Neuroethics Studies Program

At the Intersection of Neuroscience, Medicine, and Society…

“The study of the causes of things must be 
preceded by the study of things caused” 
Hughlings Jackson, 1875

The past 10 years have borne witness to an accelerated pace of neuroscientific advancement, due in part to both 1) expansion within its constituent disciplines, and 2) the conjoinment of new disciplines, within both the sciences and humanities. At present, neuroscience is being increasingly employed to explore the basis of consciousness, cognition, emotion and behavior, and its techniques, technologies and knowledge are rapidly being translated into medical and social contexts to diagnose and treat neurological and psychiatric conditions, and to examine – and affect – decision-making, values, norms, mores, relationships, and the human condition at-large.

While neuroscience provides viable tools and information that can be applied – and of obvious benefit – to medicine, daily life and public health, public awareness of neuroscientific progress has also fostered more widespread anticipation, concern and anxiety about the ethical issues that such advances might incur. To be sure, numerous challenges lie at the intersection of neuroscience and society, and the field of neuroethics is dedicated to studies and applications of both 1) the neurological mechanisms of human ecology, morality and ethics, and 2) the ethical and social issues arising in and from neuroscientific research and its uses.

The Neuroethics Studies Program

It is in this light that the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics serves as a resource and nexus for addressing the issues, questions, problems and resolutions fostered by applications of neuroscience in medicine, and public life and health upon the global stage.

Neuroethics Studies Program Brochure
International Cooperation
Current and Prior Visiting Scholars and Students
Opportunities for Visiting Scholars and Researchers
Current Ongoing Projects
Recent Publications
Recent Lectures and Presentations



Toward these ends, the Neuroethics Studies Program is dedicated to:

  1. Defining the pace and extent of neuroscientific developments, through assessment of actual capabilities, limitations and potential de-limitations of current – and near future – techniques and tools in research and various clinical and societal applications;
  2. Identifying, explicating and addressing those ethical problems arising from the use of neuroscientific approaches in medicine to study, affect, and in some cases alter the human condition, human predicament and/or human being;
  3. Evaluating and improving existing ethical systems, and developing ethical approaches to analyze, guide and govern the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in medicine in an ever more pluralist world-culture;
  4. Providing neuroethics education and training to students and professionals in medicine, the sciences, humanities and liberal studies, and affording outreach to the general public and the media;
  5. Creating a resource and forum for scholarship and dialectical evaluation of neuroethical issues, questions and possible resolutions, through collaboration with visiting scholars, faculty and other institutions.


International Cooperation

The Neuroethics Studies Program cooperates with the Human Science Center (Humanwissenschaftliches Zentrum; HWZ) of the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU), Munich Germany. LMU is renowned as a Center of Academic Excellence in Germany that is dedicated to state-of-the-art neuroscientific research and treatment, and maintains a strong inter-disciplinary focus upon ethics and biomedical humanities. Thus, HWZ/LMU stands well-poised for multi-center interaction with other German Universities and academic research and technology centers worldwide. This establishes the Neuroethics Studies Program as part of a larger network of scholarship, and provides opportunities to engage specific programs with cohort institutions.



James Giordano, PhD, MPhil
Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, and Scholar-in-Residence, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics
Professor, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA 
Clark Fellow in Neurosciences and Ethics; Human Science Center, 
Ludwig-Maximilians’ Universität, Munich, Germany
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Celeste Chen; Graduate Research Associate
-"International neurotechnology research and development, strategic latency effects on global public health, and international relations, and international neuropolicy formulation and influence"

Alicia Juarrero, PhD, Affiliated Scholar
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Katherine Shats, BS, LLB, LLM; Researcher
- "Brain science in global health, and global health law and policy"

Rachel Wurzman, PhD; Researcher
- "Neurobiology of - and neuroethical issues in diagnosing and treating - neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders"; 
"Neuroscience fiction and neuroethical obligations in the representation of brain science"


Current Visiting Scholars and Students

Faisal Akram, MB, BS
"Constructing a New Paradigm in Preventive Psychiatry: Role of RDoC, Neuroimaging Data Repositories and Neuroethics"

Christelle Khadra, RN, MSc, PhD(c)
"Development of a contemporary neuroethical model for pediatric pain research through the lens of neurophilosophy" ; PhD(c) at University of Montreal: "Effect of virtual reality on pain and anxiety in young children with burn injuries"

Douglas McAdams, MD
"Neuroethics: definitions and applications in clinical neurology"

Nina Zeldes, PhD(c)
"Between Biomedicines – Negotiating Expectations and Cultural Beliefs on Healthcare among German, Japanese and Indian Expatriates in the USA"

Prior Visiting Scholars and Students


2015 Visiting Scholar
Yasmeen Alhasawi, PhD(c)
"Changing constructs of potentiality and identity in deaf individuals influenced by progressive developments in hearing-enabling neurotechnology"

2014 Visiting Scholar
Christian Carrozzo, MA
"Developments in neuroscience and ontologic values in neuroethics"

2014 Visiting Scholar
Koji Tachibana, PhD
“Neuroethical issues in use of decision-neurofeedback (Dec-NeF) as an approach to bioenhancement of moral cognition and action”

2014 Visiting Scholar
Samuel Velasquez, PhD(c)
“Philosophical and phenomenological perspectives of deep brain stimulation”

2014 Visiting Scholar
Lucy Botero, MD
“From the philosophy of medicine to a practical, clinical neuroethics”

2014 Visiting Scholar
Timothy Brindley, JD
"Neuroscientific and neurotechnologic international intellectual property rights and bioeconomic power"
2014 Visiting Scholar
Christine Fitzpatrick, MA
"Neuroscience, neurotechnology and neuroethics: Changing concepts and conceptualizations of finitude"

2014 Visiting Scholar
David Friedman, JD
"Neuroscientific and neurologic data pre- and post-mortem: Neuroethics, rights, and wrongs.

2014 Visiting Scholar
Joshua Harris, MA
“The Brain~mind in literature and culture: Historical, philosophical and ethical meanings and constructs for 21st Century society.”

2014 Visiting Scholar
Lucia Galvagni, PhD
"Ideals, identities and narratives in neuroethical discourses of enhancement"

2014 Visiting Scholar
Karen Herrera Ferrá, MD
“Neuroprevention? Defining neuroethical issues in the use of neurotechnology to mitigate recurrent violent crime in youths.”

2014 Visiting Scholar
Elisabetta Lanzilao, MA
"Cosmopolitan-communitarian perspectives, orientations and models in neuroethics"

2014 Visiting Scholar
Braden O’Shaughnessy
"Neurotechnology and neuroethical issues in chronic pain management"

2014 Visiting Scholar
Monika Schnabel
"Defining the opportunity and problem domains of deep brain stimulation research and practice: A qualitative and quantitative modeling approach to neuroethical analysis" 

2013 Visiting Scholar 
P. Justin Rossi
"Technical, economic and policy issues in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Tourette’s Syndrome - neuroethical concerns and apporaches"

2013 Visiting Scholar 
Hannah Joharchi, PhD (c)
"Neurotechnology, neurodiversity and ontology within the Deaf community - a neuroethical perspective"

2013 Visiting Scholar 
Anthony Schiavo
"Light sensitive polymer nanoparticles - technical and ethical considerations for responsible use in neuroscience"

2013 Visiting Scholar 
Anvita Kulkarni
"Greater than its sum: Scientific convergence in neuroscience and its applications in predictive analysis for national security"

2013 Scholar
Danielle DeBacker, MA
“Indwelling brain stimulation: clinical, and ethico-legal issues and advancements”

2008 Visiting Scholar
Colin Higgins
“The serotonin 5-HT3 receptor: Structure, functions and neuroethical implications for pharmacotherapeutics”

2008 Visiting Scholar
Brian Wermcrantz
“Systems’ complexity in brain and emergent properties of mind: Merleau-Ponty redux”

2008 Visiting Scholar
Jolie Hoppe
“Use of propranolol and novel beta-blockers to mitigate PTSD in military personnel”

2008 Visiting Scholar
Liana Stec
“Involuntary psychiatric commitment: Ethical, legal and practical considerations”

2008 Visiting Scholar
Katie Lee
“Role of transcendence in bridging brain science and religion”

2008 Visiting Scholar
Roland Benedikter, PhD, DPhil
“Toward a neuroethics of meaning: Society and cultural implications of brain science”

2008 Visiting Scholar
Lindsay Moore
“Contemporary neuroscience: Informing educational policy and guidelines”

2008 Visiting Scholar
Adam James
“Manipulating memories: Treatment, enhancement and the ethics of existential loss and gain”

2007 Visiting Scholar
Anne Benvenuti, Ph.D.
“Toward an integration of the neural and the phenomenal in transcendent experiences”

2007 Visiting Scholar
Jill Kaspar
“Assessment of the objective and subjective dimensions of chronic pain: A mixed methods’ empirical, and philosophical study”

2007 Visiting Scholar
Josh Lindgren
“Pain, suffering and a Heideggerian notion of the person as event: Implications for the moral obligations of neurology and psychiatry”

2007 Visiting Scholar
Katia Braga, MA
“Comparative analysis of the history and philosophical basis of medical ethics in Brazil and the United States”

2006 Visiting Scholar
Richard Cox, Ph.D., M.D, D.Min.
“Toward a consilience of neuroscience and education”

2006 Visiting Scholar
Hans Werner Ingensiep, Ph.D., D.Phil.
“The concept of the ‘human vegetable’ and its implications for medical philosophy, ethics and practice”

2006 Visiting Scholar
Joan Engebretson, Dr.PH
“Philosophical premises and ethical dimensions of cultural negotiation in the clinical encounter.”

2006 Visiting Scholar
Laura Specker
“The neurocentric basis for categorical determination(s) of death: implications for neuroethics”

2006 Visiting Scholar
Joshua Sussman-Goldberg
“Self and identity: neural foundations of biological and psychological models”

2006 Visiting Scholar
Sheila Lee
“The basis of diagnosis in pain medicine and psychiatry: problems and potential”

2006 Visiting Scholar 
Peter Moskovitz, MD
“Toward a neurobiological theory of suffering”


Opportunities for Visiting Scholars and Researchers

Progress at the intersection of neuroscience and ethics can only occur through a process of intellectual discourse and dialectic. Toward this end, we encourage and welcome collaboration of colleagues from a variety of scientific and humanities disciplines. Opportunities exist for a limited number of researchers at all career levels (upper-undergraduate, graduate, and medical and law students, post-doctoral fellows, junior, mid-level and senior faculty and/or clinicians) to become visiting scholars and fellows to undertake independent, mentored study on topics that are aligned and synergistic with our ongoing areas of interest. Visiting Scholar positions are available at the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Support/salary is not provided for scholars and fellows, and nominal fees are required to support administrative requirements. Prospective applicants are encouraged to develop and provide their own support (via salary, stipends, grants and/or other awards), and we welcome inquiries so as to assist potential applicants in developing such support from various funding resources.

Inquiries regarding opportunities for study as a visiting fellow or scholar should be directed to: Prof. James Giordano,

Inquiries should include a brief description of research interests and/or intended studies, proposed period and duration of stay. Please indicate "visiting study inquiry" in the subject line.


Current Ongoing Projects
  • Examining and defining the role of neural substrates in moral decision-making.
  • The neuroethics of pain research and care.
  • The ethics of using of neuroscientific techniques and technologies to affect cognition, emotion and behavior; including the use of deep brain stimulation in various disease states, and to modify personality.
  • Addressing the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology as treatments, enablements, and/or enhancements, and to define normality and ontological status.
  • The neuroethics of basic, translational and clinical research, inclusive of issues such as the limits of knowledge, intellectual honesty, informed consent, and the use of neurocentric criteria to compel and sustain moral regard and treatment.
  • Use and misuses of neuroscience in international health and to affect global biopower and biopolitics.
  • The viability, validity and value of neuroscience and its technologies to define and change the human being, and the ethico-legal and social issues arising from such potential definition and change.
  • Development of a comprehensive 10-year international bibliography in neuroethics (in collaboration with Martina Darragh, Bioethics Library, KIE)


Recent Publications

Giordano J. A preparatory neuroethical approach to assessing developments in neurotechnology. AMA J Ethics 17(1): 56-61 (2015).

Stein DJ, Giordano J. Global mental health and neuroethics. BMC Medicine 13(1); (2015)

Darragh M, Buniak L, Giordano J. A four part working bibliography of neuroethics: Part 2 - Neuroscientific studies of morality and ethics. Phil Ethics Humanities in Med  10 (1); (2015).

Giordano J, Lanzilao E, Shook JR, Benedikter R. Guidare la neuroscienza e lo sviluppo della persona nel XXI secolo: Una prospettiva naturalistica e cosmopolita per la neuroetica. L’Arco di Giano 80: 147-164 (2015).

Shook JR, Galvagni L, Giordano J. Cognitive enhancement kept within contexts: Neuroethics and informed public policy. Frontiers Sys Neurosci 8: 1-8 (2014).

Avram M, Giordano J. Neuroethics: Some things old, some things new, some things borrowed...and to do. AJOB-Neuroscience 5(4): 1-3(2014).

Brindley T, Giordano J. International standards for intellectual property protection of neuroscience and neurotechnology: Neuroethical, legal and social (NELS) considerations in light of globalization. Stanford J Law Sci Policy 7:33 (2014).

Buniak L, Darragh M, Giordano J. A four part working bibliography of neuroethics: Part 1: Overviews and reviews – defining and describing the field and its practices. Phil Ethics Humanities in Med 9 (9); (2014).

Avram, M, Hennig-Fast K, Bao Y, Pöppel E, Reiser M, Blautzik J, Giordano J, Gutyrchik E. Neural correlates of moral judgments in first- and third-person perspectives: implications for neuroethics and beyond. BMC Neurosci 15 (39): (2014).

Loveless S, Giordano J. Neuroethics, painience and neurocentric criteria for the moral treatment of animals. Cambridge Q Healthcare Ethics 23(2): 163-172 (2014).

Giordano J. Ethical use of diagnostic technology: Balancing what’s new and what’s necessary. Am Fam Phys 90(1): 44-45 (2014).

Giordano J. The human prospect(s) of neuroscience and neurotechnology: domains of influence and the necessity – and questions – of neuroethics. The Human Prospect 3(3): 2-19 (2014).

Rossi PJ, Okun MS, Giordano J. Translational imperatives in deep brain stimulation research: Addressing neuroethical issues of consequences and continuity of clinical care. AJOB-Neuroscience 5(1): 46-48 (2014).

Shook JR, Giordano J. A principled, cosmopolitan neuroethics: Considerations for international relevance. Phil Ethics Humanities in Med 9(1) (2014).

Giordano J, Kulkarni A, Farwell J. Deliver us from evil? The temptation, realities and neuroethico-legal issues of employing assessment neurotechnologies in public safety. Theoret Med Bioethics 35(1) (2014).

Giordano J. Respice finem: Historicity, heuristics and guidance of science and technology on the 21st century world stage. Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics and Policy. 4: E1-4 (2014).

Lanzilao E, Shook, J, Benedikter R, Giordano J. Advancing neuroscience on the 21st century world stage: The need for – and proposed structure of – an internationally relevant neuroethics. Ethics Biol Engineer Med 4(3): 211-229 (2013).

Fitzpatrick C, Giordano J. In saecula saeculorum? Bioscience, biotechnology and the construct of death. In; Tandy C. (ed.) Death and Anti-death; Vol 11: Ten Years After Donald Davidson. MO: Ria Press, (2013).

Fitz N, Giordano J. Analytic cognition. In: Keith KD. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Cross-cultural Psychology. NY: Wiley, (2013) p 355-370.

Giordano J, Rossi PJ, Benedikter R. Addressing the quantitative and qualitative: A view to complementarity – from the synaptic to the social. Open J Phil 3(4): 1-5(2013).

Rossi PJ, Novotny P, Paulick P, Plischke H, Kohls, NB, Giordano J. Decision technologies: Engineering capabilities and neuroethical considerations. J Ethics Biol Engineer Med. 6(4): (2013).

Brindley T, Giordano J. Neuroimaging - correlation, validity, value and admissibility: Daubert – and reliability – revisited. AJOB- Neuroscience 5(2): 48-50 (2014).

Howlader D, Giordano J. Advanced robotics: Changing the nature of war and thresholds and tolerance for conflict – implications for research and policy. J Phil Sci Law 13: 1-19 (2013).

Giordano J, Alam S. Ethical considerations in the globalization of medicine – An interview with Dr. James Giordano. BMC Medicine, 11: 69 (2013).

Anderson MA, Giordano J. Aequilibrium prudentis: On the necessity for ethics and policy studies in the scientific and technological education of medical professionals. BMC Med Education, 19(4): 279-283 (2013).

Jotterand F, Giordano J. Real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rtfMRI)-brain computer interfacing in the assessment and treatment of psychopathy: Potential and challenges. In: Claussen J (ed.) Springer Handbook of Neuroethics. NY ; Springer Verlag, (2013).

Giordano J. Pain and suffering: Körper and Leib, and the telos of pain care. Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychol 19(4): 279-283 (2013).

Giordano J. Neuroimaging in psychiatry: Approaching the puzzle as a piece of the bigger picture(s). AJOB-Neuroscience 3(4): 54-56 (2012).

Wurzman R, Giordano J. Differential susceptibility to plasticity: a 'missing link' between gene-culture co-evolution and neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders? BMC Medicine 10:37(2012).  

Giordano J. Public health: History, theory and modern practices and challenges. In: Anheier K, Juergensmeyer M. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Fairfield CA: SAGE. (2012) p. 1414-1419.

Giordano J, Benedikter R, Kohls NB. Neuroscience and the importance of a neurobioethics: A reflection upon Fritz Jahr. In: Muzur A, Sass H-M. (eds.) Fritz Jahr and the Foundations of Integrative Bioethics. Münster; Berlin: LIT Verlag. (2012).

Giordano J, Benedikter R, Flores, N. Neuroeconomics: An emerging field of theory and practice. Eur Bus Rev. 7: 45-47 (2012).

Benedikter R, Giordano J. Neurotechnology: New frontiers for European policy. Pan Euro Network Sci Tech.3: 204-207 (2012).

Giordano J. Unpacking neuroscience and neurotechnology - instructions not included: neuroethics required. Neuroethics 4(3); (2012).

Plischke H, Du Rousseau D, Giordano J. EEG-based neurofeedback: The promise of neurotechnology and need for neuroethically-informed guidelines and policies. J Ethics Biol Engineer Med 4(2): 7-18 (2012).

Giordano J, Benedikter R. An early - and necessary - flight of the Owl of Minerva: Neuroscience, neurotechnology, human socio-cultural boundaries, and the importance of neuroethics. J Evolution and Technol 22(1): 14-25 (2012).

Giordano J. Neurobioetica: Riflettere su domande filosofiche all'intersezione di neuroscienze e societa. In: Farisco M. Neuroetica: Direzione, domande e risposte. U. Milano Press, (2012)

Giordano J. Integrative convergence in neuroscience: trajectories, problems and the need for a progressive neurobioethics. In: Vaseashta A, Braman E, Sussman, P. (eds.) Technological Innovation in Sensing and Detecting Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Threats and Ecological Terrorism. (NATO Science for Peace and Security Series), NY: Springer, (2012).

Giordano J, Höver G. Conjoining interventional pain management and palliative care: Considerations for practice, ethics and policy. In: Van Norman G, Palmer S, Jackson S (eds.)Clinical Ethics in Anesthesiology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (2010).

Giordano J, Schatman ME. The ethics of pain management: A structural and functional approach. In: Manchikanti L (ed.) Interventional Approaches to Chronic Non-Spinal Pain. Paducah, KY, ASIPP Press; (2009).

Giordano J. Ethical obligations in infrared imaging research and practice. In: N. Diakedes, J. Bronzino  (eds.) Medical Infrared Imaging. Boca Raton: CRC Press; (2008)

Conwell T, Giordano J, Gulevich S. Functional infrared imaging of complex regional pain syndrome type I: Methodology, case studies, and clinical implications. In:  N. Diakedes, J. Bronzino (eds.) Medical Infrared Imaging. Boca Raton: CRC Press; (2008)


Invited Lectures and Presentations

10. January 2015. Neuromodulation: Toward neuroethically sound  risk analysis and management. Invited plenary: NEUROMODEC Conference, City College, CUNY, NY.

12. November 2014. Sentient systems, social regard, and the viability of neuroethics. Plenary, and session co-chair. American Association for Artificial Intelligence Conference, Washington, DC.

11. October 2014. Dementia, developments in neuroscience and neurotechnology, and the need for neuroethics. Keynote address: Fifth Annual Dementia Conference; Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Springs, MD.

9. October 2014. Technical and neuroethical challenges in pediatric pain control: Addressing harms of omission and commission. Plenary: Cleveland Clinic Annual Conference on Chronic Neurological Conditions. Cleveland, OH.

2. October 2014. Neuroethics: Addressing and guiding brain science in society. Sigma Xi Distinguished Miller Lecture, Alfred University, Alfred NY.

1. October 2014. Artificial Intelligence: On the need – and importance – of neuroethics.  Plenary, and conference co-chair: Machines, Minds and Meaning Symposium; Washington DC.

23. September 2014. Battlescape brain: Neuroscience and neurotechnology in national security, intelligence and defense. Envision Leadership Forum in National Security Studies, Pentagon City, VA.

16. September 2014. Neuroethics- Issues at the intersection of neuroscience, medicine and society. Tenth Annual Stiernotte Memorial Lecture; Quinnipiac University Medical School and College of Arts and Sciences, CT.

11. August 2014. Placebo responses: From neurobiology to neuroethics’ considerations in clinical practice. Invited lecture: Mind-body Studies Special Interest Group; National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

7. August 2014. Neuroscience in the  globalized public sphere: The need for neuroethics in policy. Invited lecture: O’Neill Institute for National Global Health Law, Washington, DC. Plenary lecture: Envision Leadership Forum in Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

19. July 2014. Neuroscience and neuroethics: Navigating brain research and its application’s in society. Plenary: Envision Leadership Summit in Healthcare and Society. Columbia University, NY.

2. July 2014. Brave new brain sciences: Neurotechnology and the need for neuroethics. Plenary lecture. Envision Leadership Summit in Science and Technology. University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

28. June 2014. Neuroethics: Issues and resolutions at the intersection of brain science and society. Plenary lecture: Envision Leadership Forum in Medicine and Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

20. June 2014. From the heuristics of neuroscience to a pragmatic animal neuroethics. Invited lecture and session chair: International Neuroethics Network Conference, Paris, France.

12. June 2014. Neuroethical issues in pediatric pain care. Plenary lecture. Pain Master Class, Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

26. May 2014. Human-machine interfaces (HMU): Mit Bio-engineering gegen das “schwache Glied” in der Hochleistungsluftfahrt angehen. Plenary Lecture: Raum- und Luftfahrtstechnik Abteilung; Technisches Universität-Braunschweig, GER.

20. May 2014. The brain as the new battlescape: Neuroscience and neurotechnology in national security, intelligence and defense applications. Invited briefing: Joint Staff, US Department of Defense, Washington, DC, USA.

23. April 2014. Scanning brains and reading minds? On the potential (benefits, burdens and harms) of neurotechnology – and the importance of neuroethics. Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture, Quinnipiac University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Quinnipiac, CT.

14. March 2014. Neurotechnology in public safety: Protecting our homes and nations. Plenary Lecture, Brain Matters Conference, Vancouver, CAN.

6. March 2014. DBS: The translational paradox, and neuroethical grounding of policy and regulation. Plenary Lecture, International Think Tank on Deep Brain Stimulation. University of Florida Medical School, Gainsville, FL.

19. December 2013. Bio-engineering, neurotechnology and the importance of neuroethics. Plenary lecture: Division of Mechatronics, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, GER.

17. December 2013. Neuroethics – Navigating the good, the needed and the nasty of neuroscience in society. Public Plenary Lecture: Coburg University of Applied Arts and Sciences, Coburg, GER.

17. December 2013. Neurotechnologies for health promotion: Benefits, burdens and the need for neuroethics.  Department of Integrative Health Promotions. Coburg University of Applied Arts and Sciences, Coburg, GER. 

15. November 2013. Imaging pain: Technical capabilities; neuroethical issues. Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture, A.T Still University of Health Sciences, Kirksville, MO.

14. November 2013. BRAIN: A “feet on the ground” view of global initiatives in neurotechnology. Plenary: Strategic Multilevel Assessment Group 8th Annual Conference on Strategic Initiatives. US Joint Base Andrews, MD.

25. October 2013. Brave new BRAIN: National agendas in neuroscience and the need for neuroethics. Distinguished Lecture: “Discoveries” Public Lecture Series, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

18. October 2013. Neuroecology, neuroscience and neurotechnology in programs of international influence and violence deterrence.  Plenary, and Conference Co-chair. US Department of Health and Human Services’ Conference on Neuro-influence and Neuro-deterrence. Washington, DC

19. September 2013. Bioscience as demiurge: Homo-biotechnicus and technology revisited.  Plenary: National Academy of Sciences’ DC Arts and Sciences Evening Rendezvous, Washington, DC.

21. August 2013. Neuro-cyber technologic fusion, preparedness and neuroethics. Plenary: First Annual conference on Human-Cyber Fusion. L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC

6. August 2013. Brave new BRAIN: “Neuro-technology” redux and neuroethical responsibilities. Invited lecture: National Science Foundation Café Scientifique, Arlington, VA.

23. July 2013. Neuroweapons and neuroethics in national security and defense. Plenary: American Association for the Advancement of Science Neuroscience and Ethics conference; Washington, DC.

19. July 2013. Brave new brain? Neuroscience, neuroculture and neuroethics. National LeadAmerica Educational Program in Science, Technology and Medicine: Columbia University, NY.

14. July 2013. Neuroscience, society and the importance of neuroethics. Invited lecture: National LeadAmerica Educational Program in Science, Technology and Medicine; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

12. July 2013. Mind, machine and morality: Science, cyborgization and 21st century society. National LeadAmerica Educational Program in Science, Technology and Medicine: Columbia University, NY

11. July 2013. Brave new brain? Neuroscience, neuroculture and neuroethics. National LeadAmerica Educational Program in Science, Technology and Medicine: Columbia University, NY.

4. July 2013. Brain science, technology and the future of humanity. Progress, problems and neuroethical obligations. Plenary: National Youth Leadership forum, Washington, DC.

28. June 2013. Cyborgization and the cyborg society. Invited lecture: National LeadAmerica Educational Program in Science, Technology and Medicine; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

27. June 2013. Neuroscience, society and the importance of neuroethics. Invited lecture: National LeadAmerica Educational Program in Science, Technology and Medicine; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

24. June 2013. Neuroethics- at the intersection of science, society and morality. Plenary: National Youth Leadership forum, Washington, DC.

10. June 2013. Battlescape brain: Weaponizable neurotechnologies and the need for neuroethics. Plenary: US Naval War College, Newport, RI.

9. June 2013. Neurotechnology and neuroethical promise- and problems – in pediatric pain research and therapeutics. Plenary: Second International Conference on Opioids, Harvard University Medical School, Boston, MA.

5. June 2013. The neuroscience of pediatric pain, and the neuroethics of pediatric pain care. Invited lecture: Childrens’ Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota; Pain Master Class, Minneapolis, MN.

23. May 2013. Neurotechnology- treatment, enablement and enhancement: Neuroethical implications for the deaf community. Invited plenary: Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, GER.

10. May 2013. Brain Research – The good, the bad, the ugly – and need for neuroethics. Invited lecture: President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Washington, DC

7. May 2013. Frontier science and the responsible conduct of research: Implications for specialized populations. Plenary: Annual Symposium on  Research Ethics; Gallaudet University, Washington, Dc.

3. May 2013. Neuroscience, neurotechnology and the neurophilosophy and neuroethics of the human person. Invited lecture: Krok Foundation Conference on Science, Persons and Morality. University of Notre Dame, IN.

29. April 2013. Dual use issues in neuroscience and the role of neuroethics education, training and practices. Invited lecture: Science, Security and Policy Studies Group, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, DC.

26. April 2013. Neuroscience: trajectories, valences and the need for neuroethics. Plenary; North Dakota Academy of Sciences, Grand Forks, ND.

13. April 2013. Neuroethics: Two traditions and the viability of a naturalistic meta-ethics. Invited lecture: “The Human Prospect Conference”, Columbia University, NY.

2. April 2013. A right and good healing: Philosophical and ethical bases of an integrative medicine. Plenary: Medical Humanities Program, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

1. April 2013. Predictive neuroscience: Possibilities and challenges – and the importance of neuroethics. Invited lecture: John McGovern Center for Health, Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, TX.

1. April 2013. Systems neuroscience, integrative convergence and pragmatic neuroethics. Invited lecture: Systems and Complexity Studies Program, Dept of Graduate Nursing, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston. Houston, TX.

29. March 2013. Neuroethics- Issues at the intersection of mind, machines and morality. Invited Keynote: Shenandoah Biotechnology Symposium, Harrisonburg, VA.

8. March 2013. Predictive neurtotechnology and the prevention of social violence: Minority Report, and real-world neuroethics. Radio Interview: Dr. Keith Maguire, USA Syndicated News Radio

1. March 2013. Medicine and global health: Issues and ethics. Invited international podcast: BioMed Central Online:

28. February 2013. Ethical considerations in the globalization of medicine. Invited podcast: BioMed Central Online – BMC Medicine.

9. February 2013. Predictive neurotechnologies: Facts, fictions and fears of scanning brains and reading minds. Invited lecture; National Capital Association of Skeptics- National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

29. January 2013. Battlescape Brain: Neuroweapons and the neuroethics of national security and defense. Plenary: American Association for the Advancement of Science: Policy and Analysis Directorate; Washington, DC.

25. January 2013. Neuroscience The good, the bad, the ugly - and the need for neuroethics. Invited Keynote: McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

21. December 2012. Neuroscience, neurotechnology and the enablement of moral decision-making.Invited Lecture: Parmenides Stiftung, Pullach, Germany.

20. December 2012. Integrative biotechnology and brain-machine interactions: Bioengineering the weak-link out of high performance aircraft flight: Practical and ethical considerations. Invited Plenary: Luftfahrtssystems Abteilung, Div. BioFabrik u. Technik, Technisches Universität-München, Munich, Germany

3. December 2012. Frontier science, forward-looking ethics – beyond the precautionary principle. IGERT Program Plenary, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM