Overview of the Brocher Foundation
This non-profit foundation was created under Swiss private law by Mr and Mrs Jacques and Lucette Brocher. Its purpose, since the demise of its founders, is to host scientists and experts in the ethical, legal and social implications of the development of medical research and biotechnologies in the Hermance domain.
The Foundation encourages multidisciplinary research around this new field of research strongly linked to society by involving law, anthropology, history, bioethics and philosophy … Its Board relies on a Scientific Committee composed of international experts.
Since its launching in 2006, the Brocher Foundation has backed the publication of hundreds of books and articles which are the fruits of the scientific stays and symposia.
Within a few years, the Brocher Foundation has become a meeting and reflexion venue acknowledged by the experts of the most reputed universities.
The Brocher Domain is made of eight buildings spread over about three acres of ground. The Foundation has a statutory obligation to maintain the property: the main house called Villa that was restored in 2010, the Brocher Centre commissioned in 2006, the lodge, the Chaumière (formerly the garage), the Orangerie, the Pavillon des bois (formerly the woodshed), the boathouse and finally the Gloriette.
Since 21 December 2006, the whole Domain is registered in the inventory of the Monuments and Sites department of the Canton Geneva.
In short, since 2006, the Brocher Foundation is:
- 50 researchers – experts invited to stay per year,
- Over 800 experts welcomed by the Foundation each year during its scientific events,
- Over 30 universities worldwide and international organisations as partners,
- Several hundreds of published books and articles,
In short, the ELSI are:
They are the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications* of the medical and biotechnologies progress. “Social" in the broadest sense: economic, anthropological, psychological, philosophical, historical, sociological, political...
Issues at the heart of personal and societal challenges:
Should we tell children born through assisted reproductive technologies, their biological origins? Should we expand or limit the preimplantation genetic diagnosis? What are the ethical issues related to research on stem cells? Why is the status of the embryo not the same in all countries? What are the benefits and dangers of the methods of increasing the potential of the human being, for sports (doping), for people with Alzheimer's disease (memory), for the military (force, resistance to sleep), people in good health (increased physical or mental potential)? How arbitrate these different issues? Why digital medicine can help to improve access to health in underprivileged countries? How to protect our genetic data? Which impact has a predictive diagnosis (provides a high probability of developing a disease)? How to reconcile different cultural sensibilities with global health policy? How does globalization concern health policy? What are the dangers of medical tourism? How to curb the pandemic without causing panic?