Professor Dr Annelien Bredenoord, a professor of Ethics in Biomedical Innovation and tied to the Faculty of Medicine and the University Medical Center Utrecht, has won the Publicity Award 2017. She received the award from the Vice-President of the Executive Board, Annetje Ottow, on 8 January during the New Year's reception.
Bredenoord was frequently featured in the media for, among other things, the influence medical innovations such as stem-cell research, reproductive technology, Big Data and biobanks have on patient care and society. She recently appeared on the University of the Netherlands, where she spoke about ethical issues involving embryos that are not used anyway and ‘Designer Babies’, babies whose DNA has been engineered to the point that they do not have or develop chronic conditions or diseases.
“Annelien Bredenoord's research field is pre-eminently suitable to feature in public and to use in the social debate. Bredenoord does this frequently and also has an impressive scientific career on top of that. She knows how to combine these two matters in an outstanding way: she excellently translates her specialist field to practice, even though it's often about controversial matters,” the jury says.