23. November 2022

Matthias Braun receives ERC Starting Grant Matthias Braun receives ERC Starting Grant

Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun has successful acquired one of the highest-ranking top grants of the European Union: a coveted Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). This is associated with funding of 1.5 million euros for the next five years.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun
Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun © Volker Lannert / University of Bonn
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Matthias Braun and his team are studying the ethical and societal impact of digital twins in healthcare. The ERC project takes a look at four challenges:

  1. How does our understanding of disease and health change when we are accompanied by a digital twin?
  2. Who should own the respective digital body and who should have what kind of control over them?
  3. How is one’s self-image affected when a person begins to interact with their digital body?
  4. Do different digital twins also need different frameworks? Who has the right to access personalized predictions?

Based on the experience of the vulnerability of human life, the SIMTWIN project aims to define a framework that respects human rights. The goal is to develop responsible concepts of consent and controllability regarding digital twins in health.

You can read more about the grant in the official press release of the University of Bonn.

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