Tecnoscienza – Call for papers: From bench to bed and back: laboratories and biomedical research

Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies

Special issue

From bench to bed and back: laboratories and biomedical research

Guest Editors

Federico Neresini, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education & Applied Psychology (FISSPA), University of Padua (federico.neresini@unipd.it)

Assunta Viteritti, Department of Social Sciences and Economy, “Sapienza” University of Rome (assunta.viteritti@uniroma1.it).

Call for papers

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In recent years, the biomedical field has been one of the most dynamic and innovative sectors in scientific research. Developments in molecular biology, genetics and nanotechnologies applied to this field have opened up innovative research perspectives, generating different fields of experimentation and application, posing original ethical and moral issues.

All this has made possible new diagnostic and visualization technologies, coupled with innovative therapies. The prospect of personalized medicine has favored translational research, making it a driving force, creating unprecedented alliances between scientists, doctors, pharmaceutical industries and patients. Fascinating and complex transformations take place in laboratories, a crucial setting for activities and practices in the multi-faceted territory of biomedical research. Laboratories have become the nodes of articulated networks, making it no longer possible to consider them as single entities. In light of these changes, a wide range of actors – researchers, scientific instruments, data-bases, experts in bio-informatics and bio-statistics, pharmaceutical companies, clinicians, drugs, patients, cells, ethical and regulatory issues – have become involved.

This special issue calls for original theoretical and empirical contributions highlighting the following themes:

– relationships between basic and biomedical research;

– biomedical controversies;

– development of scientific tools, infrastructures and big-data research;

– visualization technologies and their implications in and out of the laboratory;

– new links between pharmacological trials, scientists, doctors and patients and their social implications;

– plurality of ethics and biomedicine.

We expect to receive contributions on the topics above and other possible interrelated dimensions.

Deadline for abstract submissions: August 25th, 2013. Abstracts (in English) with a maximum length of 1000 words should be sent as email attachments to redazione@tecnoscienza.net and carbon copied to the guest editors. Notification of acceptance will be communicated by September 5th 2013.

Deadline for full submissions: November 20th, 2013. Submissions (in English with a maximum length of 8000 words, including notes and references) can be made via the Journal’s submission system at http://www.tecnoscienza.net and an electronic copy of the article should be sent to redazione@tecnoscienza.net. The papers will be subject to a blind peer review process. We expect to publish the special issue in June 2014.

For further information about the special issue, contact the guest editors at federico.neresini@unipd.it or assunta.viteritti@uniroma1.it.

For further information about the Journal please visit the Journal’s web site at http://www.tecnoscienza.net.

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