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The Call for Abstracts is now open for the Future Health and New Technologies Conference 2020, which will bring together experts exploring the ethical, legal and social implications of technological innovation in biomedical research and healthcare across the world.

From algorithms to gene-editing, new technologies are transforming the way we see ourselves, what it means to be a patient, and how healthcare is regulated and organised. Increasingly, novel public/private partnerships are driving technological innovation and will determine the nature of learning healthcare systems for generations to come. Technological change promises great opportunities but also creates challenges as existing clinical relationships, responsibilities and obligations are reconfigured. The emergence of new global partnerships and collaborations questions established practice, norms, laws and regulation, with significant implications for patients and healthcare professionals.

The HeLEX Centre 2020 conference will bring together scholars interested in exploring the ethical, legal and social implications of technological innovation in biomedical research and healthcare across the world. Within an interactive conference programme, we will consider the future of healthcare delivery and the responsibilities of different actors within this context, addressing questions such as:

*   What are the challenges for socially responsible research and innovation raised by new technologies and how might these be resolved?
*   To what extent are current frameworks for accountability being challenged by institutional and organisational changes?
*   What new roles are emerging for clinicians, researchers, companies and regulators?
*   When are we considered ‘patients’, ‘consumers’ or ‘research participants’ in this new context?
*   How do systems of governance affect the success or failure of new technologies?
*   Will new technologies enable us to have a just and inclusive healthcare system, or will they lead to further inequalities?

Within an interactive conference programme, we will consider the future of healthcare delivery and the responsibilities of different actors within this context. To tackle questions around these roles and responsibilities within a changing regulatory and technological landscape, and how this will influence the advancement of health, we invite contribution from interdisciplinary scholars: for example legal academics, philosophers, social scientists, data scientists and others.

In particular, we welcome work that examines:

-        the views of different stakeholders, including (but not limited to) patients, regulators, clinicians, policy makers

-        the underlying principles or developing new perspectives for enquiry

-        technological and practical solutions for future health

The conference programme will begin at 13:30 on Tuesday 21st July, and conclude at 13:00 on Thursday 23rd July. Keynote presentations will be delivered each day, with panel discussions, and breakout sessions encouraging an interactive ‘conversation’ format.

Applications are now open to participate: Registration Form

The deadline for abstracts is 5pm Friday 31st January 2020.


Types of contribution:

Panel discussions:

Abstracts with be considered from a group of individuals to provide a complete panel session, or from individuals who wish to take part in a panel.

Short talks:

Short talks will allow researchers to share their projects or ideas in a 15 minute presentation – accompanied with power-point slides.

‘Rapid-Fire’ breakout sessions:

Participants are invited to deliver a quick overview of their research, either:

-        a PechaKucha (a concise and fast-paced storytelling style where speakers deliver 20 slides that progress at 20 second intervals – 6 minutes and 40 seconds in total)

-        or a ‘chalk-and-talk’ (presenters deliver 10 minute talks with the aid of a white board to explain/draw ideas as they go).

Posters: Participants are invited to contribute a poster to the poster session which will be held during the Wednesday lunch break. This will give participants the opportunity to discuss their research findings with other conference attendees.

Registration: online store will open soon (early bird registration will close on April 9th 2020).

For further details please contact: helex@law.ox.ac.uk

Join us and submit your abstract by completing the Registration form and return to helex@law.ox.ac.uk 


Our 2020 conference programme is still being finalised, but here is a reminder of the style and content of our last international conference in 2015 entitled "Translation in Healthcare", held at the Mathematical Institute.

 Alternatively register via our online store (open soon) with optional accommodation details and semi-formal dinner on Wednesday 22nd July at Keble College.