Amal Matar

Amal Matar

PhD student

Amal Matar is a graduate of Ain Shams University Medical School in Cairo. She holds a Masters of Science in Biotechnology from the American University in Cairo, and completed the Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative Certificate Program in International Research Ethics at the University of Maryland in 2012. 

In her PhD project Amal Matar is studying ethical issues concerning preconception genetic screening, as it raises general concerns of genetic testing and counseling, and the handling of information and risk assessments. It also raises questions surrounding parental decision-making process and consent procedures, and concerns about screening programs. A central question to the project is how preconception genetic screening accentuates and influences parenthood and pregnancy.

Phone: +46 18 471 62 46


  • Sal IV, Universtetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala 2019-02-28 13:00

    Matar, Amal

    Considering a Baby? Responsible Screening for the Future: Ethical and social implications for implementation and use of preconception expanded carrier screening in Sweden

    Open access
  • Matar, Amal; Höglund, Anna T; Hansson, M G

    “A perfect society”— Swedish policymakers’ ethical and social views on preconception expanded carrier screening

    Part of Journal of Community Genetics, 2018.

    Open access
  • Matar, Amal; Kihlbom, Ulrik; Höglund, Anna T.

    Swedish healthcare providers' perceptions of preconception expanded carrier screening (ECS)—a qualitative study

    Part of Journal of Community Genetics, p. 203-214, 2016.

  • Matar, Amal; Garner, Sam; Millum, Joseph; Sina, Barbara et al.

    Curricular Aspects of the Fogarty Bioethics International Training Programs

    Part of Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, p. 12-23, 2014.

  • Silverman, Henry; Edwards, Hillary; Shamoo, Adil; Matar, Amal et al.

    Enhancing Research Ethics Capacity in the Middle East: Experience and Challenges of a Fogarty-Sponsored Training Program

    Part of Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, p. 40-51, 2013.

  • Matar, Amal; Silverman, Henry

    Perspectives of Egyptian Research Ethics Committees regarding Their Effective Functioning

    Part of Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, p. 32-44, 2013.

Reproductive ethics and cultural sensitivity

Today’s multi-cultural society is a challenge to the health care system, especially when it comes to reproductive and sexual health. At the same time, new technology increases our reproductive choices, increasing the challenges. Find out what Amal Matar has to say about it.

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