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Dana Discovery Dialogues: When Brains and Computers Connect

February 22, 2024

The sixth and final event of the Dana Discovery Dialogues was held on March 27 from 3-4pm ET.

March’s topic focused on brain-computer interfaces. Brain-computer interfaces might be implanted or external and can read signals, translate them, or both. They offer real promise in treating and diagnosing neurological disorders or in converting thought to speech. But they also have raised ethical concerns, and so can be a contentious topic. As these intriguing interfaces enter clinical testing, how should the public think about brain interfaces? Our expert panel provides an insightful overview about this growing field.


  • Jennifer French, Neurotech Network
  • Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
  • Karen Rommelfanger, Ph.D., Institute of Neuroethics

Register here.

Produced in partnership by the Dana Foundation and Boston College of Communication, Dana Discovery Dialogues is hosted by Mariette DiChristina, dean of Boston University College of Communication, and Tyler Jones of SciCommers. This six-month, virtual series aims to unpack some of the most pressing and occasionally contentious topics in contemporary neuroscience. These discussions are curated to highlight how the latest research influences everything from our personal decisions to the broader challenges society faces. The series is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the Dana Discovery Dialogues, held monthly through March 2024.


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