Uncertainty in clinical genetics

Lecture by Professor Stefan Timmermans, UCLA.

March 2nd, 2018. From 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm followed by a wine reception at VIVE, The Danish Centre of Applied Social Science, Herluf Trolles Gade 11, København K.


Heralding hope about earlier and more precise identification of disease, genomic tests, such as exome sequencing, have recently become an option for diagnosing patients. However, these new technological possibilities also pose new challenges for dealing with uncertainty, as many of the genetic variations that the tests help identify are of uncertain clinical relevance. Drawing on an extensive ethnographic work, Stefan Timmermans and colleagues have studied how genomic test results become actionable in the clinical encounter, unfolding particularly the uncertainty produced by such tests, and how professionals seek to deal with it in the encounter with patients and their families.

The seminar is relevant for everyone interested in the use of evidence in practice, the role of uncertainty in professional work and professionals’ attempts to deal with it, science and technology studies, medical sociology, ethnography and genomic testing.


The seminar and reception are organized by the research project INFORMED (/Amalie Martinus Hauge and Sarah Wadmann) and the sociological network at VIVE. Attendance is free of charge. Please register here.