Towards a Governance Framework for Brain Data

Marcello Ienca, Joseph J. Fins, Ralf J. Jox, Fabrice Jotterand, Silja Voeneky, Roberto Andorno, Tonio Ball, Claude Castelluccia, Ricardo Chavarriaga, Hervé Chneiweiss, Agata Ferretti, Orsolya Friedrich, Samia Hurst, Grischa Merkel, Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor, Jean-Marc Rickli, James Scheibner, Effy Vayena, Rafael Yuste, Philipp Kellmeyer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

32 Citations (Scopus)
54 Downloads (Pure)


The increasing availability of brain data within and outside the biomedical field, combined with the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to brain data analysis, poses a challenge for ethics and governance. We identify distinctive ethical implications of brain data acquisition and processing, and outline a multi-level governance framework. This framework is aimed at maximizing the benefits of facilitated brain data collection and further processing for science and medicine whilst minimizing risks and preventing harmful use. The framework consists of four primary areas of regulatory intervention: binding regulation, ethics and soft law, responsible innovation, and human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Number of pages14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • Brain data
  • Data governance
  • Neurodata
  • Neurotechnology
  • Regulation


Dive into the research topics of 'Towards a Governance Framework for Brain Data'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this