Montag, 18. Mrz 2013, 18:30 - 19:30 iCal


Katharina T. Paul_Immunization politicized: The governance of cervical cancer prevention in Austria, England, and the Netherlands

Konferenzraum (A222), Neues Institutsgebäude, 2nd floor
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna


ABSTRACT: In the late 1990s, medical research made for global headlines when it concluded that infection with specific strains of the sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) was a necessary agent for the development of cervical cancer, the second most common form of cancer in young women worldwide. These findings initiated a major shift in cervical cancer research and treatment: In 2006 and 2007 respectively, two vaccines were approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency. These vaccines are intended to immunize women against several strains of HPV, including those that cause cervical cancer, and have fundamentally reshaped the governance of cervical cancer prevention across countries. Specifically, the scenario of immunizing children and young adults against a sexually transmitted, carcinogenic and potentially lethal virus has become a highly controversial topic. This comparative study seeks to identify the factors that contribute to the understanding of this emerging preventive tool either as a promising ‘innovation’ or as a socially undesirable technology. The presentation introduces the two-year research project and proposes three central logics of politicization based on exploratory findings.


BIOGRAPHY: Katharina T. Paul holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and was previously assistant professor in comparative policy analysis at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Institute of Health Policy & Management, iBMG). She joined the LSG platform in March 2013 with a Lise Meitner fellowship awarded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).


Forschungsplattform Life Science Governance


Melanie Werner
Forschungsplattform Life Science Governance
DW 22701