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Message posted on 12/02/2018

EASST conference Panel C26 -Precision Medicine at the Crossroads

3 more days to consider offering papers to our panel at EASST:
C26 -Precision Medicine at the Crossroads: Meeting the Micro and Macro, the
Molecular and Social in New Medical Strategies


your convenors:

Nadav Even Chorev (European Institute of Oncology)
Ilaria Galasso (European Institute of Oncology)

Short abs.:Novel precision medicine frameworks are casted across many
levels of analysis and intervention. On the micro end are molecular-guided
personalized treatments, on the macro end are cohort studies on
populations. We invite papers focusing on meetings and alignments of
multiple medical configurations.

Long abs.:

Medical strategies have evolved in the last two decades in an attempt to
overhaul dominant evidence-based practices and achieve better medical
outcomes, by customizing treatment and prevention strategies with higher
and higher resolution. Far from being monolithic, this medical
configuration is articulated across many levels. On the micro end of the
spectrum are personalized practices focused on tailoring treatments to the
specific needs, predispositions and unique molecular landscapes of the
individual patient. On the macro end of the spectrum are epidemiological
studies focused on whole populations, embodied in large prospective
cohorts, which are often the framework of precision medicine programs (like
the American All of Us Research Project, or the 100K Genomes Project in the
UK). The underlying assumption of precision medicine is one of continuity
between these two ends, where molecular individual characterizations lead
to population-wide improvements and population genomic commonalities result
in personalized therapies.

Seemingly disparate, this range of approaches is characterized by the
attempt to reshape both medical practice and its underlying epistemology,
individual conduct and societal attitudes. Considering the promissory
aspirations of the precision\personalized sociotechnical enterprise, we
invite papers that critically engage with this multiplicity of analytical
levels. We are particularly interested in examining to what extent and how
these practices meet each other and 'hang together' to form a distinct
assemblage. This can be approached through different levels of analysis,
case studies and either empirical or theoretical inquiries.
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