Master in Food Ethics and Law

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics

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  • UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
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Publication of the infographic based on the document "Guidelines for reviewing health research and innovation projects that use emergent technologies and personal data"

The infographic based on the document "Guidelines for reviewing health research and innovation projects that use emergent technologies and personal data", published by the Bioethics and Law Observatory - UNESCO Chair in Bioethics of the University of Barcelona and coordinated by Dr. Itziar de Lecuona, was presented within the framework of the seminar "Artificial intelligence and data protection in health research and innovation: ethical, legal and social aspects", on September 21, 2022.

Dr. Itziar de Lecuona, associate professor of the Department of Medicine, director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory and co-director of the Master in Bioethics and Law at the University of Barcelona, ​​showed the infographic, which synthesizes and highlights the essential points developed in the document, during her lecture "Research ethics committees and data protection in the evaluation of emerging technologies in health research and innovation".

In this way, the infographic exposes, in a visual and concise way, what Research Ethics Committees (RECs) are, their functions, and the dilemmas that health research and innovation projects raise, especially in a scenario where emerging technologies and the exploitation of personal data play a leading role.

The infographic presents the challenges that Research Ethics Committees (RECs) must face (avoid the Europe's excessive dependence on the American tech companies, update the obsolete protocols for obtaining informed consent, etc.); and lists a series of recommendations so that RECs can perform their functions correctly and efficiently, with the support of both research and innovation centres and legislators, to guarantee the protection of the rights of individuals in projects that use emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data, biometrics, and/or virtual reality.