Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies (MeST)
The Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies (MeST) brings together a diverse group of researchers in bioethics, medical anthropology, philosophy, and STS who share an interest in healthcare technologies, practices and institutions. We are also involved in fostering these perspectives in many degree programs within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.
The Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies (MeST) was established in 2010 by Lene Koch as a collaboration between scholars in the Section of Health Services Research and Medical Museion, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. Previous directors also include Mette Nordahl Svendsen and Henriette Langstrup. MeST is currently headed by Ezio Di Nucci together with Co-Director Anja Jensen
MeST is affiliated with:
- STSC - Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, University of California, Berkeley.
- MHS - Medical Humanities Sheffield, University of Sheffield
- Biotechnologies, Nature and Society Research Group, Goethe University, Frankfurt
MeST contributes to national network initiatives:
- DASTS – Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies
- Research Network for the Anthropology of Technology
Being the largest assemblage of scholars in the field of medical science and technology studies in this part of the world, the Centre aims to play an active role in the international STS research community and thereby attract scholars of international standing in the field for short or long-term research stays at the Centre.
Special efforts are made to coordinate visits by prominent scholars to fit the teaching aims of the Faculty, especially on the postgraduate level.
bioethicsCPH: research and teaching in bioethics at the University of Copenahgen (2019-2023)
We are a diverse group of philosophers doing research and teaching in and around bioethics, medical ethics, and ethics and philosophy of technology at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen.
Body Time: Metabolism, Multicyclic Being and Temporal Environments (2019-2022)
We are all timepieces. Circadian rhythms connect our bodies with the world around us – the clocks in our cells regulating patterns of eating, sleeping and exercising. The Body Time project is interested in these rhythms, temporality and health in the lab, in history and in public.
Microbes on the Mind
In the last decade, a new scientific research field has grown up around a startling insight: the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut seem to affect how the brain develops and functions. Whilst this scientific research is still at an early stage, results are already escaping the laboratory and catching the attention of journalists, doctors, and patients alike. This project therefore asks: what does microbiome research mean for our understanding of mental illness and its treatment? How is meaning created within and across the domains of science, media culture, and personal experience? The methods include open, experimental workshops in the Mind the Gut exhibition at Medical Museion, designed through collaboration with creative writers.
This project explores drivers for and implications of data-intensification of healthcare.
Obesity in Danish and Swedish media – text and images (2016-xx)
The Ageing Professor (2016-2021)
I am studying the ageing professional/academic. Using autoethnographical methodology, I focus on the possibilities of autobiography as a means for self-understanding, especially memoir writing as an extended curriculum vitae, as a ‘soici de soi’ (Hadot), and as a revival of the late medieval art of ars moriendi.
Personalized Medicine in the Danish Welfare State (MeInWe) explores how strategies of tailoring diagnosis, treatment and prevention to individual genetic variability challenge existing ethical, organizational and regulatory frameworks in medicine. The project asks two central questions: How is “the personal” understood and established when genomic data are applied and exchanged in Danish health care? Which collectivities—e.g. species, ethnicity, nation, health care services, and ultimately the welfare state— are implied in constituting “the personal”? With these questions MeInWe critically assesses how strategies of personalized medicine draw boundaries around the person (the me), and how collectivities (the we) are shaped and negotiated in creating knowledge about the individual.
Technologies of participation in healthcare: How is patient generated data reconfiguring care? (2016-2021)
Looking at technologies for self-monitoring and for collecting patient reported outcomes, we explore the social and organizational implication of technologies aiming at involving patients through the collection of data on their bodies, behavior and experiences.
eHealth with minors living with a chronic condition (2017-2020)
Sequelae and Survivorship: Being in Life after Cancer? (2016 – 2018)
At present we lack knowledge of how long-term cancer survivors perceive the life of being a survivor. This knowledge can be generated through a study that has a philosophical framework for understanding survivorship in the midst of the fundamental upheaval of self-perception. Adopting an ontological horizon of how the survivors interpret their existence allows for a comprehensive gaze that can assist with identifying what it means to be in life as a survivor. This knowledge can expand services in rehabilitation and survivor care that target the identity and values related challenges that cancer caused and which continues to ruminate in the minds of people in long-term survivorship.
Negotiating needs, negotiating old age – a practice study of transitions in eldercare as played out in the introduction of enabling care (2014-2018)
Malene Nørskov Bødker
Knowledge negotiation and AI in medical imaging
Jan Kyrre Friis, Mikael Boesen, Augusto Bravo
Kommunikation og kræftdiagnoser: Et kvalitativt studie på en diagnostisk enhed
Jan Kyrre Friis, Srikant Sarangi, Christian von Plessen
- Body and Person: Governing Exchange in 21st Century Biomedicine
- LifeWorth: What is a life worth living?
29 November 2021, 15:00, Book launch: Near Human. Border Zones of Species, Life, and Belonging, by Mette Nordahl Svendsen
1 December 2021, 10.00-11.30 am, MeST Seminar with Astrid Fly Oredsson, Århus: Psychiatric Taxonomy and Epistemic Injustice: The case of borderline personality disorder, inappropriate anger and moral agency.
15 December 2021, 10.00-11.30 am, MeST Seminar with Geoffrey Dierckxsens, Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague): Prostheses as Narrative Technologies: Bioethical Considerations for Prosthetic Applications in Health Care.
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|Bidoli, Andrea||PhD Fellow||+4535326492|
|Bravo, Augusto Eckert-Boulet||Part-time Lecturer|
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|Formosinho, Joana||PhD Fellow||+4550153190|
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|Grytter, Simone Cecilie||Research Assistant||+4535326084|
|Guldmann, Finn||Part-time Lecturer|
|Haase, Christoffer Bjerre||PhD Fellow||+4535327199|
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|Knox, Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard||Associate Professor||+4535337334|
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|Lee, Ji Yong||Postdoc||+4535334245|
|Nordfalk, Francisca||PhD Student|
|Pinel, Clémence Pauline Cécile||Postdoc|
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|Skovgaard, Lea Larsen||PhD Fellow|
|Strizzi, Jenna Marie||Assistant Professor||+4535324927|
|Svendsen, Mette Nordahl||Professor||+4535327624|
|Sørensen, Peter Laurs||Part-time Lecturer|
|Tellerup, Maria Olejaz||Part-time Lecturer|
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|Wiszmeg, Andréa Wictoria||Postdoc||+45+467392284|