Bjørn Morten Hofmann

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Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Health technology
  • Philosophy of medicine
  • (Bio)medical ethics
  • Ethics in health technology assessment
  • Philosophy of health sciences and technology

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Courses taught

  • Medical ethics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of medicine and health care (basic concepts)
  • Hva er sykdom [Ethical and epistemological challenges with the concept of disease]


  • Ph.D in philosophy of medicine
  • M.Sc. in biomedical engineering
  • Philosophy and history of ideas

Positions held

  • United Nations Scientific Committee for Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), member of expert group Attribution of health effects to radiation exposure, 2009-2011.
  • Member of the National Board for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, 2010-14.
  • Member of the Council for The Norwegian University for Science and Technology’s strategic program for medical technology, Trondheim 2009-2013.
  • Member of working group on newborn screening by the Directorate of Health, 2008.
  • Member of the Directorate for Health and Social Affairs, reference group for biopolitical issues (Bioreferansegruppa), 01.07.2007-01.07.2010.
  • Member of working group in EUNETHTA (European Network for HTA Agencies) in the elaboration of a ”core model” for integrating ethics in health technology assessment, 2006.
  • Board member, Ethics program, University of Oslo, 2006-9.


  • EUNETHTA (European Network for HTA Agencies)
  • Working Group on Ethics i International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessments (INAHTA), 2005-
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Model: Knowledge and Norms, Epistemology and Ethics 

•    Health
•    Futility
•    Over-diagnosis
•    Disease, Illness, Sickness
•    Biological material 
•    Autonomy
•    Function(ing)
•    Naturalness 
•    Enhancement
•    Causality
•    Paradox

Technology (norms of practice)
•    Assessment (HTA)
•    Emergence, framing, and formation of technology
•    Ethics of technology (technology, norms, and values)
•    ART
•    Diagnostics
•    Cancer screening 
•    Prenatal diagnosis
•    Gene editing 

Norms of knowledge

Science ethics 
•    Scientific misconduct (FFP)
•    Publication ethics
•    Research integrity

Knowledge generation
•    Diagnosis, Classification
•    Study design
•    Validation

Forms of rationality
•    Association/Causation
•    Interference/Explanation 

(Bio)medical ethics
•    Clinical ethics:
•    Surgery, organ tx, Palliation, Information, Competency, prioritization
•    Autonomy/Consent/SDM
•    Biobank, Heath registries 
•    Diagnostic dilemmas, incidental findings
•    Screening
•    Research ethics: Humans/animals
•    Professional ethics 


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  • Hofmann, Bjørn Morten (2022). Amended HTA using the VALIDATE framework.
  • Hofmann, Bjørn Morten (2021). Velferdsteknologi og etikk.

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Published Apr. 13, 2011 2:44 PM - Last modified Sep. 19, 2022 9:11 AM