Public sessions at Neuroscience 2015 highlight the intersection of science and society. These sessions are free and open to the public for those with valid ID. All public events will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago.


Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society: Neuroscience and the Law

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.
Location: Hall B1

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 2pm - 4pm
Location: N229
Panelists: Chris Borland; Cindy Parlow Cone; Dan Gould, PhD; Anne McKee, MD

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.

Embracing an Era of Unprecedented Advances in Neuroscience

Speaker: Francis Collins, MD, PhD
National Institutes of Health
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4pm - 5pm
Location: Hall B1

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.

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