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Monthly Archives: June, 2014

What’s Next for the Bioethics Commission?

As part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative announced in April 2013, President Obama charged the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) to review the ethical issues associated with the conduct and implications of neuroscience research. Specifically the President asked the Bioethics Commission to “identify proactively a […]

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The Bioethics Commission Recommends Explicit Inclusion of Ethical Perspectives on Scientific Advisory and Review Bodies

It its latest report, Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society (Gray Matters, Vol. 1), the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) emphasizes the need to integrate science and ethics in neuroscience. This report is the first part of the Bioethics Commission’s response to President Obama’s charge to “identify […]

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New Incidental Findings Conversation Series for Patients, Research Participants, and Consumers

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has just released a set of educational materials on incidental findings that it developed for patients, research participants, and consumers. In early May, the Bioethics Commission released primers to guide clinicians, researchers, and direct-to-consumer (DTC) companies – health professionals who manage these types of […]

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Bioethics Commission Wraps up Meeting in Atlanta

In a roundtable discussion to conclude its Atlanta meeting, members of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) and the day’s invited speakers delved deeper into how to respond to President Obama’s charge to review the ethical issues associated with the conduct of neuroscience research and implications of its findings. Amy […]

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Considering How Neuroscience Could Influence Moral Decisions

Resuming its consideration of ethical issues generated by neuroscience research, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) turned its attention Tuesday morning to the potential implications of what advances in neuroscience might mean for ethics and moral decision-making. The session featured Joshua D. Greene, Ph.D., the John and Ruth Hazel Associate […]

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Live from Atlanta for Day 2

We’re back from Atlanta for day two of the seventeenth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is meeting in Atlanta today, June 10, 2014, from  9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. At this meeting, the Bioethics Commission will continue its review of the ethical issues associated with […]

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Roundtable Discussion: Seeking Guidance for Recommendations

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) continued its examination of the ethical issues associated with neuroscience research with an in-depth roundtable discussion involving both members and presenters. Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., Chair of the Bioethics Commission, asked “If there was one thing and only one thing that you think is ripe […]

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The Potential of Neuroscience Research

As the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) continues its examination of the ethical issues associated with neuroscience research and the application of neuroscience research findings, it heard from a panel of experts about what neuroscience research might mean for various affected communities. The diverse panel included representatives of those affected […]

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Considering Ethics of Neurological Research at All Stages of Life

As the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) continues examining ethical issues associated with neuroscience research and the application of research findings, the discussion in Atlanta turned to the difficult issues that arise in neurological research conducted at different stages of life. In his charge to the panel, President Obama noted […]

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Bioethics Commission Continues Discussion about Neuroscience and Ethics

Contemporary neuroscience has begun to make important breakthroughs, and given the complexity of the brain, scientists recognize we must better understand the brain in order to make desired progress. As researchers learn about the brain and its relation to the mind, fundamental questions arise about what makes us human. Accompanying ethical considerations must be addressed.

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