A new report from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues calls for the integration of ethics across the life of neuroscientific research endeavors. The Commission, chaired by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, released the first volume of its two-part response to President Obamaâ€™s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, Initiative.
The report, â€śGray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society,â€ť includes recommendations for institutions and individuals engaged in neuroscience research including government agencies and other funders.
The full news release from the Commission is available here.
To accompany the release of the report, Gutmann wrote â€śUsing Our Brainsâ€ť in The Chronicle of Higher Education, saying, â€śBy integrating ethics into neuroscience research early and thoroughly, we can avoid the need for a future bioethics commission to perform a painful postmortem on the Brain Initiative. When it comes to neuroscience, surely we should use all our brains.â€ť
Some coverage of the Commissionâ€™s report: