Implanted Brain Stimulation Devices: Ethical,
Legal, and Practical Issues
Hank Greely, JD
Director, Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences
Director, Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society
Co-Chair, Neuroethics Division of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group
Abstract: Invasive brain stimulation devices have great, and to some extent, already demonstrated potential, but, like all technologies, they come with a set of challenges. This talk will discuss ethical challenges arising from the relationship between the patients, doctors, and companies; the impact such technology may have on our sense of being human and being the source of our individuality; the legal issues arising from possible unintended effects of invasive brain stimulation; and practical issues, ranging from FDA and reimbursement considerations to public fears. It will also try to situate this technology, and the issues it raises, in relation to similar emerging neurotechnologies.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (3) hours of substantive credit.
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