Professor Colleen Flood receives prestigious grant for workshop on AI and health care law

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2019

Professor Colleen Flood has received a grant from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) for an event entitled “AI & Health Care: A Workshop for the Fusion of Law & Science.” The workshop will bring together an international group of participants to explore the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) on the legal and regulatory structures that protect patients and caregivers in Canadian and international health care systems.

Impending advancements in AI research hold the potential to not only assist, but also to substitute for human caregivers, medical service providers, diagnosticians and expert decision-makers. Current legal and regulatory regimes that protect patient safety, privacy and other values were developed for an era of medicine that is increasingly obsolete.

Professor Flood’s workshop will proactively identify and address growing regulatory blind spots. The goal is to not only to determine the present state of the law across Canadian and other jurisdictions, but to explore laws, regulations and policies that strike a balance between protecting patients and ensuring the timely uptake of promising new technologies. The findings from the workshop will be of particular interest to AI scientists and engineers, legal scholars and policy-makers.

This grant is part of CIFAR’s AI and Society Workshops Program, which provides funding and support to international teams to explore the impact of AI, both today and in the future. Professor Flood responded to a special call for proposals jointly funded by France’s Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), based in the United Kingdom.

Members of Professor Flood’s proposal team include Professors Ian Kerr (Common Law Section), Joelle Pineau (McGill University) and Céline Castets-Renard (Université Toulouse Capitole, France).

Congratulations to Professor Flood!

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