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Screening for cancer in the post-genomic era: diagnostic innovation and biomedicalisation in comparative perspective

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Cancer screening and the diagnostics industry: a comparative analysis of the political economy of diagnostic innovation
A decade after the Human Genome Project, major public and private investments continue to fuel expectations of a genomic revolution in biomedicine. The freight of expectations surrounding the new “age of diagnostics” is accompanied by much uncertainty about how public policy should steer diagnostic innovation, with much debate about inter alia the harms of creating diagnostic monopolies through gene patenting, and the risks of under- or over-regulation. However, due to the paucity of research on diagnostic innovation, policy deliberation is driven more by anecdote and expert opinion than empirical evidence. With a specific focus on screening/early detection of cancer, this project will map industry dynamics, technological trajectories and regulatory developments in Europe and the USA from 1996 to the present day. Combining quantitative and qualitative methods, the project’s innovative dimensions include a new conceptual model of socio-technical transition in the diagnostics sector, and the first integrative analysis linking scientometric data on the interactions between public and private actors in the diagnostic research domain with comparative transnational analysis of regulatory decision-making. Through a novel integration of conceptual insights from the literature on biomedicalisation and scholarship on socio-technical regime change, this project aims to advance both fields of research by applying a new multi-scale, multi-level model of socio-technical transition. The project will provide unprecedented insight into the factors shaping the development of a new generation of molecular diagnostic tests, and examine how these technologies are reconfiguring disease categories and redrawing the boundaries between health and sickness. We will establish a platform of theory and methods for a broader programme of work on diagnostic innovation.

Dziedzina nauki

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/political economy
  • /nauki społeczne/nauki polityczne/polityka władz publicznych

Zaproszenie do składania wniosków

ERC-2016-STG
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System finansowania

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Instytucja przyjmująca

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Adres
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Wkład UE
€ 1 047 674,06

Beneficjenci (2)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Wkład UE
€ 1 047 674,06
Adres
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
Wkład UE
€ 300 317,94
Adres
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments