Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB)

One of the most important developments or events in the unit's history

CELAB has participated in numerous international, European and local research projects on the ethical and legal interpretation on cutting edge new technologies, such as neuro-enhancement, stem cell research, bio-banking, commodification of the human body, nanotechnology, disaster medicine, repro-genetics, regenerative medicine, transplantation, genetic testing and screening.

Research projects CELAB participated/is participating in:

  • 2013-16 Cell-based regenerative medicine: new challenges for EU legislation and governance (EUCelLEX)
  • 2013-17 Infertility and the Socio-technical Practice of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (OTKA)
  • 2013-16 Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation (NERRI)
  • 2012-16 Disaster Bioethics (COST IS 1201)
  • 2010–2012 European Living Organ Donation (EULOD)
  • 2011-2014 Equal Opportunities for Health: Action for Development
  • 2008–2011 Regenerative medicine in Europe: emerging needs and challenges in a global context (RemediE).
  • 2008–2011 Evaluation of Legislation and Related Guidelines on the Procurement, Storage and Transfer of Human Tissues and Cells in the European Union–an Evidence-Based Impact Analysis (TISS.EU) Contract No: 202204
  • 2008–2009 Development of a Platform for Deliberative Processes on Nanotechnology in the European Consumer Market (NANOPLAT)
  • 2006–2009 Genetic Bio- and DataBanking: Confidentiality and Protection of Data. Towards a European Harmonisation and Policy (GeneBanC)
  • 2006–ongoing IANB-RUIB International Academic Network on Bioethics
  • 2006–2009 Privacy in Law and Ethics in Genetic Data (PRIVILEGED).

The most important development in 2014-15

CELAB organized special mutual learning events with different stakeholders, patients' groups, scientists, students, decision-makers, and designers.

Other important developments in 2014-15

  • The Center hosted workshops with stakeholders in the framework of the Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation (NERRI) research project, and commissioned Hungarian subtitles of the documentary film "Fixed" to facilitate discussion at the events.
  • The Center launched CELAB bioethics seminars.

Engagement with external entities in 2014-15

The Center is involved in the International Academic Network on Bioethics (IANB-RUIB), NERRI and EuCelLEX research projects.

Faculty distinctions in 2014-15

  • "European Union Human Rights Law – The Dynamics of Interpretation and Context" by Marton Varju, researcher at CELAB, published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • CELAB Director Judit Sandor continued to work in the Advisory Board of the DRZE (The German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences and at TASZ (Hungarian Civil Liberties Union.) She is the member of the Hungarian Human Reproduction Commission with the National Research Council.
  • Four new books were published (in English and in French) within the IANB-RUIB project.

Major events in 2014-15

  • Manuela Perrotta of the University of London gave a talk on the bio-social construction of the human body and on assisted reproduction in May 2015.
  • In May 2015, the Center hosted "Stem Cells from Bench to Bed, from Procurement to Application: Ethical and Legal Challenges," an international workshop on the ethical and legal implication of the use of stem cells, in the framework of the Cell-based regenerative medicine: new challenges for EU legislation and governance (EUCelLEX) research project. With participants representing several areas of harvesting, procuring and various stem cells, the workshop focused on the possibility to regulate this dynamic research field in Europe.

Other news or information

CELAB's annual reports are available at