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Decision Lab participates in the 2019 Bay Area Science Festival!

Madhu Manivannan
November 2, 2019

The Decision Lab had the opportunity to host a table at Discovery Day at Oracle Park, part of the Bay Area Science Festival. This is a free educational event where people of all ages learn about health, medicine, science, engineering, and more. Our group worked together to design four creative, kid-friendly games to teach the Bay Area public about decision-making, morality, and ethics. We had a lot of fun coming up with the games, getting to do some arts and crafts, and engaging with the unique, brilliant, and curious bay area community!

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MAC Research Staff Retreat 2019

Rea Antoniou
October 25, 2019

It was such a unique experience to participate at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) Research Staff Retreat. On the 25th of October, the decision lab gathered together at the San Francisco Zoo. We had the opportunity to bond and get to know better other MAC members, while feeding alpacas and hanging out with lemurs. Our picture bellow certainly conveys our excitement!

Decision Lab at the Zoo!


Neuroethics events at SfN 2019

Winston Chiong
October 20, 2019

I’m very pleased to have had the chance to discuss neuroethics in neuroscience at two great events at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

On Friday I participated in a Scientific Short Course on Neural Prosthetics and Brain Machine Interfaces. After a full day of very stimulating presentations on mechanisms, new directions, and clinical/commercial translation for neurotechnology, we held two breakout sessions on neuroethics. In our groups we explored questions of justice, enhancement vs. therapy, data privacy, device security, and ultimately what responsibility neuroscientists and engineers have to address foreseeable applications of their research. I’m so grateful to Adrienne Fairhall and Charles Liu for the invite, and to Adrienne, John Donoghue, Richard Andersen and Zoran Nenadic for co-leading the neuroethics breakouts with me.

On Sunday we held our Neuroethics Social. Khara Ramos and I hosted two brief panels focused on the integration of neuroethics in neuroscience training and careers. Our first panel focused on the individual/trainee perspective with a spectrum of panelists at different career stages: Hale Soloff (grad student at Emory), Maggie Thompson (postdoc at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab) and Gidon Felsen (associate professor at the University of Colorado). Gidon stayed for our second panel from the program/faculty perspective, joined by Gillian Hue (Emory) and Eric Chudler (University of Washington). More important than the panels was the opportunity for discussion and networking–it was invigorating to hear from so many young neuroscientists interested in incorporating ethics in their careers!

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Cailin Lechner presents at International Neuroethics Society 2019

Winston Chiong
October 17, 2019

It’s been a busy week for the Decision Lab at both the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting and Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Chicago! To start us off, Cailin Lechner presented this work on who should obtain informed consent in human intracranial electrophysiological research studies. This builds off of work developed by JC Mergenthaler last year; we’re also excited about other work that Cailin is beginning on how to improve consent processes in such research!

photo of Cailin Lechner presents at International Neuroethics Society 2019