Professor of Medical Philosophy and Ethics
VU University Medical Center
Over the past 20 years, he set up many projects combining dialogical ethics and responsive evaluation in health care. He initiated a Dutch network on clinical ethics and moral deliberation, and also a European network on clinical ethics. Together with psychiatrists he coordinated a nationwide program in The Netherlands to reduce coercion and compulsion in psychiatry. He supervised projects concerning the theory and methodology of empirical ethics. He also supervised projects on ethical aspects of care around the end of life, particularly palliative care and euthanasia. Currently he coordinates two Horizon 2020 projects on Research Integrity: Mapping the Research Integrity Framework (EnTIRE) and Virtue based ethics and Integrity of Research: Train-the-Trainer program for Upholding principles and practices of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (VIRT2UE), which initiated a platform for Research Integrity: The Embassy of Good Science.
In the VU University Medical School, he gives lectures on medical philosophy and ethics. He coordinates the teaching of the Academic Core (research methods, applying research in medical practice, reflection on research). He teaches a course on Moral Dilemmas in Medical Practice in Amsterdam University College. He was one of the initiators of the Master Program Philosophy, Bioethics and Health of VU University.