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 Implanting Change: The Ethics of Neural Prosthetics

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Date posted: 06/08/2007

Conference Dates: August 26 ? 28, 2007
Location: Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

This NIMH supported conference will provide an intensive dialogue among leading thinkers about the rapidly evolving ethical dilemmas related to neural implants. Recent years have seen considerable technical advances in neural implants?in particular, deep brain and cortical stimulators. Nevertheless, the ethical issues raised by this evolving technology have not yet been fully explored. What are the most pressing ethical issues for clinicians, researchers, and recipients of neural prosthetics? Are new human subjects protections required for neural prosthetics research? How should we weigh the risks and benefits for neural prosthetic therapies? Where does therapy end and enhancement begin? Are there enhancements which lie beyond the boundaries of medical care? What are the legal, ethical, economic and social implications of neural prosthetics? These issues will be explored by leading experts in the fields of neuroscience and ethics.

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