Neuroethics

News and analysis on the implications of brain science

Minding the Brain Machines

by Philip M. Boffey

Dana Foundation | July 1, 2019

Advances in linking brain signals to computers are developing so rapidly that analyses of their ethical implications are straining to keep up. Our monthly Neuroethics column.

The Frontlines of the Opioids Crisis

by Philip M. Boffey

Brain in the News | June 10, 2019

The nation’s opioids epidemic is not just a medical crisis, it is an ethical problem as well, reports an expert committee appointed by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Comment Now on NIH Neuroethics Roadmap

NIH | May 1, 2019

The BRAIN 2.0 Neuroethics Subgroup has developed a Neuroethics Roadmap for the NIH BRAIN Initiative, reviewing priority areas identified in the BRAIN 2025 Strategic Plan, incorporating updates from the broader BRAIN 2.0 Working Group; and characterizing the neuroethical implications that may arise as BRAIN Initiative investments produce new tools and/or apply those tools to advancing the goals of the initiative. Now it's our turn: NIH is asking the public to read and send comments or questions. Deadline: May 20.

Cheap, portable scanners could transform brain imaging. But how will scientists deliver the data?

by Kelly Servick

Science | April 16, 2019

How should researchers share results with the far-flung populations they may soon be able to study? Could direct-to-consumer neuroimaging become an industry alongside personal genetic testing?

Philosophers and neuroscientists join forces to see whether science can solve the mystery of free will

by Bahar Gholipour

Science | March 21, 2019

A a new research program spanning 17 universities and backed by more than $7 million from two private foundations will bring neuroscientists and philosophers together to tackle two important questions: What does it take to have free will? And whatever that is, do we have it?

CRISPR Considerations

by Philip M. Boffey

dana.org | March 8, 2019

Without a strong global consensus on standards to govern gene-editing, another rogue scientist may be tempted to go astray. Neuroethics column from Brain in the News

Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition

by Ross Anderson

The Atlantic | March 1, 2019

What science can tell us about how other creatures experience the world.

Neuron: Special Issue on Neuroethics

Neuron | February 6, 2019

In this special issue, leaders from several international brain projects describe why and how they will integrate neuroethics into their projects.

To improve mental health treatments, scientists try to dissect the pieces that make them work

by Megan Thielking

STAT News | February 1, 2019

Many patients don’t respond to treatments. Many cycle through one treatment after another without any relief, hoping to eventually land on one that works. Others find treatments that work for them — but only for awhile. And scientists don’t fully know why that’s the case. A new research push is trying to figure it out.

Assisted Suicide Gains Momentum

by Philip M. Boffey

dana.org | January 17, 2019

The Oregon law, the template for many other states, takes a restrained and responsible approach.Neuroethics column for Brain in the News.

Neuroscience & Society Curriculum

December 20, 2018

The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Neuroscience & Society and the Franklin Institute have jointly developed a new high school curriculum on “Neuroscience and Society,” tested and refined it with practice at several schools in Philadelphia, and now offer it free to all. Their site includes multimedia resources and activities on a range of topics where neuroscience and society intersect.

Neuroethics for the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative

by Diana W. Bianchi, Judith A. Cooper, Joshua A. Gordon, Jill Heemskerk, Richard Hodes, George F. Koob, Walter J. Koroshetz, David Shurtleff, Paul A. Sieving, Nora D. Volkow, James D. Churchill and Khara M. Ramos

Journal of Neuroscience | December 12, 2018

As the NIH BRAIN Initiative continues to grow and increase our understanding of the human brain and how it functions, it should increasingly rely on a robust neuroethics infrastructure to identify and address neuroethical implications of the research it funds.


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