Brain Matters: New Directions in Neuroethics

Project: Research project

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Brain Matters: New Directions in Neuroethics Brain Matters: New Directions in Neuroethics To date, work in neuroethics has focused largely on issue scoping as it relates to neuroscience and neurotechnology. The aim of this conference is to explore in depth the ethical issues that surface when we attend to the fact that brain interventions are significantly different from other medical interventions, given their potential to alter our understanding of the species and our sense of self relative to concepts such as memory, free will, responsibility, consciousness, and personal identity. Indeed, as Hubert Doucet astutely notes, the development of neurobiology challenges the classical vision of what it means to be human and takes intellectual debates in new directions (2007). Ethics issues associated with health care, health research, and health policy will be the central focus of the conference. Participants will examine practical and policy issues that concern different understandings of agency and privacy, forced psychiatric treatment, personality enhancement, harm/benefit analysis, risk assessment, and research ethics. Scientific, clinical, social and legal issues will be addressed in the elucidation of ethical issues. Because brain-based interventions are likely to impinge on morally sensitive issues like free will and cognition, the processes of assessing and disclosing associated harms and risks present particularly thorny challenges. Discussion will not be limited to theoretical issues, but will also include the practical application of ethical principles and values to health research from policy-making in the relevant domains, to the quality of IRB review of clinical trials (or ESCRO review of stem cell research), and the quality of consent for research participation.
Effective start/end date9/1/092/15/10


  • Greenwall Foundation, The: $5,000.00


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