Center Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera and Professor Dr. Leonard Fleck recently traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to participate in the International Association of Bioethics’ (IAB) 13th World Congress of Bioethics, held June 14-17, 2016.
Dr. Cabrera participated in the symposium “New Crossroads for Bioethics, Environment, and the Brain Sciences: Environmental Neuroethics.” The symposium addressed the ethical implications of anthropogenic environmental change for brain and mental health from different professional perspectives and disciplines, and explored frameworks, challenges, and priorities for this crossroads in bioethics, environment, and brain sciences that we call environmental neuroethics.
The discussion was moderated by Dr. Judy Illes, Director of the National Core for Neuroethics at University of British Columbia (UBC), while three scholars from neuroethics, sociology, and neuroscience presented a complementary aspect of the environmental neuroethics trajectory. Dr. Cabrera presented “Rethinking the Role of the Environment for Brain and Mental Health,” Dr. Ralph Matthews of UBC presented “Environmental Neuroethics as a Cultural Process,” and Dr. Hervé Chneiweiss of Université Pierre et Marie Curie and INSERM presented “Environmental Neuroethics: Do Brain Matters Change from 3D for 2D?”
Dr. Fleck participated in the symposium “What is Enough? Sufficiency, Justice and Health” along with panelists C. Fourie, A. Rid, and B. Rumbold.