Penn State Dickinson Law, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, invites applications for the position of a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to support the multidisciplinary Project CLASSICA (Validating AI in Classifying Cancer in Real-Time Surgery). The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to and interact closely with Professor. Sara Gerke. The €6 million Horizon Europe project CLASSICA will deliver and clinically validate an AI-based clinical decision support system, which allows rapid identification of the presence and distribution of cancer tumors. Clinical validation of the technology will take place across five leading European cancer centers. Eleven partners from nine countries are joining forces to clinically validate this exciting AI technology.

The four-year project is led by Ronan Cahill, Professor of Surgery at University College Dublin and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. Alongside the University College Dublin-Mater surgical team, there are four other clinical sites: Amsterdam UMC, locatie Stichting VUmc, Netherlands; Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg Hospital, Belgium; University of Turin, Italy; and St John of God Hospital Graz, Austria. The team also includes IRCAD in Strasbourg, Europe’s leading surgical education organization, and the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery. Legal and ethical expertise is provided by Copenhagen University, Faculty of Law, Denmark, and Penn State Dickinson Law, U.S. Arctur in Slovenia contributes advanced AI and high-performance computing. Dublin-based Pintail Ltd will provide project management and administrative support throughout.

The aim of Work Package 8, co-led by Prof. Sara Gerke, Penn State Dickinson Law, U.S., and Prof. Timo Minssen, Copenhagen University, Faculty of Law, Denmark, is to explore legal, ethical, and liability questions raised by AI-assisted surgery, thereby addressing concerns surgeons may have to use such systems.

This Work Package will explore regulatory questions in the U.S. and Europe, such as data privacy and medical device regulation, as well as bias issues raised by AI-driven technologies in surgery. In particular, Penn State Dickinson Law will lead comparative research (U.S. and Europe) on the topic of liability in AI-assisted surgery and will conduct a focus group event with surgeons. Copenhagen University and Penn State Dickinson Law also plan to co-organize a stakeholder conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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