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Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
National phd course

Cancer Research: Ethical, economical and societal aspects

Have you ever struggled to cope with the complexity of cancer biology, while also trying to produce results that are relevant for the research community? Or maybe you've thought about the difficult gap between patients' expectations and what your science can actually provide?

doctor balancing on a wire which is a stetoscope, high up in the air.
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Have you thought wider about how your science can contribute to debates on what is good for society? And if everyone should have access to the newest cancer therapy? If these questions have crossed your mind, this course is made for you!

Join the CCBIO teaching team of Roger Strand, Anne Blanchard and John Cairns in discussions where we will together reflect on these and other questions.

The course focuses on ethical, economical and societal aspects of cancer and cancer research and aims to equip PhD candidates with tools for systematic reflection on their own and related research as well as methods for assessing the cost benefit of health measures and methods of treatment. 

Preparing for important dilemmas and prioritisation

Researchers and clinicians in the field of cancer research and care face important dilemmas daily regarding for instance the prioritisation of research questions, or the choice between treatments for a patient. These dilemmas, involving both ethical considerations and health economics, can determine upon life and death for individual patients.

The PhD course CCBIO 903 aims to give the opportunity to PhD candidates within cancer research to discuss these dilemmas. The course will focus on aspects such as how to assess the cost-effectiveness of cancer biomarkers, how to make medical decisions when surrounded by risks, uncertainties and even ignorance, what the ‘good life’ can actually mean, and what the future may hold for cancer research. PhD candidates will be invited to reflect upon the ethical, economic and social aspects of their own research, in interaction with scholars and other students as well as in an essay.

When - who

Dates: May 23rd to 27th and June 13th to 17th 2016.

This course is open to PhD candidates affiliated with the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO), to other PhD candidates and to students at the Medical Student Research Programme. (5-credit course). All PhD students in cancer research (in Norway and abroad) are welcome to apply.

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You can find practical information about the course here. Find poster with program here.

Also read article: Challenging life and death