Under what circumstances may autopsies be ordered in the name of infection protection? Do the enabling bases for this order meet the requirements of efficient infection protection – and if not, how should it therefore be designed?
Answering these and other legal questions is the central task of the Institute for Medical Law (IMR) at Bucerius Law School, as part of the collaborative project DEFEAT PANDEMIcs of the "National Network of University Medicine on COVID-19". The Institute's director, Professor Dr. iur. Karsten Gaede, sees this as an "excellent opportunity for the IMR to make an interdisciplinary contribution to a pandemic response significant for COVID-19."
150 MILLION EUROS FOR NEW RESEARCH NETWORK
Alongside a total of 13 collaborative projects, the national research network, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with a grant of 150 million euros, is intended to strengthen and bundle the research activities of German university hospitals. The goal is to improve the exchange of knowledge between hospitals. The aim here is to develop and continuously optimize structures and processes that enable optimal care for COVID-19 patients throughout Germany. To this end, a number of individual collaborative projects have been launched.