BIOS+ About Us
The BIOS+ research group conducts empirically grounded, conceptually sophisticated critical research on the nature and role of life sciences and biotechnologies in society. Drawing on a range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities (primarily sociology and philosophy, but also history, science and technology studies, anthropology) our work explores issues of social justice, democracy, and social and individual identity, in the context of scientific and technological innovation. We investigate knowledge production and translation, regulation and public policy for biosciences and biotechnologies, sociotechnical systems and imaginaries. This work aims to inform, and when appropriate, transform science and health policy.
The current activities of BIOS+ encompass:
A Work in Progress seminar series, organised by Giulia Cavaliere, one of our brilliant PhD students, contact Giulia Cavaliere.
The ‘Data and IT in Health and Medicine’ Laboratory, a thriving initiative coordinated by Federica Lucivero, jointly with Lorenzo del Savio, a former SSHM visiting fellow. Click here for further information.
Biomedical research and health systems are being profoundly affected by the spread of Information technology and big-data approaches. The Data and IT in Health and Medicine Laboratory (DITinH&Me) meets once a month to read, discuss, think and write about the ethical, legal, social and biopolitical issues related to these topics.
The group also contributes to the scholarly and policy debate. For example, it has written a joint response to the World Medical Association draft Declaration on Ethical Considerations Regarding Health Databases and Biobanks. Read the response here.
The group is convened by Dr Federica Lucivero and Dr Lorenzo Del Savio. Please send an email to Federica Lucivero for more information about meeting times and readings.
For any information about the BIOS+ research group, please send an email to Dr. Christine Aicardi