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Joint Research Project: INTERFACES - Intelligent Neuro-Technologies Restoring Functions of Action and Communication: an Evaluation Study

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA), the Spanish National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany, respectively.
Coordination: Orsolya Friedrich (LMU Munich, Germany). It consists of scientific partners in Montreal (Canada), Granada (Spain), Hamburg and Munich (Germany).

The overall project goal is to evaluate the ethical, legal, and social challenges presented by the development in the field of BCIs and their increasing application in research, health care and other societal applications. In order to achieve this goal, we will identify and analyze fundamental ethical and legal questions concerning human agency, responsibility, autonomy and regulation. We will also collect empirical data about the perspectives of crucial stakeholders (patients and their families, health care professionals and general public). Finally, we plan to effectively disseminate the findings of our research to key policy makers for regulation and to the public for practical use.