Challenges of biomedcines

Project: ResearchInternational collaboration


This project is to investigate the influence the European public and the biomedical science exert on each other. This bio-political relationship will be examined by analysing the variety of important concepts such as 'identity', 'citizenship', and 'integri ty of human body' and to what extent biomédical science interacts with them. The significance of this interaction will be examined in two dimensions: 1. opportunities of participation and governance of medicine and 2. cultural plurality and diversity of pu blic preferences towards biomedicine (esp. genetic testing & transplantation medicine). The cross-cultural comparative investigations will be done in an interdisciplinary team from 8 different countries in Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Europe . Empirical data of lay people and patients attitudes towards participation and cultural aspects of biomedicine will be recorded by focus group discussions, interviews and ethnographic studies. The analysis is organised in three sub-projects: A) The forms of medicalisation and geneticisation and their interaction with concepts of 'body', 'health',and 'identity' B)Ethical reflection on cultural diversity, governance and participation. C)The interference between public understanding of science and participat ion/governance in cultural contexts. The synopsis of these sub-projects will clarify: 1.How governance of science and medico-ethical standards in Europe can be harmonised with cultural variety and multitude of preferences. 2.How and to what extent lay peop le and patients should participate in decision processes in health care and medical institution. 3.The role the various actors, stake holders, lay people, scientists and policy makers could play in European governance of science and clinical research. The results contain recommendations for policy makers and will be disseminated by public presentations, internet and publications.'
Short titleCoB
Effective start/end date2004/04/012007/09/30

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University
  • University of Vienna (Project partner) (lead)
  • Uppsala University (Project partner)
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Project partner)
  • University of Latvia
  • University of Cyprus