Professor - Maastricht University & Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences
Genetics goes online: New genetics and new mediaThe three applicants worked closely together for two years on a project jointly funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Anna Harris spent one year in Maastricht with Sally Wyatt, and then one year in Exeter with Susan Kelly. The project was very productive, resulting in four published journal articles, one article under review, one book review essay, and numerous conference presentations and lectures. Together we also organised a very successful international two-day workshop about genetic testing, held in Maastricht. We have always worked very well together, and are confident that a one-month intensive period of work at the Brocher Foundation will give us the final push we need to turn our existing empirical material and publications into a coherent and compelling monograph about DTC GT. The ‘timeline’ section outlines how we will turn our existing material into a final book manuscript. Not only would a Residency at the Brocher Foundation be conducive to meeting these aims, as a wonderful setting for productive collaboration, but also one month in Switzerland would allow us to discuss our work with local researchers in this field. As well as fellow researchers at the Brocher Foundation, other individuals and groups we could meet include David Shaw and others looking at the intersections of health and social media at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, at the University of Basel; Martin Lengwiler who focuses on participatory practices in science at the same university; as well as science studies colleagues at ETH Zurich and the University of Lausanne. It would also be valuable to connect with the WHO Genomics Resource Centre in Geneva, and their work on the ethics of genetic testing.