President Obama requests Bioethics Commission to play early role in BRAIN Initiative

July 9, 2013

As part of the new BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) announced in April, President Obama has asked the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to play a critical role in ensuring that neuroscientific investigational methods, technologies, and protocols are consistent with sound ethical principles and practices. 

Specifically the President has asked the Bioethics Commission to “identify proactively a set of core ethical standards – both to guide neuroscience research and to address some of the ethical dilemmas that may be raised by the application of neuroscience research findings.”

The Bioethics Commission will begin to discuss and deliberate these requests from the President at its public meeting on August 20, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa. 

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