McLean Institute of Technology in Psychiatry awarded Bioethics supplement to study ELSI of deep phenotyping

This week, McLean’s ITP team led by Justin Baker, Benjy Silverman, and Francis Shen, were awarded an administrative supplement to study the ethical, legal, and social implications of deep phenotyping research in individuals with mental illness, particularly related to an ongoing U01 grant.  The project will focus on Return of Results (RoR) in deep phenotyping studies, which collect a number of longitudinal signals that may represent a form of emerging health information.  Over the project period, the team will engage and convene experts from legal, ethical, and research backgrounds to reach consensus around best practices for this new area of mental health related data governance, as it involves engaging participants who may wish to use their own data for purposes other than those intended by the research study.

The supplemental project was sponsored by the NIMH in response to PA-19-217.

Researchers Discuss Technology and Social Justice at Harvard Law School

Reposted from Harvard Crimson
By Sixiao Yu and Nathan W. Zhao, Contributing Writers

Two researchers discussed the potential for innovations in the use of artificial intelligence and digital phenotyping to advance social justice causes at a Harvard Law School panel Wednesday.

The panel, titled “Computational Justice,” was the latest installment of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, an event series by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

The goal of the panel was to help legal professionals “improve their paved route to justice” by using neuroscience technology to tailor approaches to individual cases, according to moderator Francis X. Shen, the executive director of the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior.

Computer scientist Rediet Abebe spoke Wednesday afternoon about the promising role of artificial intelligence in the near future and its ability to create justice. By Melissa W. Kwan

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