Vural Özdemir is Editor-in-Chief for OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, published in New York, with readership in 170 countries. A professor of communications, and senior medical innovation policy and foresight researcher, Vural has previously received a 4-year Canadian faculty award as a “SCIENCE & SOCIETY” fellow to retool in social and political science and health innovation policy. Additionally, he draws from 25 years of interdisciplinary experience as a medical doctor and life scientist in the field of precision medicine, biomarkers, diagnostics research and medical innovation at a systems level.
Vural's policy research and teaching focus on technology foresight and human-centered design, and contribute to the new concept and practice of "NESTED GOVERNANCE" for transparency and accountability in science, ethics, ethics-of-ethics, and knowledge-based innovation.
This line of work aims to cultivate "systems thinking" and thresholds for ethical acceptability of knowledge-based innovations. The methodologies focus on understanding the intertwined social and technical factors that enact on the trajectory from R&D funding, scientific design, laboratory life and practices, to innovation-in-society.
Vural has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on socially responsible innovation; technology policy and horizon scanning; medical journalism; innovation barometers and foresight; global health and precision medicine; history of bioethics; ethics-of-ethics; human rights, diversity and inclusion; and development policy. He serves as Adjunct Professor at the School of Biotechnology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India.