Neuro-SysMed (NSM)

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, the aim of this course is to facilitate curiosity, reflection and discussion about issues, ambiguities, and dilemmas emerging from the social organization, practices and visions of PM. Key concepts taken from some of the interdisciplinary research fields addressing the philosophical, ethical, and societal aspects of PM will be used in this facilitating role, including responsible research, and innovation (RRI), theory of science (vitenskapsteori), science and technology studies (STS), and philosophy and ethics of medicine. In order to make the course relevant and ground it in the realities of participants, cases drawn from participants’ own projects, research questions, and backgrounds will be utilized as points of departure for reflections and discussions.

You will gain insights and perspectives about:

  • 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 exchanges 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

Tentative program: on this link

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. Those who are not interested in the study points (ECTS), can register through this non-ECTS registration form, with longer deadline, or until fully booked.

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