Dr. Cabrera presents at International Neuroethics Society and Society for Neuroscience meetings

Laura Cabrera photoDr. Cabrera recently attended two events in Washington, D.C.: The International Neuroethics Society (INS) annual meeting, and the 47th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

International Neuroethics Society

Julia Porter SfN 2017 conference poster
Image description: Dr. Cabrera’s undergraduate research assistant Julia Porter poses for a photo with their poster “Is low data reporting prevalent in clinical trials of psychiatric deep brain stimulation?” Photo courtesy of Laura Cabrera.

This year the INS meeting theme was “Honoring our History, Forging our Future,” bringing together a diverse group of scholars, scientists, clinicians, and professionals dedicated to the responsible use of advances in brain science. The intellectually stimulating and dynamic conference payed homage to the first fifteen years of neuroethics. Dr. Cabrera presented two posters. The first, “Ethical issues and somatic psychiatric treatments: professionals vs. public concerns,” discussed results from her past S3 grant with colleague Dr. Robyn Bluhm. Her second poster, “Is low data reporting prevalent in clinical trials of psychiatric deep brain stimulation?” was co-authored with Julia Porter, an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Cabrera’s lab.

Dr. Cabrera also participated in a panel lead by Karen Herrera-Ferrá on the “Inclusion of Latin America within the globalization of neuroethics,” as part of the Neuroethics Program Leaders Council meeting which took place on November 11th.

Society for Neuroscience

Dr. Cabrera was one of the faculty organizing a short course on “Neuroethics and Public Engagement: Why, How, and Best Practices” as part of the pre-conference events. This was a very well-attended course with great participant engagement.

Dr. Cabrera also chaired, together with Edith Brignoni-Perez, the Neuroethics Social on November 13th. The event used films to discuss ethical issues in the portrayals of learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders.