Models of Engagement in Neuroethics Programs: Past, Present, and Future

  • Laura Specker SullivanEmail author
  • Judy Illes
Part of the Advances in Neuroethics book series (AIN)


This chapter surveys models for ethics engagement in neuroscience research and training and offers suggestions for future development. We review different ways in which ethics programs have sought to partner with neuroscience programs and critically align neuroscience with its ethical, legal, social, and policy implications. We compare the methods of neuroethics programs with other ethics programs associated with the biomedical sciences to elucidate current levels of interdisciplinary collaboration and the potential for expansion in the future. Based on our findings, we explore ways by which neuroethics can proactively seek new approaches to link with neuroscience and medicine.



JI is Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics and President of the International Neuroethics Society. Her work and the National Core for Neuroethics have been supported by a range of government and private funders including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the BC Knowledge Development Fund, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. LSS is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington, and at the National Core for Neuroethics. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Award Number EEC-1028725. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Core for NeuroethicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Center for Sensorimotor Neural EngineeringUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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