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November 23, 2009

Dr. James Giordano
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A Decade of the Mind and Neuroethics: Initiatives in Alignment  

Arlington, VA— As we seek a better understanding of the workings of the human mind, we are continually confronted by fresh ethical, legal, and social questions. Now, researchers are increasingly emphasizing the role of a new discipline, neuroethics, to guide the search for answers to those questions.  This will become even more important as we embark upon an envisioned “Decade of the Mind” in 2010, a multidisciplinary effort dedicated to understanding the phenomenon of mind within the context of neuroscience.   

On December 11, 2009, the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies will host a lecture entitled “A Decade of the Mind and Neuroethics: Initiatives in Alignment.” The program will examine how objectives in neuroethics can mesh with the goals of a Decade of the Mind effort to bring about favorable outcomes in health care, education, national security and defense policy. The speaker will be Dr. James Olds of George Mason University’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, which has taken a leading role in launching the Decade of the Mind project.    

The program is part of a monthly series sponsored by the Capital Consortium for Neuroscience: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (CCNELSI). CCNELSI brings together faculty and students from academic and research institutions - as well as interested individuals from the general public and media - within the Washington Metropolitan Area to present, discuss and examine new and novel developments and issues in neuroscience, as they impact the philosophy of mind and science, ethics of research and medicine, and social constructs and policy.

What: CCNELSI Lecture: “A Decade of the Mind and Neuroethics: Initiatives in Alignment”
Who: James Olds, Ph.D., Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University
Where:  Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA, 22203
When: December 11, 2009, 3-6 pm  

More info:  www.ccnelsi.com

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