Explore life – shape the future

The «healthcare market» is a broad field – new products and procedures are constantly being developed, and new techniques continually lead to new discoveries.

The key area «biotechnology and medicine» also covers related topics such as healthcare, nutrition, agriculture or environmental protection. All of these topics are dynamically interrelated with society, the economy and politics, and affect our everyday lives.

Knowledge in the system of social values

The new knowledge that researchers are continuously creating leads to new possibilities – and often to new ethical challenges as well. Where the boundaries for research are set depends on the system of social values and on personal attitudes. A binding legal standard can often only be established by political means. Thus, when the referendum was held in November 2014, 64.4 percent of those entitled to vote in Switzerland expressed their clear support for research on embryonic stem cells.

Help in forming opinions

In its projects, TA-SWISS takes up controversial topics and facilitates opinion forming by means of as balanced a presentation as possible on selected medical and biotechnological topics.

Ongoing projects

Quantified self - halfway between lifestyle and medicine

Cheap sensors in portable devices and an ever increasing number of smartphone applications covering health issues make it possible: the continuous monitoring of the body.

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Completed projects

Prenatal Genetic Diagnostics (2016)

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Personalised Medicine (2014)

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Synthetic Biology (2014)

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Robotics and autonomous devices in social and health care (2012)

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Usefulness and costs of medical treatments (2012)

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Human Enhancement (2011)

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Anti-Ageing Medicine - Myths and Chances (2008)

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Impact Assessment of Neuroimaging (2006)

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Pharmacogenomics (2004)

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Young people discuss research on human beings (2004)

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Research on Human Beings (2004)

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Human stem cells (2003)

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In-vitro fertilisation (2003)

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Nanotechnology in medicine (2003)

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Research on embryonic stem cells (2002)

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Cellular xenotransplants (2001)

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Psychological and social aspects of echography in early pregnancy (2001)

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Transplantation medicine (2000)

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Functional food (2000)

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Genetic Technology and Nutrition (1999)

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