Bianca Beuchner, Ph. D, LL.M.

Dr. Bianca Buechner (Ph.D.), LL.M. in Health Law, Policy and Bioethics is a German attorney and admitted to the bar in Germany. Before becoming an Affiliated Faculty member of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, she was a Research Fellow at the IU Center for Bioethics during her studies for her master's degree at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

She gained her Ph.D. in Law from the University of Frankfurt in Germany with her thesis entitled “Human Biological Material as Research Material” (translation). Her research for her dissertation was focused on the research with human biological material and the legal and ethical use in research and biobanking in Germany.

Dr. Buechner was jointly mentored by Dr. Eric Meslin, the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Professor Eleanor D. Kinney, Co-director of the Hall Center for Law and Health, Emeritus. This unique pairing of an ethicist and a lawyer provided strong scientific mentorship as well as mentorship in interdisciplinary science to develop and improve the ethical and legal concepts of research with human biological material. Her research project focused on transnational/cross-border research with human tissue and cells and the exchange of research data between the United States and Germany as a reference state of the European Union.

Dr. Buechner has several internationally recognized publications. She has presented her research at international conferences, such as the Conference for International and Comparative Law at the Washington University of St. Luis (2012), the Stem Cell Society Singapore Symposium 2012, the 6th Vaccine and ISV Congress in Shanghai, China (2012) or the Renmin University of China, Beijing (2012) and the World Vaccine Washington Congress (2013).

In 2013 she joined Dr. Eric Meslin (Director of the Center for Bioethics) as Visiting Researcher at the UMR U 1027, Inserm, Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (March-April 2013) to work more on her research related to stem cell therapy tourism, stem cell therapies and research in the context of international harmonization and the growing area of biotechnologies and regenerative medicine.


Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Human Dignity- Brüstle v. Greenpeace e.V., ECJ, Case C-34/10, October 18, 2011 -, forthcoming.

Vaccinations in Europe and the United States: Different rules, different ethics, but who gets vaccinated in the end?, forthcoming.

Drug Advertising in Social Media – A comparative Analysis between the United States and Germany, forthcoming in The Food and Drug Law Journal (2013), accepted for publication.

The End of Stem Cell Research in Europe?, The European Court of Justice Decision, Case C-34/10, October 18, 2011, (2011)

Delegation of Alternative Practitioners – Liability and Issues Concerning Financial Statements (translation), Report Naturheilkunde 2011, p. 7-11 (Ger.)

Koerpersubstanzen als Forschungsmaterialien – Aufklaerung und Einwilligung bei der Ent-nahme und Verwendung von Koerpersubstanzen (Legal Issues concerning the Research with Human Biological Material - translation), Dissertation 2010 (Ger.)

Das Kontokorrent als Schluessel der “Aufrechnung” im Vertragsarztverhaeltnis, (The Role of Current Accounts for Panel Doctors - translation), SGb 2010, p. 513 – 516 (Ger.)

Was ist eine Befruchtung nach dem Tod? (What is an Insemination Post Mortem? -translation), Legal Tribune Online, (2010) (Ger.)

Die Patientenverfuegung oder Freiheit ist Selbstbestimmung und Selbstbestimmung ist Freiheit (The Living Will or Freedom is Self-determination and Self-determination is Freedom - translation), together with Vanessa Unfried, PatR 2007, p. 133 – 137 (Ger.)

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