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Neuroethics Division of the Multi-Council Working Group of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative

Brain Initiative, Stanford Neurosciences Institute
January 19, 2018 (All day)
Manning Faculty Lounge at Stanford Law School, room 270 in Crown Quadrangle

Seating will be quite limited.  Seats must be reserved and confirmed in advance. Please RSVP to clb@stanford.edu to request a seat. (We will provide the URL for the live stream as soon as it is known.)

On Friday, January 19, the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society will jointly host a (largely) public meeting of the Neuroethics Division of the Multi-Council Working Group of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative. The NIH is one of the main federal agencies pursuing the BRAIN (“Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies”) Initiative, announced by the Obama Administration in April 2013: https://www.braininitiative.nih.gov/.  The Multi-Council Working Group provides comments from outside the government to NIH about pursuing the Initiative. About two years ago, recognizing the importance of neuroethics to brain science, and the BRAIN Initiative, the Working Group and NIH created what is now the Neuroethics Division, to study and offer insight into neuroethics issues arising from the Initiative: https://www.braininitiative.nih.gov/about/neuroethics.htm. It is co-chaired by Dr. Christine Grady, Chief of the NIH Bioethics Department, and Professor Hank Greely of Stanford.

This Friday will be the fifth meeting of that Division. The meetings are generally open to the public and live streamed, though some parts may occur in a closed session. (Only a half hour is currently planned for closed session for this Friday.) The agenda for Friday’s meeting is attached. The morning will largely be presentations from scientists on new neurotechnologies and discussion of their possible ethical, legal, and social implications. The afternoon will feature broader discussions of neuroethics, including a possible paper by the Division on principles of neuroethics relevant to the Initiative.

The meeting will run from 8:30 to 5:00 in the Manning Faculty Lounge at Stanford Law School, room 270 in Crown Quadrangle. Seating will be quite limited.  Seats must be reserved and confirmed in advance. Please RSVP to clb@stanford.edu to request a seat. (We will provide the URL for the live stream as soon as it is known.)

Our knowledge of the human brain is on the vertical part of the learning curve. The brain is uniquely important to our societies, and our humanity, and increased knowledge of it will almost certainly have profound implications. We welcome you to listen to a discussion of some of those issues this Friday at Stanford.

Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences
Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society
National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative.
Contact Email: 
clb@law.stanford.edu