Public sessions at Neuroscience 2015 highlight the intersection of science and society. These sessions are free and open to the public for those with valid ID. All public events will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Location: Hall B1
Neuroscience is a hot topic with lawyers and judges, as recent advances in our understanding of the brain have raised important and unexpected implications for the development and application of legal principles. These implications, however, can sometimes be overstated, which presents a potential for abuse and warrants caution. Hear Senior U. S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation Project on Law and Neuroscience, explore the legal and ethical questions raised as neuroscience enters the courtroom and affects the judicial system.
Panelists: Chris Borland; Cindy Parlow Cone; Dan Gould, PhD; Anne McKee, MD
Repeated concussions and other sports-related brain injuries have been thrust into the center of public attention recently. This forum will look at several aspects of this issue and ask how, or even if, society can reconcile its insatiable appetite for these kinds of activities with the duty owed to those who risk being harmed by them.
Location: Hall B1
Despite many challenges, the last decade has seen tremendous progress in neuroscience. To support continued progress, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has taken a lead role in implementing the President's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The NIH Director will discuss how his agency, working with the neuroscience community, is catalyzing development of technologies to provide dynamic pictures of the brain, both in disease and in health. He will also examine challenges that cut across biomedical disciplines, and reflect upon opportunities for neuroscientists to face such challenges and generate tomorrow's advances.