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Commission Set to Focus on Integration of Ethics into Neuroscience Research

Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) continued its ongoing work to review ethical issues associated with neuroscience research. The Bioethics Commission is responding to President Obama’s request last summer to “identify proactively a set of core ethical standards — both to guide neuroscience research and to address some of the ethical dilemmas that may be raised by the application of neuroscience research findings.”

Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Bioethics Commission, opened the Commission’s 16th public meeting by saying that the Commission would continue addressing topics that it discussed at Meeting 14 and Meeting 15, and specifically make sure that very early on in the development of neuroscience we integrate ethics, accurate communication about neuroscience information to the public to increase that understanding, and also ethics integration into neuroscience research.” The impetus for the President’s charge is the launch of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Dr. Gutmann previously said that the Bioethics Commission’s recommendations will not only “inform the conduct of the BRAIN Initiative, but have a life that goes beyond the BRAIN Initiative.”

Today, Dr. Gutmann also noted that the Federal Register last week published the Bioethics Commission’s request for public comment in which the Commission asked for the public’s input on neuroscience and related ethical issues. She encouraged a wide range of stakeholders on these issues to submit comments. The public has until April 1, 2014, to submit these comments, which could help inform the Bioethics Commission’s response to the Obama Administration’s charge. In addition to having the opportunity to comment at today’s meeting, individuals, groups, and organizations also can submit comments by e-mail to info@bioethics.gov or by mail to this address:

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