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Posted: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
JOB TITLE: PhD in Health Privacy
DEADLINE: Friday, February 19th, 2021
LOCATION: Ghent University
CONTACT: Mahsa Shabani

The PhD student will work on a bilateral
(Flanders-Quebec) FWO funded project on the ethical, legal and social aspects of using
smartphone crowd-sourced data for biomedical research purposes. Smartphone
applications for health are being increasingly used as a platform for collecting and sharing
large volumes of crowdsourced personal health data for biomedical research and algorithm
training. Consumer genetics products are similarly allowing individuals to have direct
access to their own genetic data and to share such data with researchers. Using
smartphone and genetic data in these ways presents numerous opportunities to expand
biomedical knowledge, though it also raises certain risks. Some of these include risks to
personal privacy and risks associated with unclear ethical and legal obligations on the part
of app developers and researchers. In this project, we aim to mitigate these risks by
determining how smartphone applications and other mobile tools that collect health data
work in practice and by addressing legal, ethical, and regulatory uncertainties.

The research will take place in the stimulating environment of the interfaculty
METAMEDICA platform, and at the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University.

The starting date of the PhD is negotiable.

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