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Preparing for the social impact of brain research

04.01.2017

In a nutshell: A report on the OECD workshop ‘Neurotechnology and Society: Strengthening Responsible Innovation in Brain Science’, Washington, DC, 15- 16 September, 2016.

Preparing for the social impact of brain research

The Essentials

  • brain research and neurotechnology development are rapidly advancing, raising social, ethical and legal questions
  • representatives from international brain initiatives, ethicists, regulators, and brain-tech companies met in DC to discuss how to ensure society gets what it wants and needs from neurotech and brain research
  • strategies discussed included foresight exercises; science-with-society engagement programs; embedding ethicists within brain research projects; and making ethical consideration a condition of research funding
  • the goal is to shift the culture of brain research towards one that is more responsive to society’s needs, without damaging the quality of the research

How can neuroscience and society work together to maximise the benefits of new brain research? That was the question concerning delegates at a recent OECD meeting. Rachel Nowak of the ARC Centre for Integrative Brain Function at Monash University reports from the workshop in this opinion piece in The Australian (Paywall).


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