International Perspectives on Integrating Ethical, Legal, and Social Considerations into the Development of Non-Invasive Neuromodulation Devices: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief


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Emerging neurotechnologies—devices and techniques designed to collect information about the brain or affect its function—are becoming increasingly important due to scientific and technological advances and a persistent need to develop effective therapies to address the large global burden of neurological and psychiatric disease. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)—in collaboration with Arizona State University and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—held a workshop in Washington, DC, on Neurotechnology and Society: Strengthening Responsible Innovation in Brain Science. As part of this overall workshop, the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders of the National Academies organized a session that used non-invasive neuromodulation as a case study to prompt further, concrete discussion about concerns and opportunities related to better integration of societal values, scientific advancement, and economic considerations during the development and use of novel neurotechnologies. The workshop rapporteurs have prepared this proceedings as a factual summation of the session discussions.