Public Events

In addition to the plentiful learning opportunities, Neuroscience 2015 included public sessions highlighting the intersection of science and society.


Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society

Neuroscience and the Law: Strange Bedfellows

Speaker: Jed S. Rakoff, JD
US District Court, Southern District of New York 
Support contributed by Elsevier
Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 2015 11a.m. - 1p.m.

Neuroscience is a hot topic with lawyers and judges, as recent advances in our understanding of the brain have raised important and unexpected implications for the development and application of legal principles. These implications, however, can sometimes be overstated, which presents a potential for abuse and warrants caution. Hear Senior U. S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation Project on Law and Neuroscience, explore the legal and ethical questions raised as neuroscience enters the courtroom and affects the judicial system.


Public Advocacy Forum

Sports Related Brain Injuries and Their Ethical, Social, and Neuroscience Considerations

Organizer/Moderator: Anne Young, MD, PhD
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 2 - 4p.m.

Repeated concussions and other sports-related brain injuries have been thrust into the center of public attention recently. This forum will look at several aspects of this issue and ask how, or even if, society can reconcile its insatiable appetite for these kinds of activities with the duty owed to those who risk being harmed by them.


Special Presentation 

Francis CollinsEmbracing an Era of Unprecedented Advances in Neuroscience

Speaker: Francis Collins, MD, PhD
National Institutes of Health
Date & Time: Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4 - 5p.m.

Despite many challenges, the last decade has seen tremendous progress in neuroscience. To support continued progress, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has taken a lead role in implementing the President's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The NIH Director will discuss how his agency, working with the neuroscience community, is catalyzing development of technologies to provide dynamic pictures of the brain, both in disease and in health. He will also examine challenges that cut across biomedical disciplines, and reflect upon opportunities for neuroscientists to face such challenges and generate tomorrow's advances.


All presentations at Neuroscience 2015 reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not represent those of the Society for Neuroscience or any of its supporters.