Pressing ethical issues are at the foreground of newfound knowledge of how the brain works, how the brain fails, and how information about its functions and failures are addressed, recorded and shared. In Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future, a distinguished group of contributors tackle current critical questions and anticipate the issues on the horizon.
What new balances should be struck between diagnosis and prediction, or invasive and non-invasive interventions, given the rapid advances in neuroscience? Are new criteria needed for the clinical definition of death for those eligible for organ donation? What educational, social and medical opportunities will new neuroscience discoveries bring to the children of tomorrow? As data from emerging technologies are made available on public databases, what frameworks will maximize benefits while
ensuring privacy of health information? How is the environment shaping humans, and humans shaping the environment? These challenging questions and other future-looking neuroethical concerns are discussed in depth.
Written by eminent scholars from diverse disciplines - neurology and neuroscience, ethics, law, public health, and philosophy - this new volume on neuroethics sets out the conditions for active consideration. It is essential reading for the fields of neuroethics, neurosciences and psychology, and an invaluable resource for physicians in neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry, paediatrics, and rehabilitation medicine, academics in humanities and law, and health policy makers.
Dr. Judy Illes is a pioneer and a global leader in the field of neuroethics. As a neuroscientist turned neuroscientist-neuroethicist, she has made groundbreaking contributions to ethical, social, and policy challenges at the intersection of biomedical ethics and neuroscience. Her seminal contributions to tackling challenges in neuroimaging, neurodevelopment and aging, addiction and mental health, regenerative medicine, cross-cultural studies, and the commercialization of health care, have had a transformative impact in the way that research is designed and executed, and results and new knowledge shared with the public and decision-makers. She is President of the International Neuroethics Society, a member of the Standing Committee on Ethics for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and internationally recognized author, collaborator, and mentor.
I. NEUROTECHNOLOGY: TODAY AND TOMORROW; II. NEUROETHICS AT THE FRONTLINE OF HEALTHCARE; III. SOCIAL, LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS: LESSONS OF THE PAST GUIDE POLICY FOR THE FUTURE; IV. EPILOGUE