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May 02, 2019

MRCT Center Bioethics Collaborative: Impact of Mobile Devices & Wearable Technologies on the Design and Conduct of Clinical Research

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston, MA

The widespread use of mobile smart devices and wearables has the potential to drastically change how clinical research is conceptualized and conducted. Consequently, participants’ data may now be leveraged for a variety of health purposes, including the development of remote screening and diagnostic tools, early intervention programs, and the promotion of public health. While these developments can make research participation less burdensome, they also raise ethical and regulatory challenges around acceptable levels of privacy risk, necessary precautions for safeguarding participants’ confidentiality, and the optimal approach to risk mitigation. Attendees of the May 2nd Bioethics Collaborative will consider the role of data obtained from mobile devices in supporting FDA applications, as well as whether extra precautions are needed to safeguard the confidentiality of this data, given its nature.

For more information, please email Emily Statham at