Sept. 19 at AAAS: Neuroenhancement: Building an Improved Human Body and Mind

September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013

Katharine Zambon

Sept. 19 at AAAS: Neuroenhancement: Building an Improved Human Body and Mind

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Dana Foundation will host a discussion on “Neuroenhancement: Building an Improved Body and Mind” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the AAAS Auditorium, 12th and H Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C.

Human enhancement is the notion that science and technology can be used to restore or expand cognitive and physical human capacities. It has received considerable public attention in recent years with the return of injured soldiers and the demand for prosthetic devices, and with controversies surrounding the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports. The opportunities created by scientific advancements are accompanied by ethical and policy challenges that demand a broader public conversation. Speakers will discuss a diverse set of enhancements for mind and body, examining the science of what can be done, what might be done in the near and far future, and what should be done. The speakers are:

- Daofen Chen, program director in systems and cognitive neuroscience at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He previously had been on the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center, where much of his research dealt with the cortical and spinal mechanisms of motor control and neural circuit plasticity. 

- Ramez Naam, a computer scientist and author of "More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement." He spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams working on email, Web browsing, Internet search, and artificial intelligence.

- Joseph J. Pancrazio, founding chair of the department of bioengineering at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. His research interests include neural interface technologies, biosensors and neuropharmacological assays.

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