TUM Innovation Network for Neurotechnology in Mental Health (NEUROTECH)

As part of the TUM Innovation Network for Neurotechnology in Mental Health (NEUROTECH), we follow an innovative embedded ethics and social science approach that we recently developed in a collaborative effort and have started to implement at TUM. This approach is based on the interdisciplinary integration of ethics and social science researchers into the basic science, clinical and technology development aspects of the research processes of neurotechnology. Based on this integration, we accompany and analyze the research and development processes of the NEUROTECH network, for example when building novel AI-driven therapeutic interventions. We then feed back our analysis of potential ethical and social issues – ranging, e.g., from algorithmic bias to data protection aspects to impacts on patient autonomy and the future doctor-patient-relationship – into development processes in real-time in order to identify, reflect on and address any ethical and social issues as they arise.

To complement this analysis, we work in participatory ways with relevant stakeholders in society that are affected by the technology and its implementation, such as patients and patient organizations, doctors and nursing staff. We engage with these stakeholders, explore their perspectives and expertises and make this knowledge available to the NEUROTECH network so that it can be considered in research processes and the development of technologies as well as their clinical implementation


Prof. Dr. Simon Jacob (Translational Neurotechnology) – Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx (Ethics in Medicine and Health Technologies)

Prof. Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva (Computational Neurosciences)

Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller (Science & Technology Policy)

Prof. Dr. Markus Ploner (Human Pain Research)

Prof. Dr. Josef Priller (Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy)

Prof. Dr. Daniel Rückert (Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wolfrum (Neuroelectronics)

Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 289 29214
Mail: ruth.mueller@tum.de
School of Social Sciences and Technology Department of Science, Technology and Society (STS)Arcisstr. 21, 80333 Munich

Prof. Dr. Simon Jacob (Coordinator); Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller (PI “Embedded ethics and social science for responsible neurotechnology”); Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx (Co-PI “Embedded ethics and social science for responsible neurotechnology”)


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