Capital Consortium for Neuroscience: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

Friday, February 4, 2011
12:00PM- 4:00PM

Join us for a CCNELSI special event
Neuroscience and Non-Speciesist Neuroethics: Implications for Animal Welfare and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Bringing together experts from science, philosophy, and ethics, this symposium addresses the issue of whether current neuroscientific discoveries compel and sustain and expanding non-speciesist neuroethics - and appeals to a balanced, prudent view of what this infers for the responsible conduct of biomedical research. Given that science has privileged a realization that non-human minds can exist, what can we -or perhaps more importantly - should we do with such knowledge, and what does this mean for obligations to promote and sustain the welfare of animals, and at the same time, recognize and ethically accommodate the need for, and use of animal models in research?

Through lectures and panel discussion, the symposium poses that such questions, and their potential answers really do matter, as they force us to confront long-held, somewhat dogmatic views about the nature of consciousness, what it means “to be”, the uniqueness of humans, the ubiquity of pain, and the moral implications and consequences of our regard and actions. In cautioning against misconception and misdirection, it suggests a neuroethics that enables science and society to use current knowledge in ways that prudently inform and guide research and our treatment of both human and non-human “selves”.

The symposium will open to the public, and free of charge.

Symposium will be held at:
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
901 N. Stuart Street, Arlington, VA

Seating is limited, so RSVP registration is required.
Please email RSVPs to: Laurie Kinney at
You will need your photo ID for entry to this event

Speakers and topics include:

Special Keynote Introduction
Congressman James P. Moran (D, VA)

Co-Chair Congressional Animal Protection Caucus

3Rs +3: Toward a neuroethics of responsibility and reciprocity in animal research and practice
James Giordano, PhD

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA

A scientific approach to the ethics of using animals in research: Insights from comparative neurobiology
Jeffrey Philip Spike, Ph.D

UTH Health Science Center , Houston, TX

Informing policy: The responsibility of scientists conducting research on animals
Cathy Liss

Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC

Refinement, Reduction and Replacement (the “3Rs”) in US law and policy: Implications for biomedical research and toxicity testing
Paul A. Locke, DrPH, JD

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Baltimore, MD

The many dimensions of animal welfare – human and animal perspectives that inform actions
Joseph Barber, PhD

Hunter College (CUNY) New York, NY

Refreshments will be served, and a wine and cheese reception will follow.

For additional information, tentative schedule, media access, or to register, please contact Laurie Kinney at


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