Dr. Jantina De Vries


Associate Professor in Bioethics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jantina¬†is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine of the University of Cape Town. Her work focuses on ensuring fair and equitable collaboration in African genomics research and biobanking, and involves empirical research on a range of ethical challenges pertinent to these methodologies. Together with Ambroise Wonkam, Jantina leads the IFGENERA H3Africa ELSI Collaborative Centre, which focuses on exploring African research participants’ views on the return of individual genetic research results generated in the context of genomics research. She is the immediate past Chair of the H3Africa Working Group on Ethics.

Jantina obtained her DPhil at the University of Oxford in the UK in April 2011. She was the ethics coordinator for MalariaGEN, seeking to identify and investigate ethical issues in that project. Her PhD explored questions around ethnic stigmatisation as a risk in population genomic research in Africa. She has published widely on ethical issues in genomics research, on topics like informed consent, data sharing, ethnic stigmatisation, genomic sovereignty and other related topics.