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.


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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. The call for applications is now closed. To view our Fall 2012 call for applications, please click here

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.

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 facilitate 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: TBD

Please RSVP to to attend. Lunch is provided. Seating is limited. Events for Fall 2014 will be held in the Center for Ethics Room 162 from 12-1pm unless otherwise noted*. * NOTE: The Jan 29th event will be held from 11:45am-12:45p in Center for Ethics Room 102.

MAB505 Contemporary Issues in Neuroethics 2015 graduate course. Enrollment is now closed.

Neuroethics Book Club 2014

Oct 20: Author Heidi Ravven discusses her book, "The Self Beyond Itself". A discussion on the new brain science, ethics and free will.

Please RSVP to by 10/15/2014 to save your seat. Lunch will be served

Annual Symposium 2014 (stay tuned for 2015)

Oct 31: Zombies and Zombethics! Our Fearful Fascination of the Other

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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, Neuroethics Program 

Neuroethics Scholars Program Fellows

Cyd Cipolla

Kristina Gupta

Jason Shepard

Jennifer Sarrett

Riley Zeller-Townsen

Neuroethics Intern

Julia Marshall (Managing Editor of The Neuroethics Blog)

Neuroethics Ambassadors

We've recently started an Ambassador's opportunity. 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.


     Irina Lucaciu (Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology)

Georgia State University:

       Caitlin McCoyd (Philosophy)


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