We have the pleasure to invite you to our first SSHM Seminar Series event in March. Prof. Silke Schicktanz (Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Goettingen,Germany) will present her work:
“Taking it personally?! Professionals’ hopes and patients’ pragmatics about personalised medicine – insights from an integrated empirical-ethical study”.
Abstract: Personalized medicine promises better diagnostics and treatment and aims to reduce side-effects and to provide ‘tailored’ treatment procedures. Especially in cancer treatment, where serious side effects and low treatment efficacy are often a challenge, this seems very promising and timely. However, ‘personalised’ medicine is more of a long-term goal than an already established practice.
This talk highlights several of the aspirations and expectations expressed by the expert community as well as by patients. Both groups are currently involved in a large research project about personalised treatment of colorectal cancer. The project forms part of an interdisciplinary German research consortium on personalised cancer treatment of colorectal cancer, which includes experts from oncology, surgery, genetics, molecular biology, pharmacology, data mining and data handling, and ethics. In this talk, conflicting lines of argumentation and colliding expectations between professionals and patients will be highlighted. Thereby, it is hoped to contribute to an empirically informed discussion around the ethics of personalized medicine.
Since April 2010, Silke Schicktanz has been full-professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany. Her Research focuses on the cultural and ethical study of biomedicine. Since 2011 she has held an Adjunct Professorship in the Department of Philosophy at the San Francisco State University.
Her current research combines the following interests: Cultural differences in bioethics (esp. organ donation, genetic testing, ageing and dying, personalised medicine); the role of body and identity in bioethics; normative and lay concepts of autonomy, trust, and responsibility; lay people and patients’ perspective on bioethics and health politics; and the relationship between ethics and empirical studies.
The seminar will take place on Wednesday 5th March from 12:00-13:30 in room F-WB 2.46, Waterloo Campus.
We hope that many of you can join us!