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

Media Advisory

August 18, 2014

Who: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

What: Public Meeting

When: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Topics: Neuroscience and Related Ethical Issues

Speakers: Peter Reiner, V.M.D., Ph.D., University of British Columbia; Rear Admiral Peter J. Delany, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Adrian Raine, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Nick Bostrom, Ph.D., University of Oxford; John Reppas, M.D., Ph.D., Neurotechnology Industry Organization; Carlos Peña, Ph.D., M.S., U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Freddie Ann Hoffman, M.D., formerly of U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Deven McGraw, J.D., M.P.H., LL.M., Healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Steven L. Small, Ph.D., M.D., University of California, Irvine; Paul J. Ford, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University; Helen Mayberg, M.D., Emory University School of Medicine; Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., Columbia University.       

Details: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) will meet August 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

At this public meeting the Bioethics Commission will continue to focus on President Obama’s request that the 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. The agenda, posted on, includes sessions on:

  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Direct-to-consumer neurotechnology
  • Clinical innovation through neuroscience research
  • Capacity to consent to research

This meeting is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. The meeting will be webcast live at In addition, the Bioethics Commission will post session by session coverage on  

The Bioethics Commission seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure that scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted 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.

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