EpiDaPo Laboratory

Welcome to:
EpiDaPo Laboratory
A cooperation between UCLA and CNRS

                                                                                                                           © CNRS Photothèque - Philippe PLAILLY & Jérôme CHATIN

The contemporary development of next generation sequencing (NGS) of the genome, along with the possibility to manage massive amounts of data on patients, is profoundly transforming public health. It poses new problems related to patients’ privacy, medical data access and sharing, and finally healthcare government.

Epidapo (Epigenetics, Data, Politics) proposes to investigate the mechanisms by which data sets are added to data sets, as if there were no limit to this additivity of information on patients, when it used to be so difficult, often impossible, to standardize or integrate different data coming from different systems or organizations. We want to understand how a setting very close to “big data”, usually associated with the internet and consumer knowledge, is formatted and transforms biomedicine. One of our main foci is the development of the new field of epigenetics, that inherently mixes genomic data with environmental surveys and many other data resources. We finally explore the political consequences of this new kinds of data on the healthcare system and its modes of government.

Epidapo (Epigenetics, Data, Politics), a joint unit of the the French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and UCLA, located within the latter, and housing social and life scientists, proposes to study the UDN from a sociological point of view. Our approach will synergize questions coming from Sociology and Science and Technology Study, with innovative research methods, and a group of world class experts.


Recent controversies about the medical management of intersex individuals challenge the common idea that intersex should be considered first from the biomedical point of view, and second with an eye on ethical and socio-political issues. What does ‘caring’ mean when dealing with intersex as an issue that is at the same time biomedical, ethical, and political? What kind of transformation does the acknowledgment of intersex individuals entail for our society and democracy? This symposium brings together biologists, philosophers, and social scientists in order to rethink both the sexed and gendered structure of our societies as well as the status given to intersex individuals.

Ellen Feder – American University
Eric Vilain – University of California, Los Angeles
Georgiann Davis, University of Las Vegas
Vernon Rosario – University of California, Los Angeles

Moderated by Anne Le Goff and Vanessa Nurock – EPIDAPO

Presented by EPIDAPO, CNRS and University of California, Los Angeles , with the support of the CNRS grant “GDRI Forms of Life.”  Co-sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States.