Translations and transformations in patienthood: cancer in the post-genomics era


  • Prof Sarah Cunningham-Burley

    University of Edinburgh

  • Prof Anne Kerr

    University of Leeds

Project summary

Professor Cunningham and Professor Kerr are researching how patients and patient experiences have been impacted by transformed cancer treatments as a result of the post-genomic revolution. Social scientists have tended to focus on the social and ethical dimensions of genomic research, informed consent and expectations in emergent markets. The ultimate aim of this project, though, is to explore where and how patients feature in cancer research, clinical practice, service reorganisation, advocacy work and public health. It is an interdisciplinary project with science and technology studies, medical sociology and bioethics.