The Power Of Data And The Dilemma of Privacy

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GRAND RAPIDS — The fields of bioethics and big data will be the focus at the biannual DeVos Medical Colloquy at Grand Valley State University.

“The Power of Data and the Dilemma of Privacy” is set for Monday, October 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the Eberhard Center, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Registration online at before October 9; the event is free and open to the public.

Presenters are I. Glenn Cohen, professor of law at Harvard Law School and faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics; and Bonnie Kaplan, from the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, Yale Interdisiciplinary Bioethics Center scholar and a faculty affiliate fellow of the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.

Cohen is a leading expert on the intersection of medical ethics and the law; his research relates to big data, research ethics and health information technologies. Kaplan’s research and consulting concerns informatics, ethical and legal issues, user perspectives and experiences with health information technology, and ethnographic sociotechnical evaluation.

The colloquy will be webcast live and continuing education credits are offered for medical education, nursing and social work. Details are online at

The DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy is held twice per year. Grand Valley began hosting this series in 2015 after receiving a gift from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.