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Brain Organoids: What Can They Do and Not Do?

Organoids are lab-grown neuronally active brain-like structures. As these brain analogs become better models, they also become more and more similar to human brains

Who this is for:

Ethicists and Social Scientists
Science Communicators

On October 25, 2023, the Foundation, in partnership with Boston University College of Communication, launched its first virtual Dana Discovery Dialogue, exploring the bioethics and future of brain organoids, a complex brain model. Watch the recording to hear from experts spanning research, ethics, and the clinic, as they answer questions such as: What are brain organoids? How are they being used in neurological research for potential future treatments? What ethical concerns could arise as they become increasingly advanced and more similar to human brains?


  • Lomax Boyd, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • Annie Kathuria, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • Michael Stanley, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Mariette DiChristina (moderator), dean of Boston University’s College of Communications

Produced in partnership by the Dana Foundation and Boston College of Communication, Dana Discovery Dialogues is a six-month, virtual series that 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.

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

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