Neuroethics Program

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Welcome to Emory University's Neuroethics Program. The Neuroethics Program is an interdisciplinary, inter-departmental group of scholars interested in the intersection of neuroscience, ethics, and society. The Program aims to become a center of excellence that informs responsible applications of neuroscience in research, the clinic, and society as well as engages and activates our community in neuroethics discourse. To keep up with latest Neuroethics events and opportunities, please subscribe here to the Neuroethics Listserv.


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The Neuroethics Program aspires to create and support a community of scholars to collaboratively explore the ethical and social implications of neuroscience and emerging neurotechnologies.


The Neuroethics Program has 3 primary initiatives:

Education and Outreach
- Create innovative educational resources in neuroethics.
- Disseminate neuroethics curricula and instructional materials to students, staff, and faculty at Emory and at other universities.
- Provide fellowships and other opportunities for training and education in neuroethics.
- Create public programs to educate the community about neuroethical issues.

Research and Scholarship
- Promote innovative research at the intersection of neuroscience and ethics, and generate and disseminate scholarly interdisciplinary work.
- Provide fellowships for doctoral research, and host conferences and workshops facilitating neuroethics discourse and scholarship.

Advising and Consulting
- Provide neuroethics consultations for policy and lawmakers, corporate and not-for-profit organizations, and scientists and clinical service providers.

We are currently working on creating more opportunities for training and support outside of the classroom setting. To keep up with latest Neuroethics Program opportunities, please subscribe here.

The Neuroethics Scholars Program

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The Neuroethics Program of the Emory Center for Ethics is proud to offer competitive Neuroethics Scholars Program Fellowships. The program is open to Emory graduate students in any discipline who want to develop their interests at the intersection of neuroscience and ethics.

Sponsored by the Emory Center for Ethics and its Neuroethics Program, and funded by the Emory Neurosciences Initiative, the Neuroethics Scholars Program is an unprecedented opportunity for Emory graduate students to become active in the national Neuroethics community. To view our Fall 2012 call for applications, please click here. This fellowship is not being offered at this time.

Past Fellows

Cyd Cipolla

Kristina Gupta

Jennifer Sarrett

Jason Shepard

Riley Zeller-Townsen

Travel Awards

The application deadline for Neuroethics Travel Awards is now closed. More information on our last call for travel award applications here


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To keep up with latest Neuroethics events and opportunities, please subscribe here to the Neuroethics Listserv.

Annual Symposia Stay tuned for 2018 symposium

April 28, 2017: The Use of Preclinical Biomarkers for Brain Diseases: A Neuroethical Dilemma. Annual Neuroscience Graduate Student-led Neuroethics Symposium. Register here.

Annual Conference Stay tuned for September 2018 Mind-Body Conference

March 3-4, 2017: Partners in Treatment Innovation for Functional Neurological Disorders: Patients, Families, and Providers. Second conference of the Mark and Barbara Klein Mind-Body Conference Series at Emory.

*NEW SERIES for 2018* The Future Now NEEDs (Neurotechnologies and Emerging Ethical Dilemmas)

Please RSVP to to attend. Seating is limited. Events for Spring will be held in the Center for Ethics Room 102 or 162 from 12-1pm unless indicated*. Please note the new time.

Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News Fall 2017

Neuroethics and Neuroscience in thew News Spring 2017

  • Jan 25: Preclinical/Prodromal Detection: An online Psychosis Calculator?—Elaine Walker

  • Feb 22: Brain Computer Interfaces, Memory Enhancement and Identity—Cory Inman

  • March 15: Virtual Reality Ethics—Barbara Rothbaum

  • April 5: Neuroprediction of Recidivism—Eyal Aharoni

Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News Fall 2016

  • Nov 16: Dr. Jennifer Felger facilitates a discussion on "Inflammation might be causing depression": Stigma of mental illness, reductionism, and (mis-)representations of science

  • Dec 7: Dr. Cory Inman facilitates a discussion on brain stimulation and memory.

Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News Spring 2016


Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News Fall 2015


Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News (formerly Neuroethics Journal Club) Spring 2015

  • Jan 29*: Julia Marshall and Scott Lilienfeld facilitate a discussion on "Does neural 'evidence' unduly prejudice jurors' decision-making?"

  • Feb 20: Jennifer Mascaro facilitates a discussion on her article, "Testicular volume is inversely correlated with nurturing ‐ related brain activity in human fathers"

  • March 18: John Banja and Ryan Purcell facilitate a discussion on cognitive enhancement, "Enhancing motivation, performance, or both?"

  • April 22: Constance Shreckengost facilitates a discussion on sugar and the brain and this headline "Sugar doesn’t just make you fat—it can also trigger depression, anxiety and stress"

MAB505 Contemporary Issues in Neuroethics 2017 graduate course. Enrollment is now closed. The course will be offered again in Spring 2019.

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General Contact Info

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Paul Root Wolpe, PhD:  Director, Center for Ethics  

Karen S. Rommelfanger, PhD: Program Director, Neuroethics Program 

Gillian Hue, PhD:  Program Associate and Undergraduate Liaison, Neuroethics Program 

Neuroethics Interns

We accept undergraduate interns (through Federal Work Study) periodically for the Neuroethics Program and undergraduate and graduate editorial interns for AJOB Neuroscience. Please contact us as for more information.

Neuroethics Ambassadors

Ambassadors are designated members from a variety of departments who assist in connecting their peers to the Emory Neuroethics Program and upcoming events. Want to be an ambassador for your program? Please contact Privileges include priority seating at events and opportunity to write for The Neuroethics Blog.


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