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Barbara Prainsack is a Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, and at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. At the University Vienna she directs the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS). Her work explores the social, regulatory and ethical dimensions of biomedicine and bioscience, with current projects focusing on personalised and “precision” medicine, on citizen participation in science and medicine, and the role of solidarity in medicine and healthcare. Her latest books include: Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21st Century? (NYU University Press, 2017); Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond (with Alena Buyx, Cambridge University Press, 2017), and Genetics as Social Practice (ed. with Silke Schicktanz and Gabriele Werner-Felmayer, Routledge, 2014). Barbara’s activities in providing policy advise include her membership of the Austrian National Bioethics Committee, and of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies advising the European Commission. Barbara is a former member of the Biometrics and Forensics Ethics group at the British Home Office.