Responsible Innovation in Brain Science and Neurotechnologies
This workstream aims to strengthen ethical, legal and social aspects of brain science and technology innovation. In particular, to analyse the specific policy questions raised by emerging and converging neurotechnologies through expert consultations. The report of this project should be available and posted on this web site early 2017.
The workstream includes:
1. A survey on government approaches to fund Responsible Innovation in neuroscience, brain research, and technology. The purpose of this survey is to conduct a cross-national comparison of if, how and why public funding agencies support the integration of ethical, legal, social values into neuroscience, brain research and technological innovation.
2. A workshop "Neurotechnology and Society: Strengthening Responsible Innovation in Brain Science" (15-16 September 2016, Washington D.C.): The workshop aimed to discuss new concepts and trends in the field of responsible innovation in brain research and neurotechnologies; notably to convene stakeholders across national and international programmes of neuroscientific research to discuss the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) in the development and use of new, emerging and converging technologies. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Arizona State University (ASU), School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS); University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium), Department of Neuroscience; European Commission (EC), DG Research & Innovation; Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders; National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Link to: Agenda, Participant Information.
Key policy quesitons of this workstream are:
How can a better understanding of the societal questions in emerging and converging neurotechnologies help innovation in brain science?
In what ways do funders, researchers, and public policies integrate values of responsible innovation in the development of novel neurotechnologies and their applications?
What can be learned across countries and institutions about new approaches and tools to integrate ‘ELSA’ type work in early research and technological development?
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