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Public lecture: Bioethics, biobanks, and big data

Who can—and should—access your medical information?

Dr Angela Ballantyne

The Bioethics Centre hosts Dr Angela Ballantyne for a cutting edge discussion concerning healthcare and 'big data'

Research is vital to progress in healthcare; and research requires data. One potentially valuable source of research data comes from patients’ clinical material, including their medical records and tissue samples left over from clinical care. Research using clinical material is a public resource that might generate new medical treatments, help inform health service delivery and/or reduce health costs.

However, there are ethical concerns about accessing patients’ clinical material, especially without consent. I will explain the potential ethical risks to both patients and communities including privacy breaches, stigma, embedding existing inequality and prejudice, increased surveillance of populations, and re-orientation of funding and resources.

Watch online (live streaming) at

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Date Friday, 27 January 2017
Time 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Conference
Public Lecture
DepartmentBioethics Centre, Faculty of Law
LocationThe Hunter Centre, Corner of Great King Street and Frederick Street, Dunedin
Contact NameDr Sarah Soper, Conference Organiser

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