Ethical and legal challenges in use of artificial intelligence in biomedicine

The Dataethics Summer School 2021, an online training that will take place from July 12 to 16.

The Dataethics Summer School 2021, an online training that will take place from July 12 to 16.

The ethical implications in the use of artificial intelligence in biomedicine are the main topic of the Dataethics Summer School 2021, an online training that will take place from July 12 to 16 framed within the Changing Landscapes in the Health and Life Sciences: Ethical Challenges of Big Data project (DATAETHICS). This is an innovative project launched in 2020 by the European university network Eurolife, in which UB experts take part.

Artificial intelligence methods are creating resources with great potential to be applied in several health areas (diagnostics, treatments election, supervision of the patients’ evolution, etc.), and to transform the scene of medicine practices. This summer school will tackle ethical challenges and new legal scenarios presented by the application of the new artificial intelligence technologies in the field of health and medical care.

The summer course, inaugurated on July 12 by the vice-rector for Research, Jordi García, will count on the participation of international lecturers. It is organized by the experts Karim Lekadir, from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Josep Lluís Gelpí, from the Faculty of Biology, and it has the support from Xavier Gasull, from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, representing the Eurolife Education Alliance and the Technical Office of the Vice-Rector’s Office of Research.

DATAETHICS: new ethical frontiers of artificial intelligence in health

DATAETHICS is an innovative project aiming to promote knowledge and debate on ethical and conceptual implications that derive from the use of big data in biomedicine. Coordinated by the University Medical Center of Göttingen (Germany), it is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union and it opens a new chapter in the framework of the Eurolife network to improve the international cooperation, offer innovative practices and promote the strategic cooperation in life sciences.

The Eurolife consortium was created in 1999 and formed by nine European institutions with a distinguished commitment to research and higher education in the field of life and health sciences. Apart from the UB, other participants are: the Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC, the Netherlands), Karolinska Institute (Sweden), the Göttingen University Medical Centre (Germany), University of Strasbourg (France), the Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria) and Semmelweis University Budapest (Hungary).

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