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Neuroethics Certificate

The Emory University Center for Ethics is an international leader in the field of Neuroethics: we publish the field's premier journal, the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience; our faculty serve on leading national and international advisory committees (e.g. American Psychological Association's Ethics Commission, DARPA, NIH's BRAIN Initiative); the Center's Director co-founded the International Neuroethics Society; and we host the most popular online forum (with a readership of 40+ countries) for Neuroethics (The Neuroethics Blog). The blog is also the neuroethics content partner for the world's largest neuroscience professional society, Society for Neuroscience. These strengths and our regular neuroethics events programming offer our students an unmatched opportunity for the advanced study of Neuroethics.  This Neuroethics Certificate is a new program in development designed to capitalize on these unique resources.  For more information about the certificate, please contact Professor Karen Rommelfanger, the Director of the Neuroethics Program at the Center for Ethics and see the additional details below.

Faculty Strengths

Our core faculty members have significant expertise in a diverse range of Neuroethical topics. Professor Karen Rommelfanger, Director of the Neuroethics Program at the Center for Ethics, is an associate editor of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience and is trained as a neuroscientist and ethicist. She serves as a member of the NIH BRAIN Initiative's Neuroethics Division and has expertise in brain machine interfaces, placebos and psychogenic movement disorders, and cross-cultural neuroethics. Professor Paul Root Wolpe is one of the founders of the discipline of Neuroethics and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. He is a sociologist and bioethicist with expertise in neurotechnology, brain imaging, brain stimulation, and enhancement. Professor John Banja is a philosopher and clinical ethicist. He is the Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience and has expertise in the neuroethics of free will, moral reasoning and traumatic brain injury.  These faculty contribute to neuroethics pedagogy via small group classes, one-on-one mentoring and thesis supervision. In addition, we have numerous affiliated faculty from neuroscience, medicine, law, philosophy, public health, and religion who guest lecture in courses and can serve as co-mentors for research projects co-designed by faculty and students.

Regular Neuroethics Event Programming

In addition to these significant research strengths that students can draw upon and contribute to, the Center is also home to a rich program of neuroethics events that draw upon a wide network of distinguished faculty from both the USA and overseas.  There are regular Neuroethics events, including the Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News seminars.  Past seminar topics have included preclinical detection, memory enhancement, virtual reality ethics, neuroscience of police violence, moral enhancement, and deep brain stimulation. One feature that distinguishes Emory’s Neuroethics Program is its strong ties to basic neuroscientists and neuroengineers. Emory houses some of the world’s leaders in deep brain stimulation and other brain stimulation techniques, neuroimaging, social and cognitive neuroscience. Many of these neuroscience innovators participate in our symposia and events. In addition, every year the Center for Ethics co-organizes a student Neuroethics Symposium as a joint effort with the graduate Neuroscience program, and an annual Neuroethics Conference. Students have unique opportunities to participate in co-organizing symposia and selecting themes for events as well as connect directly with luminaries in the field of neuroethics from around the globe.

Additional Information

Application requirements

Certificate requirements

As a Neuroethics certificate student in the MA in Bioethics Program, you will receive many additional opportunities to participate in Neuroethics activities

2017 Neuroethics Symposium
In 2017, the Neuroethics Symposium’s topic was The Use of Pre-Clinical Biomarkers for Brain Diseases including autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Each symposium table had an art centerpiece related to the theme, and the cards used in these centerpieces are used in the diagnosis and treatment of autism.