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Niklas Juth new chair in Medical Ethics at Uppsala University & Region Uppsala

2021-12-06

The health care system is dealing with ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. Both in relation to diagnosis and treatment, and issues that concern access to care and health care organisation. Medical ethics is a priority for Uppsala University and Region Uppsala, who together have established a chair in Medical Ethics at the Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. The new professor will also be involved in work at the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics. On 1 February 2022, the position will be filled by Niklas Juth, who will work together with the region and Faculty of medicine to develop our approaches to medical ethics.

Niklas Juth, Foto Stefan Zimmerman
Niklas Juth, new Professor in Medical Ethics. Photo by Stefan Zimmerman

Niklas Juth joins Uppsala University after a long career at Karolinska Institutet, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of medical ethics at the Department of Learning, Management and Ethics. His research is focused on the ethical dilemmas that arise in the intersection of political philosophy and medical ethics. In particular questions concerning autonomy and justice in health care. In recent years, his research has been focused on compulsory care in both psychiatric and somatic settings. He has also worked with priorities in relation to orphan drugs, and issues relating to end-of-life care and screening.

Medical ethics forms part of a broader focus on ethical issues in health care at the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics and the Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, where Anna T. Höglund was recently promoted Professor in Care Ethics.

By Josepine Fernow