Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Neurotechnology and direct brain communication: Mini-symposium

Welcome to a mini-symposium that will discuss new insights and responsibilities concerning speechless but communicative subjects.

Both infant brains and patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC) are at the forefront of contemporary neuroscience. The prospective use of neurotechnology to access mental states in these subjects, including neuroimaging, brain simulation, and brain computer interfaces, offers new opportunities for clinicians and researchers, but has also received specific attention from philosophical, scientific, ethical, and legal points of view.

Neurotechnology and direct brain communicaton, Farisco & Evers (eds)The book Neurotechnology and Direct Brain Communication, edited by Michele Farisco and Kathinka Evers, offers the first systematic assessment of these issues, investigating the tools neurotechnology offers to care for verbally non-communicative subjects and suggesting a multidisciplinary approach to the ethical and legal implications of ordinary and experimental practices.

Starting from the book, the mini-symposium will develop a multi-disciplinary discussion about these very intriguing and fascinating topics.


Kathinka Evers, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University

Confirmed speakers

Steven Laureys, University of Liege, Belgium
Georg Northoff, University of Ottawa, Canada
Anne-Marie Landtblom, Uppsala University, Sweden

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When: October 6, 2016, 13:00-17:00
Where: BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, room A1:111a

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Welcome and introduction
Kathinka Evers, Uppsala University


The self and its brain
Georg Northoff, University of Ottawa


Questions and discussion


Coma and altered states of consciousness
Steven Laureys, University of Liege


Questions and discussion


Coffee break


The unconscious patient - future challenges to the neurologist
Anne-Marie Landtblom, Uppsala University


Questions and discussion


General discussion


Concluding remarks
Kathinka Evers, Uppsala University