Getting down to the business of teaching ethics. An inter-disciplinary case study

  • Cormac McGrathEmail author
  • Rachel M. Fisher
  • Annika Hanberg
  • Lars-Arne Haldosen
  • Niklas Juth
  • Madelen Lek


Modern day research within the life science sector places increasing demands on multidisciplinary approaches. Such approaches are central to the quest for understanding the occurrence and progression of disease and for the development of new treatments and therapies, processes that require a range of professions with complementary skills, all with cutting edge knowledge within the wider biomedical field. Additionally, the essential skills of today’s constellations of professionals in the biomedical field include data handling, informatics, and computational expertise, as well as traditional labour intensive hands-on practical laboratory skills. Furthermore, knowledge and skills required to identify, analyse and deal with challenging ethical issues within the broad and complex field of biomedicine are essential. In their future occupations, students trained in specific aspects of the life science sector are likely to be required to work in teams with other professionals;...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LIMEKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of EducationStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of Medicine SolnaKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Institute of Environmental MedicineKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  5. 5.Department of Biosciences and NutritionKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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