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Neuroethics: Anticipating the future

Judy Illes


We have new answers to how the brain works and tools which can now monitor and manipulate brain function. Rapid advances in neuroscience raise critical questions with which society must grapple. What new balances must be struck between diagnosis and prediction, and invasive and noninvasive interventions? Are new criteria needed for the clinical definition of death in cases where individuals are eligible for organ donation? How will new mobile and wearable technologies affect the future of growing children and aging adults? To what extent is society responsible for protecting populations at ris ... More

Keywords: Neuroethics, neuroscience, cognitive enhancement, ethics, law, health, neurotechnology, policy, autonomy, human rights

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786832
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786832.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judy Illes, editor
Professor of Neurology, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, and Director of the National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia

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Part I Neurotechnology: Today and tomorrow

Chapter 2 Emerging neuroimaging technologies: Toward future personalized diagnostics, prognosis, targeted intervention, and ethical challenges

Urs Ribary, Alex L. MacKay, Alexander Rauscher, Christine M. Tipper, Deborah E. Giaschi, Todd S. Woodward, Vesna Sossi, Sam M. Doesburg, Lawrence M. Ward, Anthony Herdman, Ghassan Hamarneh, Brian G. Booth, and Alexander Moiseev

Part II Neuroethics at the frontline of healthcare

Chapter 10 Neuroprognostication after severe brain injury in children: Science fiction or plausible reality?

Sarah S. Welsh, Geneviève Du Pont-Thibodeau, and Matthew P. Kirschen

Part III Social, legal, and regulatory frameworks: Lessons of the past guide policy for the future

Chapter 19 Minors and incompetent adults: A tale of two populations

Vasiliki Rahimzadeh, Karine Sénécal, Erika Kleiderman, and Bartha M. Knoppers

Part IV Epilogue