The Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine


The Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine

Innovative research and teaching

The Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine is divided into three main research areas: Medical and Neuroethics, History of Medicine. In addition, clinical ethics offers case consultations in everyday clinical practice. The heart of the Institute is the team of international scientists who offer innovative teaching at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU).

Embedded Ethics
  • For us, embedded ethics means the integration of ethical thinking strategies where technology is developed.
  • Together with our colleagues in externally funded projects, we collaboratively research and develop best practices for the embedded ethics approach
  • To consolidate and further develop this approach, we have established the Munich Embedded Ethics Lab (MEEL).
AI Ethics
  • Machine learning becomes an integral part of research and development in medicine
  • We work with AI ethics frameworks to anticipate the opportunities and risks of these technologies and to further develop knowledge about them
Research Ethics
  • Research ethics plays a key role in the generation of new knowledge, especially in medicine.
  • In our consortia, we therefore develop new approaches to research ethics issues and incorporate these into ongoing projects
Public Health Ethics
  • Public health issues are moving more and more into the public focus
  • As a group, we are engaged in developing strategies to deal with current public health issues and are available for consultation in times of crisis
  • The Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC) aims to promote and support a competent approach to ethical challenges in patient care and clinical work
  • The CEC stands as a forum for the discussion of ethical issues at the hospital and for ethics case consultation
Ethics Consultation
  • Ethical issues in everyday clinical practice are manifold
  • The joint development of new services, such as consults and visit support, is a priority in order to make well-founded consultation possible.
  • Since 2023 a new professorship belongs to the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine
  • Dr. Marcello Ienca's team addresses ethical issues in the field of neuroscience and technologies
History of Medicine
  • History of medicine deals with the developments, lines of continuity and ruptures in medicine from a historical perspective
  • One of the Institute's research focuses is on the subject of medicine under National Socialism
  • In addition to researching the work of medical professionals, the focus is equally on the patient perspective
Medical Ethics
  • Medical ethics research and teaching at IGEM encompasses the entire field of biomedical and public health ethics
  • A particular focus is on issues related to the responsible development and adoption of new biomedical technologies in the healthcare sector
Medical Ethics
Clinical Ethics
  • Currently, the Clinical Ethics service is represented by the Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC), the Mobile Ethics Team, and the Senior Clinical Ethics Physician
  • The further development of ethics structures and services at the hospital is carried out in close cooperation with the employees in order to use existing processes and to implement suitable structures in the hospital's daily routine in the long term.
  • Research at IGEM is carried out in numerous projects, funded by third-party donors such as the EU, BMBF, DFG, NIH, Max Planck Society and bidt.
  • Since 2018, the institute has raised over 3.5 million euros in funding.
  • IGEM maintains cooperations with other departments within TUM as well as with other universities and institutes from Germany and abroad.
  • The IGEM teaches mainly in the course of study of human medicine at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
  • With two electives, a lecture, various seminars and workshops, ethics will be more integrated into medical education.
  • The employees of the institute are internationally positioned.
  • They are concerned with the ethical, theoretical and historical dimensions of medicine in research and teaching.


Although the Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine (IHEM) has been undergoing a realignment since 2018, it has already been able to establish a place among the most research-intensive institutes in this subject area in the German-speaking world.


The IHEM teaches predominantly in the study program of human medicine at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). With lectures, seminars, workshops and other events, the IHEM would like to contribute to an even stronger integration of medical ethics into medical education.

Clinical Ethics

Within the framework of clinical ethics, the Institute offers applied ethics in everyday clinical practice. Here, the Clinical Ethics Committee (KEK) aims to promote and support a competent approach to ethical challenges in patient care and clinical work.


The Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine welcomes your contact.

T  +49 89 4140 4041
M  medizinethik.med@tum.de

Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (core hours)
Ismaninger street 22
81675 Munich