• Brain Scans

"Neuroethics," with Jonathan Moreno. 

This course will examine the ethical, legal and social issues raised by neuroscience. Topics will include the implications of new knowledge of the brain for our understanding of selfhood, for the meaning of privacy, for the distinction between therapy and enhancement, and for national security.

Mind Wars: Neuroscience & National Security

Jonathan Moreno unearths a multitude of questions about federal defense agencies’ interest in the burgeoning field of neuroscience and describes the many fascinating ethical and policy issues that may emerge from this relationship.  A provocative book that reads like an edge-of-your seat investigation into the intertwining worlds of science, technology, and government, Mind Wars is the first ever systematic overview of brain research and national security.  Moreno, one of the best-known bioethicists in the US, calls for the scientific community to be more engaged in dealing with the unintended consequences of their work. As new kinds of weapons are added to the arsenal already at the disposal of fallible human leaders and their war fighters, we need to be sure we understand how they are used.

Dementia: Ethics & Policy Research

Jason Karlawish' s research focuses on ethical issues in human subjects research, and the care of persons with dementia.  With support from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Greenwall Foundation, he has investigated the development of Alzheimer’s disease treatments and diagnostics, informed consent, quality of life, research and treatment decision making, and voting by persons with cognitive impairment and residents of long term care facilities.

Ethics & Behavioral Healthcare: The ScattergoodEthics Program

The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare is dedicated to research and scholarship in all areas of behavioral healthcare ethics. Housed at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, the ScattergoodEthics Program is a regional and national effort that welcomes all those active in the allied fields of behavioral healthcare. Dominic Sisti serves as the Program's director.