Bioethics Commission to Hold Public Meeting to Continue Discussions about Neuroscience and Related Ethical Issues

Media Advisory

June 4, 2014

Who: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

What: Public Meeting

When: Monday, June 9, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, 1518 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30322

Topics: Neuroscience and Related Ethical Issues

Speakers:  William D. Graf, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine; David W. Wright, M.D., Emory University School of Medicine; Howard Feldman, M.D., F.R.C.P., University of British Columbia; Rebecca Dresser, J.D., Washington University, St. Louis; Giorgio A. Ascoli, Ph.D., George Mason University; Helen Nissenbaum, Ph.D., New York University; Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association; Sohini Chowdhury, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research; Gregory Simon, M.D., M.P.H., Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance; Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D., Illinois Institute of Technology; Joshua D. Greene, Ph.D., Harvard University; Alfred R. Mele, Ph.D., Florida State University; Herbert S. Lin, Ph.D., National Research Council of the National Academies; Robert McGinn, Ph.D., Stanford University.

Details: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will publicly meet February June 9-10, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga.

This meeting will focus on President Obama’s request that the Bioethics Commission examine the ethical implications of neuroscience research and the application of neuroscience research findings, as part of the federal government’s new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

This meeting is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. The meeting will be live-streamed and live-blogged on the Bioethics Commission website at

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure that scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted by the U.S. in a socially and ethically responsible manner. The Commission is an independent, deliberative panel of thoughtful experts that advises the President and the Administration, and, in so doing, educates the nation on bioethical issues. Read more on our website, follow us on Twitter @bioethicsgov, and watch our videos on YouTube.

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