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The public debate on umbilical cord blood banking in Greece: Approaches from the interdisciplinary field Science, Technology & Society (STS)

Research project funded by the Special Grant and Support Program for Scholars’ Association Members, Academic Year 2016/2017, Onassis Foundation. The Department of History and Philosophy of Science, School of Science. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, is the academic host of the project. The faculty member responsible for hosting the project is Associate Professor Aristotle Tympas.

Research Project Title: The public debate on umbilical cord blood banking in Greece: Approaches from the interdisciplinary field Science, Technology & Society (STS)

Duration: 01/10/2016 - 30/09/2018

Researchers:
Grant beneficiary and principal investigator: Constantinos Morfakis, PhD Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Co-researcher: Katerina Vlantoni, PhD Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Project summary:
The research project focuses on various aspects of the debates which took place in the public sphere, including the policy-making domain and the media, on the establishment and operation of umbilical cord blood banks in Greece. In most western countries, the governance of the umbilical cord blood banks has been established relying heavily on the confrontation between public and private banks. The case of Greece is particularly interesting because, in 2010, the greatest number of private banks in relation to the population worldwide were active. The research project will study the formulation of the legislsation and the regulatory framework for the operation of bio-banks and the issues arising in connection with the communication of complex scientific issues, like that of the 'deposit' cord blood to a bio-bank (public and private). Attention will, also, be paid to the public image of the bio-banks, by examining the Greek Press. The project aims to highlight the convergences and the distinct aspects regarding the formation and operation of umbilical cord blood banks in Greece, as compared with other countries, by utilizing STS literature on the topic. In addition, the research project ought to explore the ways in which the complex practices of handling biological material are expressed in the materialities, technologies, scientific research, clinical practice and the regulatory and institutional settings involved.

 

 

For more information, contact: C. Morfakis (cmorfakis (at) phs.uoa.gr)

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