Gert Helgesson

Gert Helgesson

Professor | Docent
Telephone: +46852483767
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset, Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17165 Solna
Postal address: C7 Lärande, Informatik, Management och Etik, C7 Etik Helgesson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am professor in medical ethics at the Department of learning, informatics, management and ethics (LIME), Karolinska Institutet.


  • I studied practical philosophy (ethics) at Uppsala University and defended my thesis on value assumptions in microeconomics in 2002. Since 2002 I have worked with medical ethics, first in Uppsala and then at Karolinska Institutet, in particular with ethical matters relating to medical research, but also clinical medical ethics. I became associate professor (docent) at KI 2008 and full professor 2015.


  • My research group is interested in interdisciplinary collaboration, so do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues if you want to explore common interests.


  • My research is dedicated to medical ethics, which includes both empirical and philosophical work on ethical matters in medicine. I do research in both main fields of medical ethics, i.e., clinical medical ethics (healthcare ethics) and medical research ethics. As a medical ethicist, I have a quite broad general competence in doing applied ethics, that is applying the ethics toolbox to a variety of areas. This means I can be open to collaboration with researchers from many different fields. In collaboration, we can identify and analyze ethical aspects of clinical and research ethical issues at hand.


  • Presently, I participate in a project on the best interest of the child, focusing on decisions concerning children in social care. This is a collaboration between researchers in medical ethics, law, and social work. I also work on authorship issues in citizen science, (non-standard applications of) plagiarism, patient-centred care and shared decision-making, rational suicides, and ethical issues on live tissue training.


  • I have teaching experience in ethics, medical ethics, research ethics, and philosophy of science. I presently mainly teach research ethics, to master students, doctoral students, and doctoral supervisors. But I also participate in physicians' specialist training, with days exploring clinical ethical issues.

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  • Professor, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, 2015-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2008
  • Phd in ethics, Practical philosophy (ethics), Values, Norms & Ideology in Mainstream Economics, Uppsala University, 2002

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