The blog of the 2009 – 2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Live From Philadelphia, P.A.

Welcome to the live blog for the fourteenth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is concluding its two day meeting in Philadelphia, P.A. today, August 20th, from 9am to 1pm EDT.

Today, the Bioethics Commission will turn its attention to neuroscience and related ethical issues. As part of the new BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative announced in April, President Obama has asked the Bioethics Commission to play a critical role in ensuring that neuroscientific investigational methods, technologies, and protocols are consistent with sound ethical principles and practices.

The Bioethics Commission looks forward to considering the ethical issues surrounding neuroscience as it works to build rigorous ethical frameworks in anticipation of potential issues that could arise as the BRAIN Initiative moves forward. The Bioethics Commission will bring together the ethicists and scientists to hear a variety of perspectives on this emerging field. Previous meetings, which touch on neuroscience and related ethical issues, have left the Bioethics Commission well positioned to consider these issues. A summary of past Bioethics Commission work on neuroscience and related ethical issues can be found here.

You can follow the proceedings of the Bioethics Commission’s meeting here at this blog, or on the live webcast at the Bioethics Commission’s website. All transcripts and webcasts will be archived and available following the meeting.

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This is a space for the members and staff of the 2009 -2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to communicate with the public about the work of the commission and to discuss important issues in bioethics.

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