• Start date:
  • 22 April 2022
  • Duration:
  • 2 days
  • Working as:
  • Resident physician, Medical specialist

Neurosurgery and neuroscience operate in dynamic fields. Novel treatments for neurological and mental disorders appear on the horizon every day. 3-D prints, robotic surgery or stem cell interventions make their way to patients at a rapid pace.

In the translation from bench to bedside, these interventions raise thorny issues. Hypes and hopes generate controversy, such as about the resources necessary for their developments and priority setting. Each surgical decision is a cut at the interface of risks, benefits, medical necessity, enhancement, personhood and identity. Fortunately, awareness about the ethical implications of these developments is growing. Relevant questions are brought to the fore: Are neuroscience and neurosurgery moving too fast? Are they moving in the right direction? What can and should be done with potential ‘advancements’?

During this conference we aim to bring reflection to some of these developments in neurosurgery and neuroscience. We concentrate on discussing the ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) of developments in neurosurgery.

Through lectures and discussions, we seek to engage our audience and eventually produce a consensus statement. Our speakers will offer reflections on some broad topics of the ELSI in neurosurgical research and treatment, by mixing practical and theoretical considerations. Topics for inquiry include old and new issues in both research and the clinic, and they range from the role of artificial intelligence, learning health care systems, research ethics, and distinctive issues of innovation versus research, autonomy versus informed consent and consciousness. However, by our interactive sessions and case discussion, we hope to bring these general reflections to a focus. Taking the lessons from these broader the ethical issues, we eventually aim to write a consensus statement on the ethical issues in the use of AI in neurosurgery; a topic that will inevitably affect us all.

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