MAR 13, 2019 10:00 AM PDT

Neuroethics: An Essential Partner for Neuroscience

Presented at: Neuroscience 2019
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speaker
  • Director, Neuroethics Program, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Biography
      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.

    Abstract

    The NIH BRAIN Initiative aims to develop new tools and neurotechnologies to transform our understanding of brain function in health and disease. That knowledge is critical to enable novel therapies for brain disorders, which cause immense suffering and have a major economic impact worldwide. Our ability to intervene medically is hampered by limited understanding of how brain circuits go awry in disorders such as dementia, chronic pain, addiction, and autism. The powerful technological advances catalyzed by the BRAIN Initiative will allow us to record and modulate brain circuit function in unprecedented ways, which will pose a number of ethical questions. Neuroethics is essential for the success of the NIH BRAIN Initiative, and for neuroscience research more broadly, because it enables advance consideration of the ethical, legal, and societal implications of neuroscience research. This facilitates progress in neuroscience and helps ensure that neuroscientific advancements support human well-being. From its inception the NIH BRAIN Initiative has made a concerted effort to integrate neuroethics into its science. Integrating neuroethics into the Initiative serves the interests of all involved stakeholders, and requires collaborative input from many disciplines – neuroscience, medicine, bioethics, philosophy, law, and others. This talk will present a brief introduction to neuroethics and an overview of the NIH BRAIN Initiative’s neuroethics strategy and program, including funding for neuroethics research.


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