Noortje Jacobs (N.)
Since September 2012, Noortje Jacobs is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University. Her PhD-project is in the field of medical history and she specifically focuses on the history of medical ethics and human experimentation.
Noortje charts the rise of medical-ethics committees in the Netherlands after the Second World War and tries to explain why, during this period, institutional review came to replace traditional professional etiquette as a regulatory ideal for guaranteeing ethical research practices on the shop floor of the Dutch hospital and research clinic. In addition, she researches the historical crystallization of clinical research ethics in the Netherlands after the Second World War. Mapping the ways in which clinical research ethics have historically been understood, mobilized and institutionalized can contribute valuable insights for both historians and medical ethicists into the complexities and contingencies of developing robust medico-ethical oversight for experimental tests upon human beings in a globalising world.
Noortje obtained her Bachelors Degree summa cum laude at University College Maastricht and UC Berkeley, majoring in gender and diversity studies with a focus on the role of modern science in the shaping of meaningful conceptualizations of the (human) body. She obtained her Research Masters Degree cum laude at the Descartes Centre of Utrecht University and the University of Oxford, specializing in the history of medicine and medical ethics.
Her RMA-thesis narrates the reception of the Nuremberg Code in the Netherlands in the first decade after the Second World War and maps the historical relation of the international medico-ethical document regarding the 1955 Dutch Guidelines for Tests upon Human Beings, the Dutch antivivisectionists movement and the corporate identity of the Dutch medical profession in a modernizing society. This thesis was awarded the 2012 Pieter van Foreest science award for academic talent in the medical humanities and the 2013 Descartes-Huygens thesis award in the field of history of science and universities.
Professional career history
- 2012/2016: Graduate School program of WTMC.
- 2010/2: RMA Historical and Comparative Studies of the Sciences and the Humanities – Descartes Centre, Utrecht University. Cum Laude
- 2011: University of Oxford (UK) – semester abroad at The Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine under direction of Prof.dr. Mark Harrison. First-Class Honours.
- 2005/8: BA University College Maastricht. In 3 years. Summa Cum Laude.
- 2007: University of California, Berkeley – semester abroad. GPA: 3.925 (8.9).
- 2001/5: Commanderij College Gemert – secundary school, gymnasium. GPA: 8.7.
- 2012: Internship at the Rathenau Institute and the European Medicines Agency. Focus: the implications of the move of synthetic biology into the clinic for the European regulation of medicinal products.
- 2011: Co-organising the Biennial Conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health – under direction of Prof.dr Frank Huisman.
- 2009: Coordinator student affairs and skills trainer – Pre-medical Program Maastricht University.
- 2008/9: Alumni teacher – University College Maastricht and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.
- 2013: Descartes-Huygens thesis award in the field of History of Science and Universities.
- 2013: Historia Medicinae award for the best PhD-presentation at the 2013 conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health
- 2012: Pieter van Foreest science award for academic talent in the medical humanities.
- 2009: Alumni speech Fall Graduation Ceremony – University College Maastricht.
- 2008: Winner Best Thesis of the Humanities Faculty Award – Maastricht University.
- 2007: Winner of the yearly Academic Debate – University College Maastricht.
- 2005: CITO-Prize for Gymnasium: Winning Translation of Ovidius' Metamorphoses.
- 2013: Colloquium Descartes Centre Utrecht University: 'History of Medical Ethics: What's the Use?'.
- 2013: Masterclass Prof.dr Peter Galison: 'An Objective Warrant for Ethical Research'.
- 2013: EAHMH-Lisbon Conference on Risk and Disaster: 'Risk as Moral Obligation'.
- 2013: Gewina-Woudschoten conference (5) 2013: 'How to Use Explanation? Trust in Numbers and the rise of institutional review in the Netherlands' (together with Timo Bolt).
- 2013: Workshop 'Rethinking Bioethical Expertise' at Queens University Belfast: 'Bioethics: ethical expertise or humanistic stance?'.
- 2013: Promovendicongres Wetenschapsgeschiedenis in de Lage Landen.
Panel Discussions & Master Classes
- 2013: Masterclass with Peter Galison - Descartes Centre Utrecht University.
- 2011: Two-day international master class with Donna Haraway – the Centre of Humanities, Utrecht University.
- 2009: Panelist with Anja Meulenbelt – Tough Talk on Women and Islam for UCM Extract.
- 2008: Panelist – Tough Talk on American elections of 2008 for UCM Extract.
- 2013: Editorial board Shells and Pebbles(http://shellsandpebbles.wordpress.com/)
- 2009: Editorial board Maastricht Journal of Liberal Arts (MJLA).
- 2007/9: Editorial board Theezeef – Student Association KoKo (2006/7: editor in chief).
- 2007: Editorial board Mozaïek – academic journal Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.
- Noortje Jacobs, 'Objectieve Wetenschap? I just don't buy it!', in Mozaïek Vol.9, Nr.1 (Spring 2007), 23-27.
- Karin de Kroes & Noortje Jacobs, 'Jeltje heeft de touwtjes in handen. Gesprek met een gedreven feministe en politica', in Mozaïek Vol.9, Nr.2 (Fall 2007), pp.15-19.