Neuroscience and society in the 21st century: Neuroethics Down-Under 2014

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Neuroscience and society in the 21st century: Neuroethics Down-Under 2014

10-11th December 2014

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

$110 ($55 students); public event, day 1: free

Advances in neuroscience are transforming our understanding of human cognition and behaviour, changing how we treat people with behavioural or psychiatric disorders, and challenging society’s views of moral responsibility.

This symposium is an opportunity for neuroscientists, legal and healthcare practitioners, policy makers, ethicists, philosophers, and other stakeholders to determine how neuroscience should change current practices.

Numbers are strictly limited to ensure in-depth discussion and direct engagement with speakers.



Public Lecture

Professor Julian Savulescu, speaking on “Manipulating Morality: Using pills, drugs and brain stimulation to solve social challenges in the 21st century”.

Hosted by and in conversation with Scott Stephens (ABC Online, Religion and Ethics Editor) and broadcast on ABC RN Big Ideas.

When: 6pm for 6:30pm start, finishing 8pm



Session 1: Decision-making and the Brain

Murat Yucel (Monash University): A neuroscience perspective on decision-making and self-control

Antonio Verdejo-Garcia (Monash University): Cognitive self-awareness in stimulant addiction

Carsten Murawski (University of Melbourne): From decision neuroscience to public policy


Session 2: Intervening in the Brain

Paul Fitzgerald (Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre): The clinical and ethical impact of the expanding use of non-invasive brain stimulation

Frederic Gilbert (University of Tasmania): Deep Brain Stimulation and Postoperative feelings of Self-Estrangement

Brad Partridge (University of Queensland): Ethical issues in the use of computerized neuropsychological tests for concussion management in sport

Wayne Hall (University of Queensland): What do the neuroscience and genetics of nicotine dependence have to contribute to the future of Tobacco Control in Australia?


Session 3: Keynote

Nick Haslam (University of Melbourne): Misery in the brain: The mixed blessings of neuroscientific understandings of mental illness


Session 4: Neuroscience and the Law

Chris Ryan (Consultant Psychiatrist; Values Ethics and Law in Medicine, UNSW): How are we to assess the ability to use and weigh?

Sascha Callaghan (Values Ethics and Law in Medicine, UNSW): “Scientism” and legal agency: Is neuroscience harming people with disabilities?

Jeanette Kennett and Allan McCay (Macquarie University): Neuroscience in the Courtroom: From Theory to Practice


Session 5: Neuroscience and the Self

Cynthia Forlini (University of Queensland): Is there a moral responsibility to delay cognitive ageing and what does it entail?

Cordelia Fine (University of Melbourne): The myth of the Lehman Sisters? Sex, testosterone and financial risk-taking

Adrian Carter (Monash University): Authenticity and autonomy in drug-induced compulsions


When: 8:30am-5:30pm (registration open from 8am)

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


The Neuroethics Down Under 2014 program is now available.


To register: Registrations can be made via ecart; Monash staff and students wishing to register and pay via cost centre and fund code, please email (registration deadline extended to Friday 5 December)

For more information, please email or follow us on Twitter: @NeuroethicsAU

Neuroethics Down-Under 2014 follows the Australian Society for Cognitive Science conference 8-10th December, Monash University.

Neuroscience and society in the 21st century: Neuroethics Down-Under 2014 is an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, Neuroethics Australia and The Brain Dialogue, in partnership with Monash University and Club Melbourne.

Supported by:

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