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Professor Dr. Rein Vos (1955) studied medicine and philosophy (cum laude) at the University of Groningen where he also obtained his PhD (cum laude: Drugs Looking for Diseases – Innovative Drug Research and the Development of the Beta Blockers and Calcium Antagonists, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991). He is University Professor Theory of Health Sciences and Chair of the Department of Health Ethics and Philosophy at the Faculty of Health. Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University. He was (1982-1997) staff member Social Pharmacy, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Policy and special professor on history of drug research and pharmacy at the University of Groningen.
In 1990 he was a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Medical Ethics, University of Oslo, Norway. In 1991 he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh and the Department of Medical Humanities, George Washington University, Washington D.C. In 1997 he was a senior investigator and secretary to the Commission on Orphan Drugs. He is a member of the Health Council and Health Research Council advising the Dutch Ministry of Health. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.