Capital Consortium for Neuroscience: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues


The Capital Consortium for Neuroscience: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (CCNELSI) brings together faculty and students from academic and research institutions, as well as interested individuals from the general public and media within the greater Washington Metropolitan Area. CCNELSI presents, discusses and examines new and novel developments in neuroscience, as they pertain to the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and neuroethical issues in research, medicine and the social sphere. These topics are often controversial and provocative, and give rise to vibrant discussion, thereby stimulating the exchange of ideas and perspectives while deepening insight and forging dialectic.

CCNELSI aims to review, assess, and scrutinize progress in neuroscience, neurotechnology and the ethical, legal and social issues generated from these fields. Lectures explore the utopian and dystopian possibilities of neuroscience and their effects upon the status quo of existing paradigms and social thought, defining the potential, questions, boundaries and limitations of neuroscientific and neurotechnological inquiry and use.

Format: A Forum and Nexus

The monthly discussions at CCNELSI bring guest lecturers from the international academic and policy communities together with faculty and student scholars from the greater metropolitan D.C. area. As well, CCNELSI is a forum for local scholars to present and discuss their work and its implications, and in this way is a nexus to the neuroethics community, at-large.

Toward this end, the active participation of local area academicians and researchers is encouraged, allowing CCNELSI to be a platform for their interests and ideas to be expressed and discussed.

Lectures are held at multiple sites, including:

Georgetown University Medical Center
Warwick-Evans Room
Building D, 4000 Reservoir Rd.
Washington, DC

Admission is free of charge

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CCNELSI was developed and is supervised by James Giordano, PhD,
Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Professor on the faculty in the Division of Integrative Physiology, Department of Biochemistry, and Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. He is Gryphon Fellow in Neurosciences and Ethics at the Human Science Center of Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany, and was 2011-2012 JW Fulbright Foundation Professor of Neuroscience, Neurotechnology, and Ethics on the medical faculty of Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany. As well, Dr. Giordano is 2012-2014 William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Neuroethics at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, and is a Senior Fellow of the Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA, USA.

For media contacts, please contact:

Sherry Loveless


CCNELSI is an initiative of, and supported in part by: Neuroethics Studies Program in the Center for Clinical Bioethics and the William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Endowment


© 2009-2013 James Giordano

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