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Marta Fadda


PD Dr. Marta Fadda is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer for the course in Biomedical Ethics of the Master in Medicine in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana. She was previously a clinical study coordinator at the Oncology Institute of Italian Switzerland (IOSI) and a postdoctoral researcher at the Health Ethics and Policy Lab at ETH Zurich.

PD Dr. Fadda has a Master's degree from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies in Cultural Anthropology and a PhD in Health Communication from USI. Her research interests lie at the intersection between clinical/public health/biomedical research ethics, communication, and new technologies. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, she has conducted research on:

  • vaccine hesitancy
  • genetic/genomic privacy
  • participant-led research
  • return of individual-specific research results
  • visual aids for informed consent procedures
  • fever phobia
  • the ethical issues faced by clinicians when managing patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC)
  • the ethics of CPR/DNR orders
  • the impact of public health policy on vulnerable populations
  • autobiographical approaches in clinical practice

PD Dr. Fadda is also a Fellow of the Swiss School of Public Health (SPPH+), a member of the editorial board of Bioethica Forum, and a Master of Bioethics (MBE) candidate at Harvard Medical School. She is a permanent member of the Ethics Committee of the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (COMEC) and a member of the Ethics Committee for Disability of the Canton of Ticino (COMED).

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