Annette Rid

Annette Rid


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Research interests

  • Research ethics: risk-benefit evaluations in research, ethics and regulation of research, international research ethics
  • Clinical ethics: treatment decision-making for incapacitated patients, ethics in organ procurement, deteremining death
  • Justice in health and health care: procedural justicie, sufficiency in health and health care
  • Public health ethics: precautionary principle in public health

Biographical details

Dr Annette Rid is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Society at the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King's College London. She also is an Affiliated Research Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Zurich and a member of the working group to revise the 2002 CIOMS / WHO International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects.

Dr Rid studied medicine, philosophy, and history at the University of Freiburg i. Brsg. and at the University of Paris. She obtained her doctorate in medicine for a thesis in experimental electrophysiology (summa cum laude). Dr Rid received her habilitation in biomedical ethics at the University of Zurich, after having trained in bioethics at the Department of Bioethics, U.S. National Institutes of Health.

In the past, Dr Rid worked as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Zurich; as a clinical ethicist (part-time) at the University Hospital Zurich; as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health; as a Senior Ethics Fellow at the World Health Organization’s Ethics Department; as a Pediatric Resident in neonatal intensive care at Charité University Medicine Berlin; and as a Scientific Coordinator for the Parliamentary Commission on “Ethics and Law in Medicine” in the German Parliament.

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  • European Commission, Marie Curie Fellowship (2013-15)

Project: An ethical framework for the “risk-based” regulation of biomedical research

  • University of Zurich, Research Fellowship (2012-13)

Project: Systematic Evaluation of Research Risks

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (2012)

International Workshop: The Relevance of Sufficiency for Just Health Care (with C. Fourie and A. Leist)

  • Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (2011-12)

Project: Risk-based Regulation of Biomedical Research: Ethical Considerations

  • Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (2010-11)

Project: “Minimal Risk in Clinical Research

  • U.S. National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics (2010-11)

Project: Risks of Phase 1 Research with Healthy Volunteers (with E. Emanuel and D. Wendler)

  • U.S. National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics (2009-10)

Project: Systematic Evaluation of Research Risks

  • U.S. National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics (2008-11)

Project: Patients’ Views on Surrogate Decision-Making (with D.Wendler and collaborators at George Washington University Hospital)

  • Swiss National Science Foundation, Fellowship for Advanced Researchers (2007-10)

Project: Risk-benefit assessment in biomedical research

  • University of Zurich, Research Priority Programme in Ethics (2007)

International Workshop: Meeting the Author - Norman Daniels (with N. Biller-Andorno)




  • Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, member of the working group for updating the CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects (2012 - ...)
  • World Health Organization, temporary advisor on the ethics of placebo-controlled vaccine trials (2013)
  • European Society of Medical Oncology, member of the Ethics Committee (2011-12)
  • Swiss Ministry of Health, consultant during the drafting process of the Swiss research regulations (2011)
  • World Health Organization, temporary advisor during the updating process of the WHO Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation (2005-7)

Clinical ethics

  • University Hospital Zurich, clinical ethicist (2011-12)
  • National Institutes of Health, clinical ethicist in the Clinical Center Ethics Consultation Service and member of the Clinical Center Ethics Committee (2007-10)

Research ethics

  • National Institutes of Health, participant observer in the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the National Institute for Allergy and Immune Disease and the National Institute for Child Health and Development (2007-9)


Peer review and editorial activity

Manuscript and book reviews 

  • Bioethics; Journal of Medical Ethics; Public Health Ethics; Journal of Medicine and Philosophy; Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy; Bioethica Forum; Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; IRB: Ethics & Human Research; Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics; Research Ethics; Ethik in der Medizin; Social Science & Medicine; BioSocieties; WHO Bulletin; Journal of General Internal Medicine; Critical Care Medicine; BMJ Open; Pediatrics; Acta Paediatrica; Alzheimer’s & Dementia; American Journal of Transplantation; Clinical Trials; Cell & Tissue Banking (2005 – …)

Editorial activity

  • Editor of a special issue of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (2014)
  • Editorial Board Member, Research Ethics Forum Book Series, Springer Publishing (2012 – …)
  • Co-Editor of a special section of the Journal of Medical Ethics (2009)


Scholarships and awards

  • International Association of Bioethics and Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, University of Southern California, Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research (2012)
  • Fondation Brocher, Visiting Researcher (2012)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation, CH Link award (2009, 2010)
  • U.S. National Institutes of Health, Intramural Research Training Award fellowship (2007-2010)
  • Carlo-Schmid Program for Internships in International Organisations and EU-Institutions, stipend (2004)
  • German Academic Exchange Service scholarship (2000, 2003)
  • University of Freiburg, student delegate to the Annual Meeting of the Nobel Prize Laureats in Lindau (1999)
  • German National Merit Foundation scholarship (1996-2003)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, Dr med in electrophysiology (~MD / PhD), Universität Freiburg

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Arts, BA in philosophy and history, Universität Freiburg

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002


  • BJ Ethics
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Biomedical Ethics


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