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Ethical issues in the development of a vestibular prosthesis

Poppendieck, Wigand
Hoffmann, Klaus-Peter
Merfeld, Daniel
Micera, Silvestro
Published in Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 2011, vol. 2011, p. 2265-8
Abstract During the development of a neural prosthesis, various ethical aspects have to be considered. These range from the basic design of the prosthesis and manufacturing of the various components and the system using biocompatible materials to extensive in vitro and in vivo testing and investigations in the animal model, before taking the final step and going to human trials. As medical systems, neural prostheses have to be proven absolutely safe before considering any clinical study. In this work, the various steps accompanying the development are described taking the example of a vestibular prosthesis currently developed within the European project CLONS.
Keywords Electric Stimulation Therapy/ethicsEuropeProstheses and Implants/ethicsVestibular Diseases/prevention & control/rehabilitation
PMID: 22254792
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Research group Neuroprothèses sensorielles pour la restitution de l'audition et l'équilibre (268)
Project FP7: CLONS
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POPPENDIECK, Wigand et al. Ethical issues in the development of a vestibular prosthesis. In: Conference proceedings : IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2011, vol. 2011, p. 2265-8. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:25172

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