Prof. James Giordano, PhD, Director of CNS, Senior Fellow, and Member of the Board of Regents

Prof. James Giordano, PhD, MPhil, is Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies and a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA; 2011-2012 Fulbright Professor of Neuroscience, Neurotechnology, and Ethics at the Human Science Center of Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany; Professor of Integrative Medicine and Ethics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC; and holds a Research Professorship of Neurosciences and Ethics, in the Department of Electrical and Computational Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA.  As well, Prof. Giordano is serving as 2012-2013 William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroethics at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

He chairs the National Neuroscience- Ethics, Legal and Social Issues (NELSI) initiative that convenes a  yearly national symposium to address key issues at the intersection of neuroscience, neurotechnology, and public life (, and the Capital Consortium for Neuroscience, Ethics, Legal and Social Issues (CCNELSI;, which presents monthly seminars, lectures and panels that bring together scholars, students and the public in the greater metropolitan Washington DC area to discuss new and often provocative and controversial topics that arise in and from neuroscientific and neurotechnological research and use. His social media resource Neurobioethics ( speaks to these questions and concerns, and his Neurosecurity blog ( specifically addresses technical and ethico-legal issues generated by studies and applications of neuroscience and neurotechnology in national intelligence and defense programs on the world stage. Additionally, he is a regular guest contributor to the NeuroTechZone blog site (, discussing new neurotechnologies and novel uses of existing biotechnologies in neurology, psychiatry and to alter the tenor of daily life.

Prof. Giordano received a BSc (cum laude) in physiological psychology from St. Peter’s College; MA in neuropsychology from Norwich University, and was awarded MPhil  (philosophy of psychology) and PhD (biological psychology) degrees with distinction from the City University of New York. He was NIEHS- post-doctoral fellow in neurotoxicology and neuropathology at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and School of Public Health, Baltimore MD, and completed post-graduate studies in ethics and health policy at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy of Loyola University, Chicago, IL.

Prof. Giordano is Editor-in-Chief of the journals Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, and Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics and Policy; Associate Editor for the international journal Neuroethics, Executive Editor-in-Chief of the book series Advances in Neurotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (published by CRC Press), and an Associate Editor of Springer’s Augmenting Human Performance series.
The author of over 170 publications in neuroscience, philosophy, and ethics, his recent books include: Advances in Neurotechnology: Premises, Potential and Problems (CRC /Routledge); Maldynia: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on the Illness of Chronic Pain (Taylor-Francis/Informa); Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives in Neuroethics (with Bert Gordijn, Cambridge University Press); Pain: Mind, Meaning, and Medicine (PPM Press); and Pain Medicine: Philosophy, Ethics and Policy (with Mark Boswell; Linton Atlantic Books). 

His ongoing research addresses the use of advanced neurotechnologies to explore the neuroscience of pain and neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders, and the neuroethical issues arising in and from the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in research, medicine, public life, and national security and defense. In recognition of his work, Prof. Giordano was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and is an elected senior member of IEEE, and AIAA, and has been named 2013-2014 Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE, and 2012-2014 National Distinguished Lecturer of Sigma Xi, the national honor society of scientific research.

He and his wife Sherry, a naturalist and graphic artist, divide their time between Alexandria VA, and Munich, Germany.
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