Jeffrey Kahn to Serve on New National Academy of Medicine Committee

February 3, 2020

Jeffrey P. Kahn, Andreas. C. Dracopoulos Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics has been selected to serve on the National Academy of Medicine’s newly established Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation in health and medicine(CESTI).  The committee will assess the landscape of emerging scientific advances and technologies in health and medicine and address the potential societal, ethical, legal, and workforce implications of such technologies, with the goal of developing a multi-sectoral governance framework. In addition, Debra Mathews, the Institute’s Assistant Director for Science Programs, has been selected as an Academic Collaborator for CESTI.

Advances in biomedical science, data science, engineering, and technology are leading to high-pace innovation with tremendous potential to transform health and medicine.  Recent examples include artificial intelligence in health care, human genome editing technologies, and new neural technologies, such as brain implants.  At the same time, these breakthroughs carry risks and have important implications for society, with particular concerns related to the speed of adoption, the ability to control cost of care, and the potential to exacerbate inequities and challenge social norms and ethics.

CESTI is comprised of individuals representing perspectives from health, biomedical science, ethics, social sciences, law, regulation, and other disciplines. A complete committee roster is available here.

The committee will hold meetings and public workshops to:

  • monitor, anticipate and identify emerging developments with significant potential to transform health and medicine;
  • address specific cases through collective review and study;
  • assess the multitude of factors and their interactions that shape the translation of emerging technologies;
  • analyze and delineate the potential risks and societal implications posed by these technologies;
  • build shared understanding around terminology relating to the governance and the means by which different domains work together; and
  • develop a framework of multi sectoral governance to guide the future development of emerging technology for the collective good.