Karin Jongsma

Dr. Karin Jongsma is assistant professor Bioethics at the Julius Center of the University Medical Center Utrecht. Her research focusses on the ethics of new technologies and the ethics of patient and public involvement.

Karin is a member of the Utrecht Young Academy and of VeRS. She is active for the Institutional Research Board of the University Medical Center Utrecht, and has aside her experience in science with policy-advising and council work for the Dutch Ministry of Health.  


Nature-versus-nurture considered harmful: Actionability as an alternative tool for understanding the exposome from an ethical perspective

Caspar W. Safarlou, Roel Vermeulen, Karin R. Jongsma
Bioethics (2024)

Enabling the Nonhypothesis-Driven Approach: On Data Minimalization, Bias, and the Integration of Data Science in Medical Research and Practice

C. W. Safarlou, M. van Smeden, R. Vermeulen, K. R. Jongsma
The American Journal of Bioethics Volume 23, 2023 - Issue 9

The Ethical Aspects of Exposome Research: A Systematic Review

Caspar W Safarlou, Karin R Jongsma, Roel Vermeulen, Annelien L Bredenoord

Scrutinizing Privacy in Multi-Omics Research: How to Provide Ethical Grounding for the Identification of Privacy-Relevant Data Properties.

Safarlou CW, Bredenoord AL, Vermeulen R, Jongsma KR.
Am J Bioeth. 2021 Dec;21(12):73-75.

Karin Jongsma

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Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...

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