Health Literacy 

Crossing Lines between Health & Illness. Ethical, Psycho-Social, Legal and Economic Issues in Systems Medicine

Duration: 09/2014-08/2017

Project Board


Prof. Dr. theol. Peter Dabrock (University Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Project Team


Prof. Dr. Rita K. Schmutzler
Prof. Dr. Stefan Huster
(Ruhr University Bochum)
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wasem
(University of Duisburg-Essen)

Project Objectives

While systems medicine may promise immense advances for the prevention and treatment of complex diseases, these innovations also pose a number of ethical, psychosocial, legal and economic challenges. The possible consequences that may arise from systemic medicine for clinical everyday life and for the structures of health care are still unclear.

The aim of the project is to define ethical, psychosocial, legal and economic benchmarks and, on this basis, to develop a matrix that can serve as a basis for the governance and political control of systems medicine. Since systems medicine is particularly relevant in the area of tumor diseases, the hereditary mammary carcinoma is taken as paradigmatic example for research, since the most comprehensive genomic data is available compared to other types of tumor.