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Challenges of biomedicine - socio-cultural contexts, European governance and bioethics

Challenges of biomedicine - socio-cultural contexts, European governance and bioethics

Objective

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.'

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Address

Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring 1
Wien

Austria

Administrative Contact

Ulrike FELT (Professor)

Participants (8)

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HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

HOSPITAL ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS III

Cyprus

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE

Latvia

UNIVERSITE DE NANCY 2

France

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

BEREICH HUMANMEDIZIN DER GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 510238

  • Start date

    1 April 2004

  • End date

    30 September 2007

Funded under:

FP6-SOCIETY

  • Overall budget:

    € 716 438

  • EU contribution

    € 716 438

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria