Friday, January 14, 2011
Join us for a CCNELSI special event
Advances in genetics and neuroscience have enabled considerable progress in neurology and psychiatry. However, such progress also incurs questions, issues and potential problems. Genetic and neuroscientific constructs and characterizations of normality and abnormality are important, both in their own right as important to medical practice, and because they affect – and be can be affected by – social, and political values and agendas that create tensions, if not frank conflict with the ethical imperative of beneficent care of the vulnerable, and marginalized. As we are poised to engage a new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, it becomes evermore important to identify these issues and risks, and explicate the need (and paradigms) for reflection, prudent preparation and responsibility in the ways that any such information is used.
Thus, it is important to re-examine the past, so as to assess the present and work to prevent similar pragmatic and ethical transgressions in the future. The misuses of genetic and neuro-psychiatric science reached a nadir in the events that led to and culminated in the Holocaust, and these provide valuable object lessons with which to address and prevent potential neuroethical risks and harms.
Toward this end, the Capital Consortium for Neuroscience: Ethics, Legal and Social Issues (CCNELSI) is proud to present a one-day symposium and panel discussion addressing - Use and Misuse of Neurology and Psychiatry: Lessons Learned from the Holocaust, to be held on Friday, 14. January 2011 (10:00AM- 4:00PM) at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, 901 N. Stuart Street, Arlington, VA.
Seating will be limited to 50, so RSVP registration is required. Please email RSVPs to: Laurie Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakers and topics include:
Nazi medicine: History and putting a face on victims
Neurocentricism in medicine and society: Ethical responsibilities for pragmatism and prudence
Preserving the promise of genomic research without promoting the eugenics of the past
The architectonics of diagnosis and classification in psychiatry: Reflections on the diagnostic and statistical manual and its ramifications on the cultural representation of mental illness
Why should deaf people continue to exist?: Hearing loss, deaf-gain and the future of human diversity
Neuroethics, law and how the twain might – and should – meet
Refreshments will be served, and a wine and cheese reception will follow.