Prof. Dr. med.

Wolfram Henn

Saarland University

Focus of the Commitment in the German Ethics Council

  • Human Genetics
  • Informational self-determination
  • Research Ethics

Contact for Press Enquiries on the Following Topics

  • Human Genetics
  • Informational self-determination
  • Research Ethics

Born in 1961

Professional Background

  • Since 2005 Working part-time as consultant clinical geneticist in Kaiserslautern
  • Since 2004 Head of the Genetic Counselling Centre of Saarland University
  • 2003 Appointment as Adjunct Professor
  • 2002 Venia legendi in Ethics of Medicine
  • 1998 Certificate of competence as Commissioner for Biological Security
  • 1996 Habilitation in Human Genetics
  • 1996 Certificate of qualification in Cytogenetic Laboratory Diagnostics
  • 1995 Medical Specialist in Human Genetics
  • 1992 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Human Genetics in Homburg/Saar
  • 1992 Research Fellow of the Hedwig-Stalter-Foundation
  • 1990-1991 Training Fellow of Aktion Sorgenkind
  • 1989-1990 Junior Doctor
  • 1988 PhD as Dr. med.
  • 1982-1988 Study of Medicine in Homburg/Saar
  • 1981-1983 Studies of Law and English Literature in Saarbrücken


  • Since 2016 Member of the German Ethics Council
  • Since 2016 Member of the Ethics Commission at the State Medical Chamber of Saarland
  • Since 2015 Deputy Member of the Ethics Commission for Pre-implantation Diagnostics at the State Medical Chamber of Baden-Württemberg
  • Since 2007 Member of the Central Ethics Commission at the German Medical Association (since 2010 Member of the Board; since 2013 Deputy Chairperson)
  • Since 2007 Member of the Advisory Board of the German Down Syndrome Information Centre
  • Since 1996 Member of the Academy for Ethics in Medicine
  • Since 1990 Member of the German Society of Human Genetics
  • 2009-2014 Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Ethik in der Medizin
  • 2001-2010 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Academy of the Palatinate
  • 2005-2009 Chairman of the Committee on Policy Statements and Ethical Issues of the German Society of Human Genetics
  • 2000-2008 Coordinator of the working group "Reproductive Medicine and Embryo Protection" at the Academy of Ethics in Medicine
  • 1999-2004 Member of the Commission for Cytogenetics of the German Society of Human Genetics


  • 2011 Felix Koßmann Prize
  • 2007 Down Syndrome Award "Moritz"
  • 1996 Calogero Pagliarello Award
  • 1992 Hedwig Stalter Award

Publications (Selection)

  • Henn, W.; Coester-Waltjen, D. (2020): Operative Eingriffe bei intergeschlechtlichen und transgeschlechtlichen Kindern. In: FamRZ, 7, 481-488.
  • Henn, W. (2020): COVID-19-Krankenhausentlastungsgesetz: Ärztliche Therapiefreiheit unverzichtbar. In: Deutsches Ärzteblatt 20/2020.
  • Atzinger, L.; Henn, W. (2020): A classification of the aims of vaccination and its relevance to transgenerational justice. In: Journal of Global Health, 10 (1), 010341.
  • Henn, W. (2019): Impfen – eine individuelle Entscheidung? In: Frauenarzt, 60, 721-723.
  • Freilinger, P. et al. (2018): Behavioral and psychological features in girls and women with triple-X syndrome. In: American Journal Med Genet A, 176 (11), 2284-2291.
  • Henn. W. (2015): Ethical, legal and psychosocial aspects of molecular genetic diagnosis. In: Keller, A.; Meese, E. (ed.): Nuclear acids as molecular diagnostics. Weinheim, 349-360.
  • Henn, W. (2015): Postnatale genetische Diagnostik. In: Marckmann, G. (ed.): Praxisbuch Ethik in der Medizin. Berlin, 303-312.