The Helmholtz Medical Security and Privacy Research Center (HMSP) is a joint center for medical security and privacy research between the Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA) and the German Research Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). HMSP’s research focuses on disruptive innovations in the field of IT security and privacy in the medical context to enable trustworthy next-generation medical applications and personalized medicine. It particular ranges from the trustworthy processing of large-scale data sets that often contain multimodal information, to the development of appropriate protective mechanisms when data is being disseminated and share, to the in-depth analysis of security and privacy risks for critical software and system components in this domain. Adding further Helmholtz Centers to HMSP will be explored in the future.

We list a few example topics:

  • Investigation of privacy risks induced by the collection and dissemination of various kinds of health information, such as genomic data, microbiome data, fitness data, and medical images.
  • Development of protective technologies that enable trustworthy computation on biomedical data, including privacy-respecting discovery of interpretable patterns, structures, correlations and causal relations from sources of heterogeneous quality and trustworthiness.
  • Tailoring of modern analysis methods to medical software and system components, facilitating the in-depth security analysis and the secure development of medical software and devices.
  • Investigation of legal and societal questions associated with the processing of medical data, including the development of, and compliance with, legal frameworks for privacy-friendly data collection and processing, as well as the exploration of corresponding societal agreements.

CISPA

The Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA) in Saarbrücken is dedicated to addressing the grand research challenges in security and privacy in a comprehensive and holistic manner. It strives for cutting-edge, often disruptive foundational research, augmented with innovative application-oriented research, corresponding technology transfer and societal outreach. Medical security and privacy has been a topic of central importance for CISPA since its inauguration.

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DZNE

DZNE

The German Research Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is dedicated to researching dementia in all its facets, investigating similarities and differences of various brain diseases. The central goal is to develop new preventive and therapeutic approaches, while keeping a close relationship to clinical research, population studies and health care research. Efficient and trustworthy processing of large datasets containing sensitive biomedical information is at the core of DZNE’s research.

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