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The ethics of neurological innovation

Description 
The clinical trial of invasive neurotechnological interventions, such as deep brain stimulation and other sophisticated brain computer interfaces, raise complex ethical challenges that must balance the desire to develop effective treatments for otherwise intractable disorders and the need to avoid preventable harm to patients and their families. These issues include: the challenge in obtaining informed consent from patients desperate for a cure, managing patient’s expectation of therapeutic benefit from the trial, and the responsibility of the research team to provide ongoing care and device management over the lifetime of the device in the context of short-term project funding. This study will employ various qualitative methodologies in order to provide ethical guidance to researchers and clinical teams in conducting trials of invasive neurological interventions.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
Keywords 
ethics, informed consent, research, responsibility, deep brain stimulation, brain computer interface, neurosurgery, responsible research and innovation
Available options 
PhD/Doctorate
Time commitment 
Full-time
Part-time
Top-up scholarship funding available 
No
Physical location 
Monash Biological Imaging facility
Co-supervisors 
Assoc Prof 
Adrian Carter

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