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Eline Bunnik

Eline Bunnik MA is a PhD-student at the Department of Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine and at the Department of Epidemiology. Her project is funded by the Centre for Society and Genomics, and supervised by dr. A. Cecile J.W. Janssens, dr. Maartje H.N. Schermer, and professor Inez de Beaufort.

Eline has studied philosophy, literature and publishing mostly at the University of Amsterdam, but also in Bologna and in London. She has completed a first year of medicine at the Erasmus University Medical Centre, while working as a research assistant at the Department of Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine, also at Erasmus MC.  
 
Curriculum Vitae 
2000-2003      Bachelor Philosophy (and Literature) UvA
2003-2005      Research master Philosophy UvA and Bologna (cum laude)
2005               Master programme Publishing studies in London on a Nuffic Talent Grant
2007               Propedeuse Medicine Erasmus MC
2007               Research  work at Dept. Medical Ethics and Philosophy, Erasmus MC
2008               Start PhD-project
 
Project
Eline started her PhD-project 'Predictive value of testing for multiple genetic variants in multifactorial disease: Implications for the discourse on ethical, legal and societal issues' in the autumn of 2008. The project maps ethical, legal and societal issues (ELSI) associated with genetic tests that estimate personal risks for multifactorial diseases, and connects these ELSI with specific characteristics of the tests, the diseases and the context in which such testing is offered. The project aims at clarification of the discourse on ELSI surrounding genetic testing for multifactorial diseases, and offers insight into what issues to expect from what applications, and why. 
 
At present, genetic tests for multifactorial diseases are almost exclusively offered outside of the clinical context, directly-to-consumer. Many of these tests, so-called personal genome tests, offer risk profiles for dozens of diseases simulteneously. The sheer amount of test results poses feasibiity issues with regard to information provision and informed consent. Currently, the project addresses these informational issues associated with personal genome testing, studies the role of informed consent in non-targeted testing, and works on a model for informed consent that is appropriate to direct-to-consumer personal genome testing and beyond.

Teaching and other activities
Eline teaches a range of Medical Ethics courses for medical students as well as Ethics courses for clinical geneticists and genetic counsellors in training. Also, she teaches Animal Ethics courses at the art. 9 Course of the EDC (Erasmus Laboratory Animal Science Center) at Erasmus MC.
 
Eline is member of the PhD-Council of the Reserach School of Practical Philosophy (OZSE) and editor of the NACGG Newsletter.

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