Ethical guidance for the management of conflicts of interest for researchers, engineers and clinicians engaged in the development of therapeutic deep brain stimulation

Joseph J. Fins, Thomas E. Schlaepfer, Bart Nuttin, Cynthia S. Kubu, Thorsten Galert, Volker Sturm, Reinhard Merkel, Helen S. Mayberg

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The clinical promise of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for neuropsychiatric conditions is coupled with the potential for ethical conflicts of interest because the work is so heavily reliant upon collaborations between academia, industry and the clinic. To foster transparency and public trust, we offer ethical guidance for the management of conflicts of interest in the conduct of DBS research and practice so that this nascent field can better balance competing goods and engineer new and better strategies for the amelioration of human suffering. We also hope that our ethical analysis will be of relevance to those working with other related neuroprosthetic devices, such brain-computer interfaces and neural arrays, which naturally share many of the same concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033001
JournalJournal of neural engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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