Ethics Support


How does the HBP support ethical research and Responsible Research and Innovation?

The HBP has a dedicated Ethics Support team who work in collaboration with the rest of Ethics and Society and HBP management to support best research practice across the entire Project. We conduct research on matters related to ethics, governance, RRI, and policy related to neuroscience and ICT innovation. We also provide resources for HBP researchers and the public, outreach and dissemination on Ethics Support topics (have a look at our blog and Twitter account), and an Ethics Rapporteur programme. Additionally, we support the Data Governance Working Group in developing responsible data policy, and the Ethics Advisory Board who independently provide expert advice. Furthermore, we offer a mechanism for reporting any ethical issues (PORE). In addition, our Standard Operating Procedures outline comprehensive policies to help govern research practices, and manage processes to ensure compliance with ethical principles.

What ethical issues does the HBP raise, and what ethical principles are used to regulate research?

HBP research involves collecting information about people (personal data). The ethical principles of confidentiality, informed consent, not causing harm or suffering to participants, and secure storage of data are all followed. Our Data Protection pages provide more detail on the principles and processes that govern this work. There is also HBP research on human cells and tissues. The ethical principles of confidentiality (e.g. DNA information), informed consent (from donors), and licensing are abided by. Some research in the HBP involves animals. The ethical principle of the ‘3 Rs’ is always followed; this requires that researchers Reduce the number of animals, Replace them with less intelligent species of animals or non-animal subjects (e.g. simulations), and Refine the methods to cause the least possible amount of harm. In addition, the general ethical principles of licensing and due care always apply to all forms of HBP research.     

What does ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ mean? Why it is necessary?

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a way of linking the advances and innovations in technology and medicine with ethical approaches and social responsibility. It is important because it helps companies and researchers to anticipate and reflect on how to make their discoveries of benefit to society. For more information, visit ORBIT-RRI.



Ethics and Society Overview


Researcher Awareness

Our Activities

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Check out our blog

Ethics Support Team

Ethics Manager

Team Member (expertise: data protection)

Research Fellow, Compliance Manager

Shamim Patel       
EAB Administration Manager

Kerstin Håkansson  
Team Member (expertise: animal research)

Patty Healey       
Team Member (expertise: human research)



Team Member (expertise: bioethics)


Ethics Structures and Information

Data Protection

You can find EU resources on Data Protection and HBP-specific information from our Data Protection Officers here.

Data Governance

Members of Ethics Support are part of the Data Governance Working Group.

Researcher Awareness

A key part of our work with colleagues from the Foresight Lab is raising Researcher Awareness across the HBP. 


Ethics Rapporteurs

Get to know the Ethics Rapporteurs here

Ethics Advisory Board

Members of the independent Ethics Advisory Board can be found here.

Ethics Resources

For guidance, Factsheets, Standard Operating Procedures, Data Policy, and other useful information, click here.
Our blog on Ethics Support-related matters is Ethics Dialogues

Recent Events

Research, ethics and societal impact dual use and responsible research: ethical challenges, 15-17 Nov. 2018, Stockholm

Global Neuroethics Summit, October 11-14 of 2018, Seoul, South Korea

Data Governance in International Neuro-ICT Collaborations, March 20-21 of 2018, Exeter College, Oxford

(Videos and a brief summary can be viewed on the ORBIT webpage.)


Do You Want to Raise an Ethical Issue?

You can submit an issue here.
This page was last updated on 08/02/2019.