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Frederic Gilbert

ARC DECRA Fellow
Philosophy & Gender Studies
School of Humanities

Room 369, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Frederic.Gilbert@utas.edu.au

Dr Frederic Gilbert focuses on bio-ethics. He is an expert in neuro-ethics. He is not a scientist. He is a philosopher. By monitoring patients with brain devices, Dr Gilbert grapples with the ethical questions posed by invasive brain technologies. His research informs the debates that guide policy regulation, especially in regard to human clinical and experimental trials.

The essential link between medical research and the humanities: keeping pace with the ethical questions posed by new invasive brain technologies

In Australia, we are living longer than ever before. We rarely die from the same diseases that killed many of our ancestors. But, we are seeing a significant increase in neuro-degenerative diseases due to our ageing population. Some estimates suggest that the number of patients suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson's will increase drastically in the next 20 years, in some cases it may increase up to 80 percent. Our society is facing a very serious challenge. Due to science and technology, the field of medicine has advanced radically. Invasive new brain technologies could be the best way to manage this crisis. New procedures and technologies are being developed all the time. When can scientists be sure they have enough evidence to try these in the brain of a human being? Policy makers frame policies that allow cutting edge technologies to translate into safe usage. Who advises them?

Who anticipates the ethical issues raised by the development of new technologies?

It is now possible to implant a device in the brain of someone with a neurological disease. These devices target the specific area of the brain that causes the disease. Most patients love the results; however a significant number have seen their lives fall apart. Invasive brain technologies present some profound ethical questions. It is hard to measure the way somebody feels. What if a patient loses control over their life, or even loses sense of their identity as a result of invasive neurosurgery? Can the scientists who devised this new technology, or the neurosurgeons who so skilfully implant it in someone's brain, fully understand its consequences?

'The next 20 years will see thousands of Australians retire. The sad reality is, that many of them will be faced with the onset of Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease,' said Dr Gilbert.

'We don't have a cure yet, but in some instances, a brain device can alleviate some symptoms. However, it may sound surprising, that many patients with Parkinson's don't feel better even if their symptoms are gone.'

Dr Gilbert has found that a significant proportion of people, though physically improved, believed their lives were better before they had the device implanted despite diminution of symptoms. Some patients became severely depressed, with catastrophic results in some cases. Others claimed to have lost their sense of identities. Some were divorced and others stopped working.

Parts of Dr Gilbert's work consist in interviewing patients in order to understand their subjective experiences of being implanted with these brain devices.

'The question is, will the patient be better off in the long run?' said Dr Gilbert. 'We need to ensure the long-term safety of these procedures. Understanding the impact of these technologies on a patient's mental health, sense of self and identity is vital.'

Dr Gilbert is currently grappling with the ethical questions that a new predictive and advisory brain device for people with epilepsy may cause. Once implanted in the brain, this device can forecast and predict a seizure, then warn the person.

'We need to analyse the effects of these devices and make sure patients clearly understand potential risks,' said Dr Gilbert. 'Miracle stories do happen, but they are not guaranteed. Patients' expectations need to match with real therapeutic outcomes; patients often overestimate therapeutic benefits when agreeing to be implanted, especially in experimental trials'.

'We often use the technology first and ask the ethical questions later. We need to make sure ethics keep pace with technological development. Ethics is a huge part of medical research'.

'I want my research to help people,' said Dr Gilbert. 'Translating ethical issues into clear policy and achieving a better outcome for patients is my ultimate objective.'

Frederic Gilbert is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow with the School of Humanities. He conducts research in neuroethics.  

Frederic is most interested by how new invasive brain technologies impact patients' postoperative life, self and identity; especially when it involves novel experimental and irrevocable neurological intervention.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDFree Will, Neurobiological Determinism, ResponsibilityUniversity of GenevaSwitzerland2009
MA University of GenevaSwitzerland2005

Languages (other than English)

French

Biography

Before joining The University of Tasmania, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the field of neuroethics at the Novel Tech Ethics, Department of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Frederic was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research with States of Mind: Emerging Issues in Neuroethics, and Therapeutic Hopes and Ethical Concerns: Clinical Research in the Neurosciences.

Frederic obtained his PhD in Philosophy at University of Geneva, Switzerland. He conducted research at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Geneva Medical School. His PhD work analyses the notions of neurobiological and genetic determinism, and their impact on free will and responsibility. My research was funded by Frontiers in Genetics (NCCR), Switzerland, and Fondation Yves et Ines Oltramare.

Research Themes

My work aligns to UTAS's research theme of 'Better Health'. My current research interests concentrate on the ethical issues posed by novel invasive biomedical technologies, especially in the brain. Part of my projects examined the experimental use of new highly invasive biomedical materials involving irreversible and irrevocable intervention (i.e. synthetic biosystem, additive-bio-fabricated materials, 3D bioprinting, induced pluripotent stem cells, optogenetics, etc.), as well, the use of implantable brain devices for treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions. 

I have worked on the ethical issues raised by therapeutic stem cells as treatment for spinal cord injuries. Moreover, I have been working on questions connected to the impact of neuroimaging and medical imaging on the scientific and popular cultures, the debate of equity in the allocation health care resources, concerns over mild-traumatic brain injury in sport and the discussion of neuropathologies related to dysfunctional behavior and on neurodegenerative disease associated with lack of responsibility.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • International Society of Neuroethics
  • International Neuroethics Network

Teaching

Applied Ethics, Bioethics, Ethics, Ethics of Technologies, Nanoethics, Neuroethics, Medical Ethics

Research Invitations

See Frederic's list of Presentations and Conferences.

View more on Dr Frederic Gilbert in WARP

Expertise

Since being awarded his PhD, Frederic has developed expertise in neuroethical issues related to human experimental trials involving novel invasive technologies for treatment of neuropathologies, especially in the brain.

  • Neuroethics
  • Human experimental trial
  • First-in-human clinical trial
  • Bioethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Applied Ethics

Current projects

The use of novel invasive synthetic biomedical brain technologies such as predictable brain devices, 3D printed biomaterials, additive-bio-fabricated materials, and drug delivery systems have raised unprecedented ethical issues for research. Given the therapeutic potential and high risk of harms associated with synthetic biomedical applications, it is critical to identify the ethical issues before these novel applications are widely used in human clinical trials. Frederic's research explores ethical concerns in order to better articulate how current research trial guidelines can adequately address the specificities of these brain applications and contribute to the delivery of innovative medical research to the Australian healthcare system.

Fields of Research

  • Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) (220103)
  • Bioethics (human and animal) (220101)
  • Medical Ethics (220106)

Research Objectives

  • Bioethics (950401)
  • Technological Ethics (950408)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies (970122)

Publications

Please see here for a full list of Frederic's publications https://sites.google.com/site/fredericgilbertt/publications

Total publications

70

Journal Article

(44 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Gilbert F, 'Exploring self-estrangement through brain implants', Neuroethics ISSN 1874-5490 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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2017Gilbert F, Goddard E, Viana JNM, Carter A, Horne M, 'I miss being me: Phenomenological effects of Deep Brain Stimulation', American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience pp. 1-22. ISSN 2150-7740 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Goddard E; Viana JNM

2017Gilbert F, O'Connell C, Mladenovska T, Dodds S, 'Print me an organ? Ethical and regulatory issues emerging from 3D bioprinting in medicine', Science and Engineering Ethics pp. 1-24. ISSN 1353-3452 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-017-9874-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Dodds S

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2017Viana JN, Bittlinger M, Gilbert F, 'Ethical considerations for deep brain stimulation trials in patients with early-onset Alzheimer's disease', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease pp. 1-13. ISSN 1387-2877 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3233/JAD-161073 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Viana JN

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2017Viana JN, Vickers JC, Cook MJ, Gilbert F, 'Currents of memory: recent progress, translational challenges, and ethical considerations in fornix deep brain stimulation trials for Alzheimer's disease', Neurobiology of Aging, 56 pp. 202-210. ISSN 0197-4580 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.03.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Viana JN; Vickers JC

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2017Viana JNM, Bueno RJ, Gilbert F, 'Beyond genomic association: ethical implications of elucidating disease mechanisms and genotype-influenced treatment response', American Journal of Bioethics, 17, (4) pp. 24-26. ISSN 1526-5161 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2017.1284931 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Viana JNM

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2017Gilbert F, O'Brien T, Cook M, 'The Effects of Closed-Loop Brain Implants on Autonomy and Deliberation: What are the Risks of Being Kept in the Loop?', Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics pp. 1-12. ISSN 0963-1801 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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2016Viana JNM, Freitas L, Severo MC, Gilbert F, 'Decoded neurofeedback: eligibility, applicability, and reliability issues for use in schizophrenia and major depressive disorder', American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 7, (2) pp. 127-129. ISSN 2150-7740 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2016.1190422 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Viana JNM

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2016Gilbert F, Vranic A, Viana JNM, 'Acquired pedophilia and moral responsibility', American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 7, (4) pp. 209-211. ISSN 2150-7740 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2016.1244221 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Viana JNM

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2016Viana JNM, Gilbert F, 'Big Explanations for Big Expectations: Deriving Lessons From the Human Genome and Blue Brain Projects', AJOB Neuroscience, 7, (1) pp. 18-34. ISSN 2150-7740 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2016.1138154 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Viana JNM

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2015Gilbert F, 'Self-estrangement and deep brain stimulation: ethical issues related to forced explantation', Neuroethics, 8, (2) pp. 107-114. ISSN 1874-5490 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12152-014-9224-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 4

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2015Gilbert F, 'A threat to Autonomy? The Intrusion of Predictive Brain Implants', AJOB Neuroscience, 6, (4) pp. 4-11. ISSN 2150-7740 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2015.1076087 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28

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2015Gilbert F, 'State of the concussion debate: from sceptical to alarmist claims', Neuroethics, 8, (1) pp. 47-53. ISSN 1874-5490 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12152-014-9219-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2015Gilbert F, Focquaert F, 'Rethinking responsibility in offenders with acquired paedophilia: Punishment or treatment?', International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 38 pp. 51-60. ISSN 0160-2527 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2015.01.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2015Gilbert F, Harris AR, Dodds SM, Kapsa RMI, 'Is a Last Chance' Treatment Possible After an Irreversible Brain Intervention?', AJOB Neuroscience pp. 1-2. ISSN 2150-7740 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Co-authors: Dodds SM

2015Gilbert F, Vranic A, 'Paedophilia, Invasive Brain Surgery, and Punishment', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 12, (3) pp. 521-526. ISSN 1176-7529 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11673-015-9647-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

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2015Johnson LSM, Partridge B, Gilbert F, 'Framing the debate: concussion and mild traumatic brain injury', Neuroethics, 8, (1) pp. 1-4. ISSN 1874-5490 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12152-015-9233-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2015Gilbert F, Cook M, 'Are Predictive Brain Implants an indispensable feature of autonomy?', Bioethica Forum, 8, (4) pp. 121-127. ISSN 1662-601X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2014Gilbert F, 'Just Another Spot? How to Miss the Ethical Target', AJOB Neuroscience, 5, (4) pp. 1-2. ISSN 2150-7740 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2014.953269 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2014Gilbert F, Dodds S, 'Is there a moral obligation to develop brain implants involving NanoBionic technologies? Ethical issues for clinical trials', NanoEthics, 8, (1) pp. 49-56. ISSN 1871-4757 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11569-013-0177-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Dodds S

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2014Gilbert F, Goddard EMC, 'Thinking ahead too much: Speculative ethics and implantable brain devices', AJOB Neuroscience, 5, (1) pp. 49-51. ISSN 2150-7759 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2013.863252 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Goddard EMC

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2014Gilbert F, Harris A, Kapsa R, 'Controlling brain cells with light: ethical considerations for optogenetic clinical trials', AJOB Neuroscience, 5, (3) pp. 3-11. ISSN 2150-7740 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2014.911213 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13

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2014Vranic A, Gilbert F, 'Prognostic Implication of Preoperative Behavior Changes in Patients with Primary High-Grade Meningiomas', The Scientific World Journal, 2014 Article 398295. ISSN 1537-744X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1155/2014/398295 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 4

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2013Gilbert F, 'Deep brain stimulation and postoperative suicidality among treatment resistant depression patients: should eligibility protocols exclude patients with a history of suicide attempts and anger/impulsivity?', AJOB Neuroscience Journal, 4, (1) pp. 28-35. ISSN 2150-7740 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2012.740143 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17

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2013Gilbert F, Dodds SM, 'How to Turn Ethical Neglect Into Ethical Approval', AJOB Neuroscience, 4, (2) pp. 59-60. ISSN 2150-7740 (2013) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2013.782914 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Dodds SM

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2013Vickers J, Gilbert F, 'Brain Danger', MJA: InSight, (2) pp. 1. ISSN 1326-5377 (2013) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2013Gilbert F, 'Deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression: postoperative feelings of self-estrangement, suicide attempt and impulsive-aggressive behaviours', Neuroethics, 6, (3) pp. 473-481. ISSN 1874-5490 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12152-013-9178-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 9

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2012Gilbert F, 'The Burden of Normality: From 'chronically ill' to 'symptom free'. New ethical challenges for deep brain stimulation postoperative treatment', Journal of Medical Ethics, 38, (7) pp. 408-412. ISSN 0306-6800 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2011-100044 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 47Web of Science - 29

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2012Gilbert F, Partridge B, 'The need to tackle concussion in Australian football codes', Medical Journal of Australia, 196, (9) pp. 561-563. ISSN 0025-729X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5694/mja11.11218 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9

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2012Gilbert Frederic, Harris AR, Kapsa RMI, 'Efficacy Testing as a Primary Purpose of Phase 1 Clinical Trials: Is it Applicable to First-in-Human Bionics and Optogenetics Trials?', AJOB Neuroscience, 3, (2) pp. 20-22. ISSN 2150-7740 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2012.666323 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

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2012Gilbert Frederic, Vranic R, Hurst S, 'Involuntary and Voluntary Invasive Brain Surgery: Ethical Issues Related to Acquired Aggressiveness', Neuroethics, 6, (1) pp. 115-128. ISSN 1874-5504 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12152-012-9161-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 8

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2011Bretzner F, Gilbert F, Baylis F, Brownstone R, 'Target populations for first-in-human embryonic stem cell research in spinal cord injury', Cell Stem Cell, 8, (5) pp. 468-475. ISSN 1934-5909 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2011.04.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 82Web of Science - 68

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2011Bretzner F, Gilbert F, Baylis F, Brownstone R, 'Subject selection for first-in-human hESC-derived GRNOPC1 research: A Response to Wirth et.al.2011', Cell Stem Cell, 8, (5) pp. 1-2. ISSN 1875-9777 (2011) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2011Fenton A, Gilbert F, 'On the Use of Animals in Emergent Embryonic Stem Cell Research for Spinal Cord Injuries', Journal of Animal Ethics, 1, (1) pp. 37-45. ISSN 2156-5414 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5406/janimalethics.1.1.0037 [eCite] [Details]

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2011Gilbert F, 'Une justice exclusiviment retributive est-elle adaptee a la lutte contre le crime pedophile? - Is an exclusive retributive justice appropriate to tackle paedophilic crime?', Psychiatrie et violence, 10, (1) ISSN 1702-501X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.7202/1005715ar [eCite] [Details]

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2011Gilbert F, 'Working While Under the Influence of Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Is One 'More Responsible'?', AJOB Neuroscience, 2, (3) pp. 57-59. ISSN 2150-7740 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2011.584517 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2011Gilbert F, Baertschi B, 'Neuroenhancement: much ado about nothing?', AJOB Neuroscience, 2, (4) pp. 45-47. ISSN 2150-7740 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2011.620068 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2011Gilbert F, Burns L, Krahn T, 'The inheritance, power and predicaments of the 'brain-reading' metaphor', Medicine Studies, 2, (4) pp. 229-244. ISSN 1876-4533 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12376-010-0054-0 [eCite] [Details]

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2011Gilbert F, Johnson SM, 'Impact of American tackle football-related concussion in youth athletes', AJOB Neuroscience, 2, (4) pp. 48-59. ISSN 2150-7740 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2011.611125 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14

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2011Gilbert F, Ovadia D, 'Deep brain stimulation in the media: over-optimistic portrayals call for a new strategy involving journalists and scientists in ethical debates', Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5 Article 16. ISSN 1662-5145 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fnint.2011.00016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30

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2010Gilbert F, Wenger A, 'Reading in the brain', Hektoen International, 2, (2) pp. 1-3. ISSN 2155-3017 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Munsterhjelm M, Gilbert F, 'How do researcher duties conflict with Aboriginal rights?: Genetics research and biobank problems in Taiwan ', Dilemata, 2, (4) pp. 33-56. ISSN 1989-7022 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2009Gilbert F, Outram S, 'Chemical interventions and ethical side effects', Canadian Chemical News (L'Actualite Chimique Canadienne), (September) pp. 20-21. ISSN 0823-5228 (2009) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2007Wenger A, Gilbert F, 'The brain like an open book? Le cerveau a livre ouvert', Revue Medicale Suisse, 3, (132) pp. 2564-2566. ISSN 1660-9379 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Wallace GG, Cornock RC, O'Connell CD, Bernie S, Dodds SM, et al., '3D BioPrinting: Printing Parts for Bodies', ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Australia ISBN 978-0-646-92867-8 (2014) [Authored Other Book]

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Co-authors: Dodds SM

Chapter in Book

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Gilbert F, Dodds S, 'Is there anything wrong with using invasive and predictive brain devices to prevent convicted offenders from reoffending?', Neuro-interventions and the Law: Regulating Human Mental Capacity, N Vincent (ed), pp. 1-12. (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Dodds S

2013Gilbert F, 'Nano-bionic Devices for the Purpose of Cognitive Enhancement: Toward a Preliminary Ethical Framework', Cognitive Enhancement: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Springer, E Hildt and AG Franke (ed), Dordrecht, pp. 125-138. ISBN 9789400762527 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6253-4_11 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Gilbert F, 'Does neuropathology dictate morality? Acquired pedophillia as a neuroethical case', Morality: Reasoning on Different Approaches, Editions Rodopi B.V., Vasil Gluchman (ed), Netherlands, pp. 97-109. ISBN 9789042037274 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Gilbert F, Burns L, Krahn T, 'Imaging the brain: The inheritance, power and predicaments of the 'brain reading metaphor'', Medical Imaging and Philosophy, Franz Steiner Verlag, H Fangerau, R Chhem, I Muller, S-C Wamg (ed), Stuttgart, pp. 83-102. ISBN 9783515100465 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Gilbert F, 'Does Neurobiological Determinism Entail the End of Criminal Responsibility?', Applied Ethics: Life, Environment and Society, Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy (ed), Hokkaido University, Japan, pp. 37-45. ISBN 9784990404611 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Gilbert F, 'Neuroethics: Should We Rethink Free Will and Criminal Responsibility?', Proceedings of the Third International Conference in Applied Ethics, 21-23 November, Hokkaido University, Japan, pp. 87-95. (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(19 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Gilbert F, 'Ethical issues surrounding implantable brain technologies leads academic to US', UTAS news, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Feb (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Gilbert F, 'UTAS philosopher exploring pros and cons of implantable brain technology', Campus Review, Australia, Feb (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Gilbert F, 'Implants change your life', Deutschlandradio Kultur, Germany radio, Germany, 14 July (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Gilbert F, 'Ethics: Managing the impact of innovation', ACES News (Ethics), Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), Australia, 28 June (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Gilbert F, 'Fixed by light: Flick a switch to banish pain and blindness', New Scientist, Reed Business Information Ltd, United Kingdom, 230, 3079, pp. 38-41. (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Gilbert F, 'Expert to weigh up brain-zap devices', The Mercury, Fairfax Media, Hobart (2016) [Media Interview]

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2015Gilbert F, 'This device brings 'Brave new world' to Life', The Daily Beast, The Daily Beast Company LLC, United States, 25 July (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Gilbert F, 'Adverse Effects: The Perils of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression', Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry and Social Justice, Mad in America Foundation, USA, 24 September (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Gilbert F, 'Researcher Profile', Brainstorm, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal, Canada, 8, 13, p. 1. (2015) [Media Interview]

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2012Gilbert F, 'Football Related-Concussion in Pediatric Athletics Warning', Southern Cross News, Southern Cross Television, Hobart (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Gilbert F, 'Are we born believers? - Est-on croyant de Naissance?', Libre Echange avec Justin Dupuis, Radio-Canada, Canada (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Gilbert F, 'utas researcher warning on concussion injuries', University of Tasmania Press Release, University of Tasmania, Hobart, October 25 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Gilbert F, 'research shows head injury risks', ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, October 27 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Gilbert F, 'head-knock-warning', The Examiner, Davies Brothers, Launceston, October 26 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Partridge B, Gilbert F, 'Correcting our blurred vision on football concussions', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group, Melbourne, 14.5.2012, pp. 1-3. (2012) [Magazine Article]

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2010Gilbert F, 'Deep Brain Stimulation: From Parkinson treatment to personality enhancement?', CyberTherapy and Rehabilitation Magazine, Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Belgium, 3, 2, pp. 17-18. (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2009Gilbert F, 'Geron's hFSC Trial for Spinal Cord Injury: The Risk of Therapeutic Misconception', The Hastings Center Report: Bioethics Forum, The Hastings Centre, USA, April, 17th (2009) [Internal Newsletter]

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2008Gilbert F, 'Punish the irresponsible? Punir les irresponsables?', Les temps qui courent avec Philippe Zibung, Radio Suisse Romande 2, Quebec (2008) [Media Interview]

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2005Gilbert F, 'L'illusion du libre arbitre dans le chaos deterministe', Les temps qui courent avec Marc Berman, Radio Suisse Romande 2, Quebec (2005) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

External Funding

Visiting Scientist Fellow, University of Washington ($83,600)

Description Conducting research in relation to ethical issues raised by usage of Brain Computer Interfaces for treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Especially exploring concerns emerging from novel invasive neurotechnologies such as advisory devices and closed-loop systems. 

Scheme Centre for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering - University of Washington

Successful Internal Grant Support

2015 Institute for the Study of Social Change Small Grant application: 'Dementia and Implantable Brain Devices: Ethical and Societal Concerns.', $3,020

Funding Summary

Number of grants

9

Total funding

$398,081

Projects

Invasive Synthetic Biomedical Brain Device: Ethical and Policy Implications (2015 - 2017)$363,536
Description
The use of novel invasive synthetic biomedical brain technologies such as predictable brain devices, 3Dprinted biomaterials, additive-bio-fabricated materials, and drug delivery systems have raised unprecedentedethical issues for research. Given the therapeutic potential and high risk of harms associated with syntheticbiomedical applications, it is critical to identify the ethical issues before these novel applications are widelyused in human clinical trials. This research explores ethical concerns in order to better articulate how currentresearch trial guidelines can adequately address the specificities of these brain applications and contributeto the delivery of innovative medical research to the Australian healthcare system.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($363,536)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gilbert F
Period
2015 - 2017
Grant Reference
DE150101390
Deep Brain Stimulation and Postoperative Self-Adjustment Phenomenon (2015)$11,267
Description
This study intends to provide an in-depth ethical exploration of the complex DBS postoperative self-adjustment phenomenon.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($11,267)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gilbert F
Year
2015
3D BioPrinting: A new Medical and Ethical Frontier? (2015)$8,436
Description
Implementation of an international symposium to present results and data and collaborate with other researchers.
Funding
The Brocher Foundation ($8,436)
Scheme
Grant-Brocher Foundation
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gilbert F
Year
2015
Ethical considerations for Bionic Eyes (2013)$2,500
Description
Neural implant systems such as the Bionic Eye exist on the spectra of ethics. Neural implants have shown considerable advantages for the repair and replacement of damaged or disabled biological systems and accordingly are rapidly being introduced into mainstream medicine. Concerns however exist over the prerequisite preclinical testing and potential misuse of the technology. Bionics have been met with less ethical objections primarily due to what can only be defined as a coolness factor. Cybernetic organisms or cyborgs have been portrayed for decades in science fiction and most people have some understanding of cyborgs and Bionic Eyes. Accordingly, the concept of combining computing and electronics into medicine and directly interfacing with the human biological system does not seem too foreboding. The use of neural implants in human subjects, however, remains an infant field. Despite significant bench top and animal trial, it was not until the last 20 years that chronic human trials have commenced. In Australia, the Bionic Eye is only just reaching this phase and consumer interest is extreme. The commercial opportunities to use the ability of computers to replace the less optimally functioning components of the brain for considerable advantage are significant. Considerable debate has occurred in relation to the bionic ear implants, however, bionic eye technology is relatively new and many surgical questions remain. This project will investigate ethical considerations related to whether advances may be used for misappropriation, whether it will be a rich-mans technology and whether the benefits of implantation outweigh the risks.
Funding
University of Melbourne ($2,500)
Scheme
Grant-Ethics and Integrity Development Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gilbert F; McPhedran Michelle; Fox Kate
Year
2013
International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2012)$375
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation Science, Research and Tertiary Education ($375)
Scheme
ERC-Bursary registration
Administered By
Australian Nanotechnology Network
Research Team
Gilbert F
Year
2012
2012: 11th World Congress of Bioethics, Netherlands (2012)$1,400
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,400)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gilbert F
Year
2012
32rd International Academy of Law and Mental Health (2011)$5,175
Funding
Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the Geneva University Medical School ($5,175)
Scheme
Grant - Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Geneva
Research Team
Gilbert F
Year
2011
Cognitive Enhancement Conference (2011)$2,500
Funding
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research ($2,500)
Scheme
ERC-Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Mainz
Research Team
Gilbert F
Year
2011
Deep Brain Stimulation: From Parkinsons Treatment to Personality Enhancement (2010)$2,892
Funding
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($2,892)
Scheme
Project Grants Caf Scientifique
Administered By
Dalhousie University
Research Team
Gilbert F
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Current

3

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDWhat are the Ethical Implications and Responsibilities when there is an Interface Between community Agencies and those Living with Tourette Syndrome?2012
MastersNovel Invasive Biomedical Applications: What might be the ethical issues ahead?2015
PhDInvasive Synthetic Biomedical Brain Devices: Ethical and policy implications2015

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDThe Bionic Self-Implications of Bionics for Selfhood and Social Relations
Candidate: Eliza Miriam Chelsea Goddard
2015