Friday, February 4, 2011
Join us for a CCNELSI special event
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:
Seating is limited, so RSVP registration is required.
Speakers and topics include:
3Rs +3: Toward a neuroethics of responsibility and reciprocity in animal research and practice
A scientific approach to the ethics of using animals in research: Insights from comparative neurobiology
Informing policy: The responsibility of scientists conducting research on animals
Refinement, Reduction and Replacement (the “3Rs”) in US law and policy:
Implications for biomedical research and toxicity testing
The many dimensions of animal welfare – human and animal perspectives that inform actions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org