"Building Better Brains: Navigating Neuroscience with Ethics" by James Giordano, Ph.D.

New research combines the natural, physical, life and social sciences, as well as engineering, to develop novel approaches for assessing and modifying the brain. What does it mean to "build a better brain”? Does changing the human predicament of pain, disease, sadness and suffering also alter personality, the self and the notion of what it means to be human? How can a practice of ethics guide the potential of brain science in medicine, public life and in military and/or political contexts on the contemporary global stage?

About James Giordano 

James Giordano, Ph.D. is Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry, and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, at Georgetown University. An internationally renowned neuroscientist and neuroethicist, Dr. Giordano is a Senior Research Fellow of the EU Human Brain Project, and an elected member of the European Academy of Science and Arts, the Royal Society of Medicine (UK) and the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives. 

He currently serves an appointed member of United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Human Research Protections (SACHRP); and has served as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues (NELSI) Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects’ Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Giordano is the 2018 O’Malley Visiting Chair in Bioethics at LMU’s Bioethics Institute.

To Attend
This lecture is free and open to the public. Campus parking fees will apply.

Contact the LMU Bioethics Institute at (310) 258-5417, or email bioethics@lmu.edu.


Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm

Life Science Auditorium