Bioethics Commission to Hold Public Meeting to Continue Discussions about Neuroscience and Related Ethical Issues; Begin Discussions on Role of Deliberation and Bioethics Education

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November 3, 2014

Who: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

What: Public Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M.T.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 9 a.m. – noon M.T.

Where: Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, 215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Topics: Neuroscience and Related Ethical Issues; Deliberation and Bioethics Education

Speakers, Nov. 5: Serena Viswanathan, J.D., U.S. Federal Trade Commission; Margaret Eaton, Pharm.D., J.D., Formerly of Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics.

Speakers, Nov. 6Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., National Institutes of Health; Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D., LL.D. (Hon.), World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights; Daniel Levin, Ph.D., University of Utah; Diana E. Hess, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison and Spencer Foundation; Lisa Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., Harvard Medical School.                 

Details: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) will meet November 5-6, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

On Nov. 5 the Bioethics Commission will discuss potential recommendations on the ethical implications of neuroscience research and the application of neuroscience research findings, as part of the federal government’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative – a topic it is reviewing at the request of President Obama. Specifically, the Bioethics Commission will consider the ethical and societal implications of neuroscience research and its applications more broadly.

On Nov. 6 the Bioethics Commission will begin discussions about the role of deliberation and bioethics education, including a panel that will examine a case study of ethical issues raised in a public health emergency. 

This meeting is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis and will also be webcast live on In addition, the Bioethics Commission will post ongoing coverage to  

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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