The Neuroethics Collective
The Neuroethics Collective is a virtual think tank of scholars who share an interest in issues of neuroethical import. Over the past few years this interdisciplinary group of thinkers have all collaborated with Professor Reiner (and each other) on one or more project, and meet weekly at the ReinerLab Salon via Google Hangout where their collective wisdom shines brightly.
Laura Specker Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston. Laura specializes in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural ethics and is chair of the Neuroethics Affinity Group for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and a member of the Philosophy and Medicine committee of the American Philosophical Association. Prior to assuming her faculty position, Laura was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics, a postdoctoral neuroethics fellow at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the University of Washington and the National Core for Neuroethics, and a a visiting scholar at Kyoto University's Kokoro Research Center. Laura received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Hawai’i in 2015.
Gidon Felsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and an associate faculty member in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Gidon entered the field of neuroethics as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Core for Neuroethics in 2009, and after taking up his independent faculty position pursues research programs investigation both the fundamental neuroscience of decision-making as well as the neuroethics of autonomy, the latter studies supported by a prestigious award from the Greenwall Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics.
Roland Nadler is a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Health Law Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa School of Law. Roland received his JD from Stanford Law School where he was also a fellow at the Center for Law and the Biosciences, and his MA in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC, working with Dr. Reiner at the National Core for Neuroethics.
Fay Niker is an Ethics in Society Fellow at the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University. Fay received her PhD in political theory from the University of Warwick. Her research on the ethics of public nudging (entitled “Living Well by Design”) was awarded a Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy grant in 2015, together with the John L. Stanley award for the most outstanding project in the Ethics category. During her thesis studies, Fay spent a month at the National Core for Neuroethics, beginning what has become a long-term collaboration on autonomy and public policy. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary political theory, applied ethics (including neuroethics and the ethics of technology), behavioural public policy, and intersections between normative and empirical research. Fay was recently quoted in the Pew Research Center report The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World.
Nick Fitz is a Senior Behavioral Researcher at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University. Nick received his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC, working with Dr. Reiner at the National Core for Neuroethics. Some of Nick's recent work was recently highlighted in an article in the Washington Post.
Noah Castelo is a fourth year doctoral student in the Marketing Division of Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, focusing on Behavioral Marketing. His research explores how consumers perceive technologies that blur the line between human and machine, such as artificial intelligence, social robotics, and human enhancement technologies, in order to elucidate how such technologies are likely to impact society. Noah spent two summers as an intern in Dr. Reiner’s research group at UBC while pursuing his BA at the University of Toronto.
Adrian C. Byram is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC, working at Neuroethics Canada. Prior to his graduate studies, Adrian had a 40 year career as an entrepreneur and senior executive in the software and networking industries in Silicon Valley and Vancouver. In 1974, Adrian completed the qualification requirements for a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford, but like many other entrepreneurs, left to start his first company before completing a dissertation. Adrian also attended the University of Toronto, where he earned an MSc in Physics (1969) and a BSc (Honours) in Mathematics and Physics (1967).
Anna Wexler is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert on consumer use of brain technologies, Anna began her collaboration with Dr. Reiner in 2015 while pursuing her Ph.D. at MIT in History, Anthropology, & Science, Technology, and Society. Together with Dr. Reiner, Anna recently co-organized a conference at The Banbury Center on direct-to-consumer neuroscience.