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Effy Vayena: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

Name Prof. Dr. Effy Vayena
Dep. Gesundheitswiss. und Technol.
ETH Zürich, HOA H 12
Hottingerstrasse 10
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 83 01
DepartmentHealth Sciences and Technology
RelationshipFull Professor

377-0405-00LFundamentals of Research and Ethics Restricted registration - show details
Only for Human Medicine BSc.
5 credits5VH. C. Bucher, E. Vayena, C. Wolfrum, A. Blasimme, C. Brall, F. Gille, M. Ienca, further lecturers
AbstractOn the one hand, this module teaches basic knowledge for a critical study of literature with a close relation to clinical decision making as well as the fundamentals of clinical research methodology. On the other hand, methods of personalized medicine and related ethical problems in medical and biomedical research are discussed.
ObjectiveThis module is intended to enable students to critically appreciate scientific literature and to plan clinical trials themselves, and to recognize and analyze ethical controversial situations in everyday medical practice.
ContentThe sub-module 'Clinical Research' contains the following aspects:
- Basic principles of evidence assessment (validity, clinical relevance and external validity of evidence) on the basis of clinical case vignettes (diagnostics, therapy, screening).
- Development and presentation of a clinical trial protocol.
The ‘Ethics in Medicine and Health Care’ sub-module contains the following ethical issues:
- Doctor-patient relationship
- End-of-life decisions
- Reproductive choices
- Techniques such as genetic testing, genome sequencing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence
The submodule 'Personalized Medicine' contains the following aspects:
- Introduction to precision medicine
- Mendelian inheritance and monogenic diseases
- GWAS and precision medicine
- Biomarkers in precision medicine
851-0740-00LBig Data, Law, and Policy Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 35

Students will be informed by 3.3.2019 at the latest.
3 credits2SS. Bechtold, T. Roscoe, E. Vayena
AbstractThis course introduces students to societal perspectives on the big data revolution. Discussing important contributions from machine learning and data science, the course explores their legal, economic, ethical, and political implications in the past, present, and future.
ObjectiveThis course is intended both for students of machine learning and data science who want to reflect on the societal implications of their field, and for students from other disciplines who want to explore the societal impact of data sciences. The course will first discuss some of the methodological foundations of machine learning, followed by a discussion of research papers and real-world applications where big data and societal values may clash. Potential topics include the implications of big data for privacy, liability, insurance, health systems, voting, and democratic institutions, as well as the use of predictive algorithms for price discrimination and the criminal justice system. Guest speakers, weekly readings and reaction papers ensure a lively debate among participants from various backgrounds.
860-0018-00LBig Data, Law, and Policy (with Case Study) Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.

Students will be informed by 3.3.2019 at the latest
6 credits2S + 2AS. Bechtold, T. Roscoe, E. Vayena
AbstractThis course examines and critiques the design of the Internet, with a focus on the connection between the engineering features and principles of the network and the legal, economic, and political concerns which have followed its evolution.
ObjectiveThis course examines and critiques the design of the Internet (broadly defined), with a focus on the connection between the engineering features and principles of the network (packet switching, global addressing, the end-to-end argument, etc.) and the legal, economic, and political concerns which have followed its evolution (security properties, censorship and censorship resistance, "net neutrality", etc.). No prior knowledge of networking technologies is required; conversely the course will focus only on those features of the Internet design which have strong political and legal implications (and vice versa). The course consists of two parts: lectures and seminars in one part provide an introduction and discussion of the technical, legal, and political aspects of the Internet design. The other part consists of a specific case study of some aspect of the Internet by individual students.