Research Team

Researchers

  • dr. An Ravelingien


An Ravelingien has a Master’s degree in Moral Sciences (2001). In September 2006, she obtained a PhD in Philosophy at Ghent University with a dissertation on the ethics of xenotransplantation. Since January 2007, An is affiliated to the Department of Philosophy at Ghent University as a postdoc research fellow. She has worked on the ethics of emerging neuroenhancement technology research and clinical trials. Currently, she is a member of the GOA research team that is dedicated to qualitative research regarding assisted human reproduction, in particular: the views and experiences (of patients, DI offspring and donors) related to the use of donor gametes.

 

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  • Elia Wyverkens

Elia's research interests concern alternative ways of family building, more specifically families by donor conception (egg or sperm donation). As a clinical psychologist, she aims to explore the experiences of couples using egg or sperm donation and how they deal with the involvement of a third party in their intimate dyad as a couple. 

 

Contact

Ghent University
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Dept. of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000 Ghent
Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)9 264 86 14
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  • dr. Hanna Van Parys

Hanna Van Parys is a clinical psychologist and received her PhD from University of Leuven in 2012. Her research interests focus on the experience of family relationships in different family constellations such as families with a depressed parent, families after medically assisted reproduction and reconstituted families. She also works as a family therapist at the Psychiatric Unit of the University Hospital Ghent.

From a methodological point of view she is interested in qualitative research methods such as Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and microanalysis as well as the application of these methods in varying research designs (e.g. interviews with children, with couples and with families).

  

Contact

Ghent University
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Dept. of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000 Ghent
Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)9 264 64 70
E-mail:


 

  

  • Inez Raes

Inez Raes holds a Master's degree in Philosophy (Ghent University, 2011) and is currently a PhD researcher at the Bioethics Institute Ghent, working on the ‘Parenthood Research’ project. Her work is twofold. On the one hand she focusses on the analysis of the empirical data gathered in this study. In this regard she concentrates on several normative concepts as explained by the participants. On the other hand, her work focusses on the analysis of purely normative questions in the broad field of assisted reproduction.

  

Contact

Ghent University
Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG)
Dept. of Philosophy and Moral Sciences
Blandijnberg 2
B-9000 Ghent
Belgium

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  • Sara Somers

In 2011, Sara Somers graduated with a Master’s degree in Science in Midwifery and in 2012 she finished her specific teacher training, both at the Ghent University. She is currently working at the Department of Reproductive Medicine at Ghent University Hospital where she is also involved in industry-sponsored research as a study nurse.

Aside of this, she works part time on the Parenthood project at Ghent University. As a research assistant she guarantees that procedures and regulations in the hospital context are respected and she is actively involved in data-analysis.

Contact

University Hospital Ghent/Ghent University
Dept. of Reproductive Medicine (1P4)
De Pintelaan 185
B - 9000 Ghent

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  • Isabelle Stuyver

Isabelle Stuyver is a clinical psychologist and worked already for many years at the Department of Reproductive Medicine of the University Hospital Ghent. She guides as marital and family therapist the fertility process of many couples. She is confronted with prospective parents who wish to use donor eggs or donor sperm to fulfill their desire to have children. Her research interests are in the field of psychological counselling in reproductive medicine.

 

 

Contact

University Hospital Ghent
Dept. of Reproductive Medicine (1P4)
De Pintelaan 185
B- 9000 Ghent

E-mail:

 

 

Coordinator

  • Prof. dr. Veerle Provoost

Veerle Provoost is a (parttime) professor of empirical research methods for ethics and bioethics and a postdoctoral researcher of the Bioethics Institute Ghent. She has a Masters in Philosophy (Ghent University, 1997), a Masters in Gerontology (Free University of Brussels, 2000). She obtained her PhD in Social Health Sciences in 2005 (Free University of Brussels) with a dissertation on end-of-life decisions for neonates and infants.

Currently, she is the coordinator of the Task Force on Ethics and Law and the Special Interest Group Ethics & Law of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Her research interests centre on empirical bioethics in the field of reproductive medicine. She studied patients' reproductive decision-making (with a focus on decisions about the disposition of surplus cryopreserved embryos) and is currently coordinating an interdisciplinary team of researchers who work on a study about genetic and social parenthood in the context of donor conception.


Contact


Ghent University
Bioethics Institute Ghent
Dept. of Philosophy and Moral Sciences
Blandijnberg 2
B-9000 Ghent
Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)9 264 14 04
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+32 (0)50 31 59 73
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Fax: +32 (0)9 264 41 87

  

Supervisors

  • Prof. dr. Ann Buysse

Ann Buysse is full professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (Ghent University). At the department Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, she is head of the research team of family psychology (Family Lab). She is also co-founder and teacher of the permanent training (continuing education) Partner relationship-, Family- and Systemic Psychotherapy, and the permanent training Divorce Mediation (Ghent University). She is the spokesperson of the research coordinator grant in Clinical Psychology, a project on the integration of several subprograms within clinical psychology at the faculty.

As a researcher, she has plenty of expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, interdisciplinary research, fundamental outcome and process research, and methodical research in the field of family psychology. Recently, she was head promotor of two interdisciplinary and inter-university research projects: one on divorce in Flanders (IPOS research) and one on sexual health in Flanders (Sexpert research). Currently, she is co-promotor of an interdisciplinary research project on social and genetic parenthood (GOA Parenthood) and of a interdisciplinary, inter-university research project on processes in reconstituted families (FittiF). She (co-)authored several key publications in the field, amongst others in the Journal of Family Psychology and in Personal Relationships. Her research topics include empathy, conflict, social support, communication, influence, and agency in a variety of families.

Contact

Ghent University
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Dept. of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000 Ghent
Belgium

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  • Prof. dr. Guido Pennings

Guido Pennings is professor of ethics and bioethics at Ghent University (Belgium) where he is also the director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG). He mainly publishes on ethical problems associated with medically assisted reproduction and genetics including sex selection, gamete donation, stem cell research, fertility preservation, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.

In addition, he is Affiliate Lecturer in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies at Cambridge University and Guest Professor on “Ethics in Reproductive Medicine” at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Free University Brussels.

He is a member of the Task Force on Ethics and Law of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics and the Federal Commission on Research on Embryos in vitro.

 

Contact

Ghent University
Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG)
Dept. of Philosophy and Moral Science
Blandijnberg 2
B-9000 Ghent
Belgium


E-mail:
Website: http://users.ugent.be/~gpenning

 

 

  • Prof. dr. Petra De Sutter

Prof. Dr. Petra De Sutter studied medical sciences at the University of Ghent and graduated in 1987. In 1991 she received her PhD in Biomedical sciences, and she stayed in 1991 and 1992 in Chicago, where she conducted fundamental research into the genetics of human and mouse oocytes. In 1994 she also received her recognition as a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics. In 1994 she obtained a second PhD and in 2000 she was appointed as a professor at the University of Ghent.

Currently, she is full professor at the University of Ghent and Head of the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University Hospital Ghent. As a gynaecologist, she exclusively deals with the diagnosis and treatment of cycle disturbances and fertility problems. Especially PCOS and all techniques of medically assisted reproduction belong to her area of interest. She is the holder of a fundamental clinical research mandate of the Flemish Foundation for Scientific Research, and manages a team of twelve researchers working on the subjects of embryonic stem cells, oocyte activation and fertility preservation. Besides, she is also a member of numerous councils and committees, like the

College of Physicians in Reproductive Medicine, the Accreditation Committee in Ob&Gyn, the College of the High Health Council, and the Royal Academy of Medicine. She wrote more than 280 publications in peer-reviewed journals, as chapters in books or proceedings, and (co-)authored more than 350 conference communications.

 

 

Contact

Head Dept. Reproductive Medicine
University Hospital Ghent
De Pintelaan 185
B-9000 Ghent
Belgium