Technical University Munich, TUM, Munich, Germany
The Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine at the Technical University Munich (TUM) works on the ethical, historical and cultural dimensions of medicine. We focus on questions of responsible development and ethical integration of new biomedical technologies into research and clinical practice, such as biomarkers, applications in embodied AI/robotics, or neurostimulation in children. Further focal points are new concepts of solidarity in medicine as well as issues in neuroethics, research ethics and public health ethics. Therefore we take an interdisciplinary approach by applying various mixed-methods studies (qualitative, quantitative and theoretical methods) and we strive for an embedded approach to developing and ‘co-creating’ novel biomedical inno-vations, where clinicians, engineers, programmers etc. and ethicists and social scientists work side by side to embed ethical and social considerations into the development process. We also take an active interest in public engagement about ethical and social issues in biomedicine, through public events, consulting for large research consortia, or by advising policy-makers (WHO, German Ethics Council etc.).
The Medical Ethics works on the ethical, theoretical, social, and regulatory implications of modern biomedicine and health care, seeking to produce innovative research results and open up public debate. It covers a broad range of topics in the field of ethics and philosophy of medicine, ranging from theoretical analysis, to mixed methods research projects, as well as policy development and practical ethical advice at the hospital bed.
Role of the Medical Ethics in STIPED
The Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine at TUM leads work package 2 "Ethical and social issues, patient and public involvement". The team for Medical Ethics leader of WP2 has moved starting with January 2020 from Kiel University to Technical University Munich.
This WP advises on all research ethics issues within STIPED, investigates beliefs and attitudes towards application of tDCS techniques in children and adolescents and examines and addresses concerns and expectations, maps and addresses ethical issues of tDCS as treatment and as nonpharmacological neuroenhancement, and develops recommendations and policy suggestions for tDCS in pediatrics.