Mirko Ancillotti

Mirko Ancillotti
Uppsala University | UU · Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics

PhD in Medical Science
Postdoc

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Introduction
Mirko Ancillotti currently works at the Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University.
Additional affiliations
May 2021 - present
Uppsala University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
February 2016 - April 2021
Uppsala University
Position
  • PhD Student
September 2013 - January 2016
Uppsala University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
September 2001 - September 2012
Università di Pisa
Field of study
  • Philosophy

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Publications (18)
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Background Antibiotic resistance is a complex phenomenon heavily influenced by social, cultural, behavioural, and economic factors that lead to the misuse, overuse and abuse of antibiotics. Recent research has highlighted the role that norms and values can play for behaviours that contribute to resistance development, and for addressing such behavi...
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Objectives: Decisions about health often involve risk, and different decision makers interpret and value risk information differently. Furthermore, an individual's attitude toward health-specific risks can contribute to variation in health preferences and behavior. This study aimed to determine whether and how health-risk attitude and heterogeneit...
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Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms survive exposure and proliferate in the presence of therapeutic levels of antimicrobial drugs. Because antimicrobial resistance is increasing, it is vital to encourage consumers to change and adopt smarter antibiotic behaviour. Despite World Health Organization's efforts to combat antibiotic resis...
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Antibiotic resistance (AR) is a major threat to public health and healthcare worldwide. In this article, we analyse and discuss the claim that taking actions to minimize AR is everyone's responsibility, focusing on individual moral responsibility. This should not be merely interpreted as a function of knowledge of AR and the proper use of antibioti...
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Due to the alarming rise of antibiotic resistance, medically unwarranted use of antibiotics has assumed new moral significance. In this paper, a thematic content analysis of focus group discussions was conducted to explore lay people’s views on the moral challenges posed by antibiotic resistance. The most important finding is that lay people are mo...
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Objectives: To identify preferences of the Swedish public regarding antibiotic treatment characteristics and the relative weight of antibiotic resistance in their treatment choices. Methods: A questionnaire including a discrete choice experiment questionnaire was answered by 378 Swedish participants. Preferences of the general public regarding five...
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Background High consumption of antibiotics has been identified as an important driver for the increasing antibiotic resistance, considered to be one of the greatest threats to public health globally. Simply informing the public about this consequence is insufficient to induce behavioral change. This study explored beliefs and perceptions among Swed...
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To identify the factors promoting and thwarting judicious antibiotic use in the Swedish population and their implications for communication strategies.
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The discourse on the fundamental issues raised by synthetic biology, such as biosafety and biosecurity, intellectual property, environmental consequences and ethical and societal implications, is still open and controversial. This, coupled with the potential and risks the field holds, makes it one of the hottest topics in technology assessment toda...
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Background: Over the past 25 years, there has been growing recognition of the importance of studying the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of genetic and genomic research. A large investment into ELSI research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Genomic Project budget in 1990 stimulated the growth of this emerging field;...
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Synthetic biology is a rapidly evolving field which potentially can change how we live in and understand the world. Given its potential impact it is important to inform and involve the public so that it gains a proper understanding of synthetic biology and is in a position to assess its future applications and implications. This study investigates...
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Synthetic biology will probably have a high impact on a variety of fields, such as healthcare, environment, biofuels, agriculture, and so on. A driving theme in European research policy is the importance of maintaining public legitimacy and support. Media can influence public attitudes and are therefore an important object of study. Through qualita...
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My research focus is on synthetic biology outreach and on the way it is popularized by scientists. In this poster I present the results of an empirical analysis of scientists’ communication of achievements and state of the art in the public press.
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There is a sense in distinguishing persons from other beings. Persons are forms of life towards whom an agent should feel morally responsible to the highest degree. The aim of this paper is to try and respond to the question: what line of conduct should we adopt with regard to those beings that are not persons but that we have well-founded reasons...
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Secondo la nozione sviluppata da John Harris è da considerare persona l’individuo che dimostri la capacità di concepire se stesso in differenti tempi e luoghi e che sia capace di desiderare di fare esperienza di una vita a cui assegna un valore. Tale concezione viene analizzata ricostruendone la genesi, chiarendo quali criteri sottendono le scelte...

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The starting point for this project is the understanding public attitudes and preferences are key to find acceptance and compliance with public health programs. The project aims to contribute indications for how Swedish society could take on one of its most ardent tasks: to ensure an efficient and fair battle against infections and to maintain modern medical procedures. The specific aims of this project are: To investigate how the public balance benefits and risks with regard to antibiotics use, focussing on the trade-off between personal versus collective gain, and present versus future gain. To develop an ethical normative framework for how to employ conventional and alternative (i.e. peptide-based) antibiotics in Sweden.
Archived project
This project focuses on synthetic biology outreach and the way it is popularized by scientists. The aim is to suggest conceptual tools for a sober and grounded understanding of synthetic biology.
Archived project
The aim of this summer school was to critically analyze different approaches to the evaluation of new techno-scientific areas, as exemplified by synthetic biology, with a particular emphasis on conceptual foundations.