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Giovanni Boniolo



Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Chirurgico Specialistiche,
University of Ferrara,
Institute for Advanced Study,
Technische Universität München,

Giovanni Boniolo is Full Professor of Philosophy of Science and Medical Humanities, at the “Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Chirurgico Specialistiche”, University of Ferrara, Italy.

In 1981 he gained the Degree in Theoretical Physics and in 1985 the Degree in Philosophy both from the University of Padova, Italy.

He was awarded the Anne Boyksen Fellowship by the Institute for Advanced Study (Technische Universität München) and was later appointed Honorary Ambassador of the same university.

Prof Boniolo has extensively lectured in many Italian, European and non‐European institutions.

He is former Director of the PhD program in “Foundations of life sciences and their ethical consequences”, at the European School of Molecular Medicine (Milan, Italy) and former Director of the Biomedical Humanities Unit, Department of Experimental Oncology, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia (Milan, Italy).

Co‐director and founder of the “European advanced seminars in the Philosophy of Life Science”, and of the “European advanced seminars in the Philosophy of Medicine” resulting from the international network of several international universities.

He has been and is consultant of many European research centres and Member of the scientific committee of many Italian and European foundations, institutions, journals, etc.

In 2011, he was Member of the European School of Oncology (ESO) Task Force in the field of Medical Humanities.

Since 2014, Prof Boniolo has been chair of the Ethics Committee for the Biomedical Research of the Firc Insitute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM), Milan, Italy and Director of the Master in Ethical Counselling in Oncology, realized by the European School of Oncology (ESO) and the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM).

Between 2008‐2010, he was chair of the Independent Ethical Committee of the European project “Eurocancercoms: establishing an efficient network for cancer communication in Europe”, and between 2011‐2011, chair of the Independent Ethical Committee of the European project “p‐medicine ‐ from data sharing and integration via VPH models to personalized medicine”.

His research interests are (i) public and individual decision-making, whenever ethical issues are involved; (ii) trust based consent for patients; (iii) foundations of contemporary biomedical research and clinical practice.

Since 2014 he has been Editor in chief of Springer Briefs on Ethical and Legal Issues in Biomedicine and Technology.

His work is witnessed by 13 books (plus 12 books edited) and about 200 papers published in international peer reviewed journals.

His two latest books are:

  • G. Boniolo, V. Sanchini (eds), Ethical counselling and medical decision-making in the era of personalized medicine, Springer, Heidelberg 2016
  • G. Boniolo, M. Nathan (eds), Philosophy of Molecular Medicine: Foundational Issues in Research and Practice, Routledge, New York 2017.

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