Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Technology and the Law

This piece was originally posted as a Birmingham Law School Research Blog Post This post summarises a paper we published a few months ago in Diabetic Medicine: ‘#WeAreNotWaiting DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems and the Challenges for the Law’* Authors: Rachael Dickson, Jessica Bell, Amber Dar, Laura Downey, Victoria Moore, Muireann Quigley Post written by: Rachael Dickson OS AID … Continue reading “Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Technology and the Law”

Visions of the Everyday Cyborg Workshop

Earlier in September, the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project hosted a two-day workshop at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Park Hotel. The workshop brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars including lawyers, clinicians, sociologists, cybersecurity researchers, and regulatory experts to discuss the regulation of medical devices. Short summaries of the papers are presented in the workshop … Continue reading “Visions of the Everyday Cyborg Workshop”

Encountering Everyday Cyborgs: Reflections On Field Work So Far

In this post our socio-legal researcher, Rachael Dickson, reflects on the interviews she has been conducting with persons living with attached and implanted medical devices. The data collection phase of the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project commenced in earnest in November 2021. Nearly a year on, it seems like a good time to reflect on these … Continue reading “Encountering Everyday Cyborgs: Reflections On Field Work So Far”

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Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop: Embodiment in Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Law

Earlier in September, the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project hosted a panel as part of the Mancept Workshops  at the University of Manchester. The panel, organised by project researcher Joseph Roberts, brought together philosophers and bioethicists to discuss how we might take better account of embodiment in ethical theorising, political philosophy, public policy, and law. The … Continue reading “Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop: Embodiment in Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Law”

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AI/ML-enabled Medical Devices: Regulatory Discussion in the UK and the US

This post discusses the current regulation of AI/ML enabled medical devices in the UK and compares potential policy changes with the US. The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems in medical devices has been linked to improved healthcare – for example, by providing earlier and more accurate diagnoses to patients, automating … Continue reading “AI/ML-enabled Medical Devices: Regulatory Discussion in the UK and the US”

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The Changing Face of Medical Devices Regulation? A Consultation & Expected New Regulations

This piece was originally posted as a Birmingham Law School Research Blog Post This post reflects on the potential reforms indicated by the recent MHRA consultation on the future of medical devices regulation In September 2021 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) launched a consultation seeking views on potential amendments to medical devices … Continue reading “The Changing Face of Medical Devices Regulation? A Consultation & Expected New Regulations”

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The Commissioner for Patient Safety: A Missed Opportunity?

In this blogpost Dr Victoria Moore explores the role of the Patient Safety Commissioner, arguing that it may not be sufficient to ensure patient safety I am nearly a couple of months late for New Year predictions, but nevertheless, here is mine for 2022. I predict that the new Patient Safety Commissioner (PSC) role – … Continue reading “The Commissioner for Patient Safety: A Missed Opportunity?”

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Filling up the timeline: have I missed anything?

This post offers a short update on the historical work our project is pursuing; particularly concerning a timeline resource which some of you may be kind enough to help with. Briefly though I would like to flag that our project is still recruiting those living with attached or implanted devices and prosthetics, to participate in … Continue reading “Filling up the timeline: have I missed anything?”

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Embodiment and the Everyday Cyborg: Philosophical and Sociological Approaches

In this post we consider how to study the embodiment of everyday cyborgs using phenomenological and sociological methods Although we often identify the locus of the self in the mind, what our body is like can have important effects on who we are. Our body is the means through which we perceive the world and … Continue reading “Embodiment and the Everyday Cyborg: Philosophical and Sociological Approaches”

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A Ghost Map of Medical Device Companies in the UK and Ireland (c.1970-2021)

Continuing our occasional series looking at medical devices from a historical perspective, we here provide a foundational resource for those looking into medical device business history. Building on our earlier preliminary historical research concerning the publics of medical devices, we are here sharing a way to visualise some of the most important businesses for the … Continue reading “A Ghost Map of Medical Device Companies in the UK and Ireland (c.1970-2021)”

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