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Café Scientifique: BRAIN - Addressing the Benefits, Burdens, Risks and Responsibilities

Sponsored by Ballston Science and Technology Alliance

Announced by the Obama administration on April 2, 2013, BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) is a proposed collaborative research initiative with the goal of mapping the activity of every neuron in the human brain. While the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology offers profound possibilities to better the human condition and reduce pain and suffering, it is important to note that the use of these developments comes with a host of burdens and risks that should be addressed, assessed and metered as part of the research.

In this lecture, neuroscientist and neuroethicist Dr. James Giordano looks at the many different directions these studies could take, explores the potential benefits, risks and harms generated by the use or misuse of neuroscience and neurotechnology and discusses ways in which neuroethical, legal and social issue could be analyzed, directed and possibly governed.

The goal of Café Scientifique is to make science more accessible and accountable by featuring speakers whose expertise spans the sciences and who can talk in plain English. Please come early to order table service and socialize. Special half-price burgers start at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by Q&A. No science background required! Café Scientifique is free and open to the public but advanced registration is requested.

Date: August 6, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: The Front Page Restaurant
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
Fee: Free
Registration: Registration Now Closed
For more information, please contact:
Name: Kaye Breen
Phone: (703) 228-0861
Web site:

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