MAR 13, 2019 11:20 AM PDT


Presented at: Neuroscience 2019
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
  • Director, Neuroethics Program, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
      Dr. Khara Ramos serves as Director, Neuroethics Program, and Health Scientist Administrator in the Office of Scientific Liaison (OSL), at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at NIH. She leads efforts to integrate neuroethics into the NIH BRAIN Initiative, and serves as Executive Secretary of the Neuroethics Working Group of the NIH BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group and co-lead of the trans-NIH BRAIN neuroethics project team. In her role within OSL she works to support a seamless flow of information on NINDS-supported research advances and initiatives to various stakeholders including scientific and academic communities, as well as policy-makers, patients, and the public.

      Previously, Dr. Ramos worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), where she served as point person on high profile projects for NIDCR and provided support to the NIDCR Office of the Director regarding policy analysis, communications, program oversight, evaluation activities, strategic planning, and project coordination. She originally moved from academia to federal service via the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program, following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied the role of non-neuronal cells of the central nervous system in chronic pain states and in opioid-induced central sensitization. Dr. Ramos holds a Ph.D. in neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego, and a bachelor's degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
    • Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology and affiliated faculty in Bioengineering and Neuroscience, UCLA Medical Center & UCLA Brain Research Institute
        Dr Pouratian is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology and affiliated faculty in Bioengineering and Neuroscience. He has broad yet in depth training in both functional neurosurgery and the acquisition and comprehensive analysis of multiple brain mapping modalities and has published extensively in the field of human brain mapping, comparing human brain mapping signals from multiple modalities, including functional MRI, optical imaging, evoked potentials, electrocortical stimulation mapping, electrocorticography, local field potentials, and single unit recordings. As a neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, and bioengineer, he has the unique perspective and training to integrate these fields and take advantages of the unparalleled opportunities presented by neurosurgery to study human brain function and design novel neurotechnologies. His current focus is understanding the network basis of disease and neuromodulatory therapies and designing novel network-based interventions to address neurological and psychiatric disease.
      • Adjunct Assistant Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Philosophy Department, UCLA
          Dr. Feinsinger is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and Department of Philosophy at UCLA and has unique expertise in issues at the intersection of ethics, medicine, and biomedical research. She has a PhD in Philosophy and formal training in theoretical and applied ethics, the nature of language and communication, philosophy of mind, and linguistics. Her current work at the David Geffen School of Medicine involves researching, teaching, and designing curricular materials about the nature of the physician-patient and researcher-subject relationship, informed consent, power and exploitation in medicine, and vulnerable populations. Currently, she collaborates with the Department of Neurosurgery, researching the ethics of invasive non-therapeutic clinical neuroscience trials in humans. This work takes an initial look at the ethical complexities of altruism in motivating participants to enroll in these trials and develops an ethical framework for thinking about the unique challenges of non-therapeutic neurophysiologic research. Given her background in ethics and communication, she is able to work closely with clinicians, psychologists, and other interdisciplinary team members, bringing philosophical methods and ethical theory to the field of brain research.
        • Executive Director of the Harvard MGH Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior; Associate Professor of Law, McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota
            Dr. Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD is the Executive Director of the Harvard MGH Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, and an Associate Professor of Law, McKnight Presidential Fellow, and faculty member in the Graduate Program on Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. He directs the Shen Neurolaw Lab, whose Lab motto is, "Every story is a brain story." He serves as the Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and speaks nationally and internationally to legal and scientific audiences. Dr. Shen is currently a member of the NIH Neuroethics Subgroup of the ACD BRAIN Initiative Working Group 2.0. Dr. Shen received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Shen conducts empirical and legal research at the intersection of law and neuroscience. He has co-authored 3 books, including the first Law and Neuroscience casebook (Aspen). He has also published articles on a range of neurolaw topics, including memory and lie detection, cognitive enhancement, criminal justice, brain injury, evidentiary admissibility, sports concussion, juror decision-making, criminal mental states, dementia, and mental health. He also teaches and writes on artificial intelligence and the law. He is currently a co-lead PI on a Neuroethics administrative supplement grant exploring the ethical implications of mobile neuroimaging by embedding neuroethics research into the parent NIH BRAIN grant "Imaging Human Brain Function with Minimal Mobility Restrictions" (Mike Garwood, PI). In Minnesota, Dr. Shen is leading a statewide effort to improve youth sports concussion policy.
          • Department of Bioethics, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
              Saskia Hendriks, MD, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Bioethics of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, where she conducts research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies in reproduction and neuroscience. She also works for the Neuroethics Program at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at NIH. Previously, Dr. Hendriks obtained her MD-PhD at the University of Amsterdam.


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