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Brave and Bold New Brain Science
Free & Open to the Public!
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Advances in technology have enabled rapid progress in brain science. Brain imaging, neurostimulatory and prosthetic devices, as well as development of unique drugs have shown promise in treating brain diseases and injury. As well, these neurotechnologies can be used to deepen our understanding of consciousness, thought, emotions and behaviors, may influence concepts of mind and self, and may expand the capabilities of human-machine interactions, and boundaries of human performance. In these ways, neurotechnology has the potential to transform numerous aspects of society. Such realities – and near-future possibilities – also prompt ethical questions: Who shall receive such treatments and enhancements?  Are there limits? Who decides? And, of course, what about using these new tools for economic or even political purposes?

Instructor Bio:

In this lecture, renowned neuroscientist and neuroethicist
Dr. James Giordano explores the new toolkit of the brain sciences, and addresses neuroethical questions, issues and problems – and poses pathways to guide and govern the safe and sound development and use of cutting-edge brain science in society. Dr. James Giordano is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry; and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC.  Prof. Giordano is Senior Science Advisory Fellow to the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Pentagon, and serves as an appointed member of the both the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Human Research Protections, and the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  As well, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Technology and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany.  A neuroscientist with over 30 years’ experience in basic and translational research upon neural mechanisms of decision-making and neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders, his current work also focuses upon neuroethical and legal issues arising in and from the use of advanced neurotechnologies in medicine, public life, and national security and defense. He is the author of over 250 publications and 7 books in neuroscience and neuroethics, and is author or editor of 11 governmental whitepapers on bioscience, biotechnology and biosecurity.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
L15 Len Doran April 7 Fr 1:30-3:00 pm Unity of Charlottesville NA

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