Dickinson law professor appointed health law researcher

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CARLISLE, Pennsylvania –Sara gerkeAssistant Professor of Law, was appointed 2021 Fellow in Health Law by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the Saint Louis University School of Law Center for Health Law Studies.

Each year, a nominating committee chooses four health law scholars through a competitive process that seeks work developed by junior scholars with an original thesis and that will contribute to the scholarly literature. The researchers present their work at the Health Law Scholars’ Workshop held in the fall in St. Louis, Missouri. The workshop is sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and Saint Louis University Law School.

“As an emerging scholar in the evolving and critical field of health law, Professor Gerke deserves this recognition in particular,” said Amy C. Gaudion, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Health Law. “I am delighted to see her work and the distinctive perspective she offers recognized in the field, and I look forward to seeing how her research will impact artificial intelligence in the field of health law.”

Senior health law scholars from law schools across the country participate in the workshop and provide commentary, support and advice on the ongoing work of health law scholars. Gerke will present his article “The Unique Labeling Challenges for Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Based Medical Devices”.

Gerke’s current research focuses on the ethical and legal challenges of artificial intelligence and big data for healthcare and healthcare law in the United States and Europe. “I focused my work on AI in healthcare because I firmly believe that digital technologies have enormous potential to transform medicine for the better,” said Gerke. “But we’re not there yet, and I hope my work will help realize the potential of AI and ensure that AI-based products are safe, effective and beneficial. all among us, especially the most vulnerable population groups.

As one of Dickinson Law’s newest faculty members, Gerke was previously a research fellow in medicine, artificial intelligence, and law at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at the Harvard Law School Project. on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence and Law. In this role, she oversaw the day-to-day work of the center component of this collaborative project, including conducting research on law, policy and ethics; drafting of reports and recommendations; and coordinate the efforts of the center with collaborators of the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law at the University of Copenhagen as well as with other partners. Prior to joining the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School, Gerke was Managing Director of the Institute of German, European and International Medical Law, Public Health Law and Bioethics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim.

Gerke’s work has appeared in places such as JAMA, Science, Nature Medicine, npj Digital Medicine, Nature Machine Intelligence, Nature Electronics, Nature Biotechnology, The Lancet Digital Health, Annual Reviews of Genomics and Human Genetics, Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Elsevier, Springer and Hastings Center report.

Gerke received his law degree from the University of Augsburg and an MA in medical ethics and law from King’s College London. She teaches courses on crime, health law, bioethics and related subjects.

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