Professor of Neurology, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics
The University of British Columbia
7th May 2009 5 – 7pm
Room NAB118 (1st Floor, New Academic Building, LSE)
Never has the potential for predicting behaviour and cognition in health and disease been closer at hand, nor have the ethical implications of such capabilities been more profound. Functional brain imaging techniques are at the heart of this potential, raising possibilities for predicting the future onset of neurologic disease in currently healthy people, opening new windows to the understanding of limited consciousness in brain-injured patients and, together with neurogenomics, yielding signatures of disorders of mental health, including bipolar disease, schizophrenia and addiction. Advances in neuroscience are thus raising the stakes on what it means to gaze into our personal well-being. However, are there some features about ourselves that we would rather not know? How shall we value new forms of brain data that are informative on the one hand, but that may present risks to privacy on the other? How are such concepts and possibilities viewed across societies, cultures and religions? This lecture will focus on such critical questions for our modern society and the “Neuroethics Challenge” of innovation in the brain and behavioural sciences.
All welcome, no ticket required. Seats allocated on a first-come, first served basis.
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