Fantastic achievements by UQ's Neuroethics group!
Congratulations to Dr Brad Partridge for winning a 2013 Tall Poppy Award.
Congratulations to Dr Adrian Carter for receiving an ARC Discovery Early Career Reseaerch Award for the project "Treatment-induced compulsive behavious: Ethical and policy implications". Dr Adrian Carter has also won the UQCCR 2013 Shimadzu Young Investigator Award.
Congratulations to Dr Coral Gartner for succeeding with a NHMRC Career Development Award.
Neuroscience and genetics are rapidly developing and exciting fields in bioscience that promise to revolutionise our understanding of mental disorders such as alcohol and drug addiction. Findings in these fields may profoundly affect how Australian society responds to people with addictive disorders. The chronic use of substances such as alcohol, nicotine and illicit drugs can profoundly affect mood, attention, decision-making, motivation and memory. Addiction to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs are among the most common behavioural disorders in developed societies and contribute substantially to the burden of disease in Australia and worldwide. This project is funded by the NHMRC.
To analyse public health policy and ethical issues raised by genetic and neuroscience research, and their applications to the treatment and prevention of drug use and addiction.
CALL FOR PAPERS!
Special Issue: Concussion and mTBI: Ethical Issues
Guest Editors: Brad Partridge, Syd Johnson, Frédéric Gilbert
CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: November 30, 2013
This special issue of Neuroethics will focus on concussion and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Concussion/mTBI affects millions of individuals each year and the long term neurological effects of concussion are currently being debated. Concussion is a common injury among professional, amateur and youth athletes in many sports, and has also been called the “signature injury” of military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. This significant public health problem has received considerable attention in the popular press, and is an area of active research in the neurosciences, but is an underdeveloped area of neuroethical inquiry.
Possible questions and topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:
• What can/should neuroethics contribute to discussions about the diagnosis, treatment and management of concussion/mTBI in athletes or military personnel?
• Ethical issues bearing upon physicians or other stakeholders in:
- implementing or facilitating return-to-play, or return to active duty
- preventing athletes from participating in high risk sports
- condoning risky sports with their presence (e.g. the ringside doctor at a boxing match)
• Conflicts of interest for sporting leagues, concussion experts, and other stakeholders
• The team doctor or military physician as “company doctor”
• Research ethics and concussion/mTBI
• Ethical issues in the use of new technologies for diagnosing, treating or managing concussion/mTBI
• Consent and the disclosure of risk
• Preserving/protecting autonomy in the at-risk individual
• Risky sport participation and the rights of children and adolescents
• The ethical obligations of professional sporting leagues with high rates of concussion
Contributions from stakeholders and multidisciplinary scholars are encouraged. The editors welcome early discussion of proposals and/or abstracts by email.
Full papers are due by November 30, 2013. Manuscripts should be submitted to Neuroethics online at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/nero using code “SI: concussion.” Manuscripts should be of a high quality and will be subject to the normal peer review process of Neuroethics. For submission requirements, format and referencing style, refer to the Author Guidelines at: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/12152?detailsPage=societies
Dr. Brad Partridge
NHMRC Research Fellow
UQ Centre for Clinical Research
The University of Queensland Herston,
T +61 7 3346 5476
F +61 7 3346 5598
L. Syd M Johnson, PhD
Philosophy, Kinesiology & Integrative
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan USA T 011 906 487 3232
F 011 906 487 3559
Frédéric Gilbert, PhD
Associate Program Leader — Research Fellow
Ethics & Bionics/Nanomedicine ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) University of Tasmania, Australia T +61 3 6226 1703
F +61 3 6226 7847