Neurotechnology and Society: Strengthening Responsible Innovation in Brain Science - A Workshop

When: September 15, 2016 - September 16, 2016 (9:00 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (120) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Biomedical and Health Research, Public Health, Quality and Patient Safety
Activity: Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Emerging neurotechnologies have the potential to enhance human lives, offering better health outcomes and higher quality of life through the prevention and treatment of mental illness and neurological disease. But the scientific advances that have given rise to these new technologies raise a host of ethical, legal, and social issues. There appears to be broad international agreement that integrating societal considerations into neuroscience research—including large-scale brain initiatives—is important. However, there is great diversity in how that is being approached and, to date, there have been only limited opportunities to learn from experiences and findings across initiatives and jurisdictions. On September 15 and 16, 2016, the OECD will host a workshop on Neurotechnology and Society: Strengthening Responsible Innovation in Brain Science, in collaboration with the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders and other organizations.

The workshop will include a session that uses the example of non-invasive neuromodulation to explore how ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) and responsible research and innovation (RRI) considerations are integrated into research, development, and regulation in different countries. This session will build on the Neuroscience Forum’s 2015 workshop on non-invasive neuromodulation of the nervous system.

Presentations and discussions in this session will address:
• What ELSA/ RRI issues are raised by current and envisioned future non-invasive neuromodulatory devices and their uses?
• In different countries, how are these issues currently considered in governmental research funding programs, regulation, and industrial research and development programs? How could these considerations be more fully integrated?

Space will be very limited, but the workshop will be available for viewing via WebEx; please contact Hermann Garden for details (hermann[dot]garden[atsign]OECD[dot]org).

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