health care and behavior.

However, the scientific analysis of this phenomenon widely lacks a comprehensive, holistic perspective. Main objectives of Christiane Woopen’s work in the ceres key research area “Health and Society in a Digital Age” are the scientific monitoring and analysis of the process of digital transformation in central areas of society, especially in regard to its effects on health care and health systems. The research of Christiane Woopen and her team combines inter- and transdisciplinary methods, aiming at a long-term transfer of the gained knowledge into society.

Selected publications

  1. Mertz, M.; Woopen, C.: Ethik in der Technikfolgenabschätzung: vier unverzichtbare Funktionen. in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 6-7 (2014) 40-46.
  2. Schlomann A, Jannes M, Mertz M, Woopen C, Rietz C: Digital self-determination in a comparative perspective: do young and old internet users differ? The Geronotologist, vol 56 issue Suppl 3, Nov 1, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnw162.2680
  3. Peter Bauer, Michael Hummel, Christof von Kalle, Rita Schmutzler, Andreas Block, Matthias Stroth, Christiane Woopen, Karsten Engelke: Molekulargenetische Diagnostik - Was wissen die Maschinen? Was wollen wir wissen? Oncol Res Treat 2016; 39 (suppl 2): 2-23: DOI: 10.1159/000447548
  4. Hurlbut, J.B.; Jasanoff, S.; Saha, K., …; Woopen, C.: Building Capacity for a Genome Editing Global Observatory: Conceptual Challenges. Trends in Biotechnology (36) 7, July 2018, 639-641.
  5. Saha, K.; Hurlbut, J.B.; Jasanoff, S.; Ahmed, A.; Appiah, A.; …; Woopen, C.: Building Capacity for a Global Genome Editing Observatory: Institutional Design. Trends in Biotechnology (36) 8, August 2018, 741-743.
  6. Woopen, C.: Individualisierte Medizin als zukunftsweisendes Leitbild? In: Schumpelick, V.; Vogel, B. (Hg.): Medizin nach Maß. Individualisierte Medizin – Wunsch und Wirklichkeit. Herder, Freiburg. Basel, Wien 2011, 94-110.
  7. Woopen, C.: Personalisierte Medizin – Prädiktion ohne Prävention und Therapie ohne Diagnostik? In: Schliesky, U.; Ernst, C.; Schulz, S. (Hg.): Die Freiheit des Menschen in Kommune, Staat und Europa. Festschrift für Edzard Schmidt-Jortzig. C.F. Mäller, Heidelberg et al. 2011, 841-854.
  8. Woopen, C.: Gesundheitskompetenz. In: Sturma, D., Heinrichs, B. (Hg.): Handbuch Bioethik. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler. 2015.
  9. Jannes, M.; Friele, M.; Jannes, C.; Woopen, C.: Algorithmen in der digitalen Gesundheitsversorgung. Eine interdisziplinäre Analyse. Bertelsmann-Stiftung November 2018. https://ceres.uni-koeln.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Bilder/Dokumente/ceres-Bertelsmann_Algorithmen.pdf
  10. European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (Woopen as Chair): Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and ‚Autonomous’ Systems. Statement for the European Commission, 2018. https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/dfebe62e-4ce9-11e8-be1d-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-78120382.