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 of Bioethics (MBE) from Harvard University, a PhD in Health Communication from USI, and a Master in Cultural Anthropology from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). 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, the ethics of CPR/DNR orders, the impact of public health policy on vulnerable populations, and biographical approaches to clinical practice.
PD Dr. Fadda is also a Faculty member of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), a member of the International Association of Bioethics, the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, and the Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics, and a member of the editorial board of Bioethica Forum. 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).