CHAIR GUTMANN: Good morning, everybody. I'm Amy Gutmann. I'm President of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of President Obama's Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
On behalf of myself and our wonderful Vice Chair, Jim Wagner, who is the President of Emory University, we welcome everybody to the second day of our 16th meeting deliberations.
Before we continue, let me recognize the presence of our Designated Federal Official, who is also Bioethics Commission Executive Director Lisa M. Lee.
DR. GUTMANN: We're going to get started, and we're going to have the hard stop at noon.
This is a time where we're going to spend an hour deliberating a potential first report in response to President Obama's charge. We will ultimately have a multi-part report, but because there is a part of our report that's about the timely integration of ethics into neuroscience, we thought that we should address that in a timely fashion.
DR. GUTMANN: So I’d like to start off with a question for each of our terrific speakers to answer. It's purposely requiring you to be selective and pick one important initiative or step that the Bioethics Commission can recommend for effectively integrating ethics into the practice of neuroscience. This is a recommendation we're almost certainly to make.
VICE CHAIR WAGNER: And once I get my glasses on, I can do my job. Who are we missing? We'll wait for Raju and Chris; they'll show up soon. So let me go ahead and do the introductions, anyway.
We're turning now in this section to the topic that was mentioned earlier, communications and neuroscience research by scientists and journalists. We've got quite a panel. I've had a chance to chat with several of them. And so we look forward to hearing from all of you.
CHAIR GUTMANN: May I please ask everybody, especially our presenters and Commission members, to take seats so we can reconvene?
VICE CHAIR WAGNER: Happy to do that. Thanks for that wrap‑up.
I will say I hope we figure out ways to move from an attitude of ethics obligation to ethics integration, and of course, that segues to our other working group, Applications and Implications Working Group.
Amy mentioned earlier that in the President's charge there was a specific quote that we should focus also on, and I quote, "the ethical dilemmas that may be raised by the applications of neuroscience research findings."
Anita, do you want to fill us in where that group is?
CHAIR GUTMANN: Welcome, everybody. I think we're all here. Several of our members could not attend this meeting and maybe are listening, but welcome, everybody, to our Bioethics Commission meeting.
I'm Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. On behalf of myself and our Vice Chairman, Jim Wagner, who is the President of Emory University, I would like to welcome you to our 16th meeting.
DR. GUTMANN: I'm going to get started. Welcome back, everyone.
DR. WAGNER: You know, we're waiting for Dan. But I think since, what I am essentially doing in the beginning of this is reading into the record the introductions of our speakers, Dan has seen this in the briefing material. So why don't we go ahead.
DR. WAGNER: Commissions seated, I believe our three panelists are ready to go.
DR. GUTMANN: Great.
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