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The ethics of neurotechnology

A discussion of the ethical issues associated with decoding and modulating brain function. Click the title to read more.

Sex robots increase the potential for gender-based violence

Sex robots made headlines after American comedian Whitney Cummings brought out her very own lookalike robot for her Netflix special called Can I Touch It? RealBotix, the company that made Cummings’ robot, says that since the special, there has been a wave of demand for their robots. Click the title to read more.

New technologies for the brain require ethical approaches to innovation

Brain technologies are all the rage these days. Entrepreneurs are selling wearable devices in the open marketplace with claims of benefits to memory, attention and concentration. Click the title to read more.

‘It just really ethically scares me’: Caution urged as scientists look to create human-monkey chimeras

Some Alzheimer’s researchers are proposing the creation of human-monkey chimeras — part-human beings with entire portions of the brain entirely human derived. Click the title to read more.

New technologies for the brain require ethical approaches to innovation

Brain technologies are all the rage these days. Entrepreneurs are selling wearable devices in the open marketplace with claims of benefits to memory, attention and concentration. Click the title to read more.

Weekly Weinersmith Soonish Series features Dr. Judy Illes

Listen to Core’s Dr. Judy Illes as she talks about the latest on what’s being done to address the ethics of brain-computer interfaces at the latest episode of the Weekly Weinersmith. Click the title to read more.

Do Devices that Monitor or Zap the Brain Live Up to Their Claims?

Direct-to-consumer neurotechnology is all the rage. A quick Google search will reveal devices that promise to accelerate learning, promote weight loss, improve sleep, and treat depression, just to name a few. Click the title to read more.

Global collaborations are changing conditions for women in STEM

Broadening the representation and leadership of women in science and engineering continues to be both a focus and a challenge for Canada and the global world. Gender diversity brings a mixture of perspectives and skills on topics from salary disparity to sexual harassment that strengthens the fabric of … Click the title to read more.

Examining ethical issues surrounding wearable brain devices marketed to consumers

Wearable brain devices are now being marketed directly to consumers and often claim to confer benefits like boosting memory and modulating symptoms of depression. But despite the size of this market, little is known about the validity of these claims and, substantiated or not, … Click the title to read more.

Dr. Eric Racine, Director of the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, has been named Distinguished Research Scholar

Fifteen members of the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) community – three researchers as well as 12 students and postdoctoral fellows – recently received grants from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). All were selected for the excellence of their research and academic record, and will receive a total of more than […]