Neuroethics Down-Under 2013

Neuroscience, ethics and public policy in Australia — Stimulating connections


Slides from various presentations are now available:



Brain Coral

Neuroscience is a rapidly evolving field that is changing the way we see mental disorders and addiction. Neuroscience research is revealing how drugs act on the brain to cause addiction and why some individuals are more likely to develop a mental illness than others. This research may lead to more effective treatments of mental illness. It may also change the way that we understand addiction and think about drug use in Australia. This research raises critical questions that need to be addressed: How will “brain disease” explanations of addiction and mental illness influence individuals’ belief in their ability to overcome them? What impact can media stories about neuroscience have on public understandings of addiction? Should society regulate or prohibit the use of new psychotropic drugs to enhance cognition in the same way that they do other recreational drugs? Are individuals responsible for drug-induced behaviours?

The Neuroethics Group, UQ Centre for Clinical Research, led by Professor Wayne Hall will be hosting a one-day conference exploring the ethical, social, legal and policy implications of neurobiological research on mental illness and addiction. Topics include:

  • The impact of neuroscience on public and private understandings of addiction
  • The future of tobacco control
  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Sports concussion
  • DBS, dopamine and compulsive behaviour

The conference program is available here.

The conference will showcase recent contributions to these debates by the Neuroethics Group and leading Australian researchers:

  • Robin Room (Keynote)
  • Helen Keane
  • Helen Chenery
  • Suzanne Fraser
  • Frederic Gilbert
  • Sharlene Kaye
  • Simon Outram

For a full list of speakers and their bios, please click here.

The conference will be held at the UQCCR, level 2 auditorium on Friday October 4, 2013. See map.

Tea and coffee will be provided during registration. Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided throughout the day.


Registration is now closed.

For more details, please email or phone Doug Fraser on (07) 3346 5475.

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