Neuroethics

News and analysis on the implications of brain science

Biotech Companies Get Permission to Test Brain Death Reversal

by Jon Fingas

Engadget | May 4, 2016

The trial is a long shot, but it raises the hope of reviving people once thought lost.

Pondering ‘What It Means to Be Human’ on the Frontier of Gene Editing

by Joel Achenbach

The Washington Post | May 3, 2016

As excitement grows for the new gene-editing technology, CRISPR, we’re confronted with the question: “How far should we go in editing the human genome?”

Call for Abstracts for the 2016 International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

International Neuroethics Society | March 27, 2016

Present your research to colleagues from around the world at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society in San Diego, CA, November 10-11, 2016. The Society encourages investigators at all stages of their careers to submit abstracts of both an empirical and philosophical nature related to the field of neuroethics. Acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. All oral and poster presentations will take place on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Should Parents of Children With Severe Disabilities Be Allowed to Stop Their Growth?

by Genevieve Field

The New York Times Magazine | March 22, 2016

Caring for people with severe mental and physical limitations becomes vastly harder as they get older. Some parents believe medically stunting them is the answer—but is it ethical?

The Brain Gets Its Day in Court

by Greg Miller

The Atlantic | March 1, 2016

A new study found that the number of judicial opinions referencing neuroscience as evidence more than doubled between 2005 and 2012.

‘Neuromarketing’ claims to make us shop but is it a decent thing to do?

by James Garvey

The Independent | January 26, 2016

By bypassing the brain’s processors and dealing directly with the subconscious, ‘Neuromarketing’ could be prodding us into new purchases. In a new book, James Garvey questions the practitioners’ ethics.

Robert Spitzer, Psychiatrist Who Set Rigorous Standards for Diagnosis, Dies at 83

by Benedict Carey

The New York Times | December 26, 2015

“Bob Spitzer was by far the most influential psychiatrist of his time,” Dr. Allen J. Frances, a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Duke University and editor of a later edition of the manual, said in an email. “He saved the field and its millions of patients from a crisis of credibility, raising its scientific standards and rescuing it from the arbitrariness of warring and unsupported opinions.”

Science and the Law

The Royal Society | December 1, 2015

The first Neuroscience and the Law seminar, sponsored by the Dana Foundation, took place on November 24. Read a transcript of the lecture given by Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court, who discussed his relationship with science, and the role of science within the UK’s legal system.

Where to Draw the Line on Gene-Editing Technology

by Jonathan D. Moreno

Scientific American | November 30, 2015

New techniques that could make germline genetic engineering unprecedentedly easy are forcing policymakers to confront the ethical implications of moving forward.

The Struggle for Consciousness

by Moheb Costandi

Dana Foundation | November 9, 2015

Connection to community and family should be a patient’s right, whether that person is fully conscious or minimally conscious, argued researcher Joseph Fins at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

Failure to Replicate: Sound the Alarm

by John P.A. Ioannidis, M.D.

Cerebrum | November 2, 2015

The most comprehensive investigation ever done about the rate and predictors of reproducibility in social and cognitive sciences has found that regardless of the analytic method or criteria used, fewer than half of the original findings were successfully replicated.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

by Seimi Rurup

Dana Foundation Blog | October 27, 2015

Numerous questions need to be asked about the U.S. prison system's treatment of the mentally ill, said panelists at the International Neuroethics Society annual meeting.


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