NEUROSYSM940, The nature of disease and suffering and the goals of precision medicine

Welcome to the new Neuro-SysMed course NEUROSYSM940 – The nature of disease and suffering and the goals of precision medicine.

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Precision Medicine (PM) has emerged as a prominent paradigm poised to transform medical research and clinical practice. Through a broad scope of literature, seminars, and cases brought from participants' own research projects, the aim of this course is to facilitate reflection and deliberation on central philosophical and normative issues in the social organization and practices of PM. Key concepts will be utilized to open up the PM paradigm for philosophical criticism and reflection, thus contributing to a knowledge culture of PM where central philosophical, societal, and ethical issues, dilemmas, ambiguities, and controversies can be addressed. Course participants' own background and research questions will actively be used as a point of departure for deliberations and reflections.

You will get knowledge on:

  • Key features and concepts related to PM.
  • Different conceptions of suffering, disease, and health in different research traditions, including the aim and scope of these conceptualizations.
  • Key concepts of responsible research and innovation (RRI), including the aim, historical context, and societal role of RRI.
  • Qualitative (disease specific) research contributions to their research field in PM.
  • How to use different concepts of suffering, disease, and health to open up PM for interdisciplinary deliberation and reflection.
  • How to compare and reflect critically about PM as a novel way of organizing medical research and clinical practice.
  • How to identify, draw, and assess normative implications of PM for research and clinical practice, sociological categories and roles (researcher, physician, patient, user participants), persons living with these diseases, caregivers, and society.
  • How to reflect critically on unarticulated assumptions and premises related to own academic fields and research projects: design, implementation, and impact.
  • How to find and apply relevant qualitative literature to improve reflection on own research project and research field as parts of a broader knowledge culture.

When: April 20 and 21 plus May 05, 2023

Where: Auditorium to be announced, Bergen, campus Haukeland University Hospital

Who: The course is open to PhD candidates, students in the Medical Student Research Program, postdocs and researchers. The course is limited to 15 participants. PhD candidates affiliated with Neuro-SysMed or the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO) will be prioritized. The course will be open nationally and internationally.

Deadline for registration: February 1Non-UiB students register through Søknadsweb, and UiB students register through Studentweb

ECTS: 2 ECTS at the University of Bergen for a fully completed course.

Responsible persons: Caroline Engen, Jan Reinert Karlsen and Nina Agnethe Grytten Torkildsen

More info: at this webpage