Fresh Ideas for Cancer Care

In the summer of 2019 the Center for Medicine-Ethics-Law Helvetiae and the PhD program Biomedical Ethics and Law / Law Track of the University of Zurich ran the project “Fresh Ideas for Cancer Care” in cooperation with All.Can Switzerland, a global policy initiative aiming to improve efficiency in cancer care.

Different actors in the field of cancer care experience a variety of issues. With the common goal to improve efficiency, stakeholders and interested PhD students joined forces to develop solutions to relevant problems. Each stakeholder participating in this project highlighted issues that had arisen in practice and presented a specific set of questions.

The project “Fresh Ideas for Cancer Care” offered PhD students from different disciplines and backgrounds (e.g. medicine, science, law and economics) the opportunity to work on one of the presented practical cases and to connect with leading stakeholders in the field. The project’s aim was to develop new approaches in cancer research, in the development of medicine and therapies as well as financing, to identify and remedy inefficiencies and to search for alternative solutions.

Flyer (PDF, 149 KB)

Participating stakeholders

Dr. sc. nat. ETH Daniel Vonder Mühll and group, ETH Zurich, Personalized Health and Related Technologies
Dr. Heiner Sandmeier, Deputy Secretary General at Interpharma

Prof. em. Dr. med. Urs Martin Lütolf, Cantonal Ethics Committee Zurich

Dr. Martin Inderbitzin, Patient representative, Founder of MySurvivalStory.org

Stakeholder Research Questions

Topic 1: Medical Data Ownership and Data Protection
               supervised by Dr. sc. nat. ETH Daniel Vonder Mühll and group

Topic 2: Reimbursement of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP)                            in Switzerland based on the example of CAR-T cell therapies
               supervised by Dr. Heiner Sandmeier

Topic 3: Therapeutic Trials and Research

               supervised by Prof. em. Dr. med. Urs Martin Lütolf

Topic 4: Innovative Cancer Support Programs for Teenagers and Young Adults
               supervised by Dr. Martin Inderbitzin

The project started with a kick-off event on March 12, 2019 at the University of Zurich, where the stakeholders presented their problems to the PhD students.

After the kick-off event, the PhD students, grouped into small teams, worked on the solution approaches, and had the opportunity to communicate further with the stakeholders.

In an afternoon workshop on September 11, 2019, the PhD students presented the current status of their project to each other and the stakeholders.

On November 28, 2019, the groups of the project "Fresh Ideas for Cancer Care" presented their projects to various stakeholders and interested people.

Below you find the posters and presentations of the group projects and some impressions of the event.

Poster group 1: Medical Data Ownership and Data Protection

Poster group 2: Reimbursement of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP) in Switzerland based on the example of CAR-T cell therapies

Poster group 3: Therapeutic Trials and Research

Poster group 4: Innovative Cancer Support Programs for Teenagers and Young Adults

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group 1
group 2
group 3
group 4