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Topics

  • Security and Defense

  • Brain Science and Ethics

  • Brain science and biosecurity

  • Brian Disorders and Disease

  • Aging

Keynote Speaker - Dr James Giordano

James Giordano PhD is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC; and is the Executive Director of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), a Washington DC-based think tank focusing upon the ethical guidance of novel developments in science and engineering on the global stage. As well, he is Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions, and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly Fulbright Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroethics at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

A neuroscientist and neuroethicist with over 30 years’ experience in basic and translational research Prof. Giordano’s ongoing research addresses mechanisms of decision-making, moral cognition and actions, and neuropsychiatric disorders, and additionally focuses upon ethical and policy issues arising in and from the use – and misuse - of brain science in medicine, public life, and national security. He has published 270 scholarly papers, 7 books, and 15 governmental whitepapers, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, and Associate Editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics.

Prof. Giordano has significant experience and expertise in international development and articulation of brain science, technology, ethics and policy. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the European Union’s Human Brain Project, and a consultant in brain science and ethics to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has served as an appointed member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council for Human Research Protection; as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff, Pentagon; and has held academic appointments at the University of Bonn, Germany, and the University of Oxford, UK.

Prof. Giordano was awarded a PhD in biological psychology from the City University of New York; was NIEHS post-doctoral fellow in neurotoxicology and neuropathology at the Johns Hopkins University; and completed post-graduate training in bioethics and health policy at the Neiswanger Institute of Loyola University, Chicago.

In recognition of his ongoing work and achievements, Prof. Giordano has been elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts (EC); Royal Society of Medicine (UK); the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives (DABI), and has been named as a Distinguished Lecturer of both the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Sigma Xi – The National Scientific Honor Society.

Security and Defense

James Giordano PhD is a neuroscientist and ethicist whose ongoing work focuses upon research, use, ethics and policies of brain science in security, intelligence and defense operations. He is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC. Dr. Giordano is also Executive Director of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), a Washington DC-based think tank focusing upon novel developments in science and engineering on the global stage; and is Visiting Professor at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany.

He has served as a Research Fellow of the European Union Human Brain Project, working as team leader to define specific issues arising in and from dual-use applications of brain sciences, and as a consultant in brain science and neurotechnology to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He was Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff, Pentagon; an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); an appointed member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council for Human Research Protection, and a consultant to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Center for Irregular Warfare and Groups of the US Naval War College; and the Lockheed-Martin Corporation.

Dr. Giordano is the author of over 270 publications and 7 books, and 15 governmental whitepapers; his recent book, Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns (CRC Press) is widely used in a number of national defense, security and policy curricula.

In recognition of his ongoing work and achievements, he has been elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts (EC); Royal Society of Medicine (UK); the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives (DABI), and has been named as a Distinguished Lecturer of both the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Sigma Xi – The National Scientific Honor Society.

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