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Visible Solutions: How Neuroimaging Helps Law Reenvision Pain

June 30, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration for this event is now closed, but we will be livestreaming the event on the web. We will post the link here when it is available. Check back here for updates!

Description

Can brain imaging be a “pain-o-meter” that tells courts when a person is in pain?  Can fMRI help us discern whether intractable chronic pain is “all in your head” or all in the brain – or will it require us to reconsider that distinction? Leading neuroscientists, legal scholars, and bioethicists will debate standards and limits on how the law can use brain science to get smarter about a subject that touches everyone.

Agenda

8:30 – 9:00am: Registration

9:00 – 9:30am: Welcoming remarks

  • Judith G. Edersheim, JD, MD, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and attending Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital

9:30 – 10:30am: Keynotes

  • Henry T. Greely, JD, Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford Law School; Professor (by courtesy) of Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine; Chair, Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics; Director, Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society
  • Irene Tracey, DPhil, Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetic Science; Professor of Clinical Neurology; Director, Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, Oxford University

10:30 – 10:45am: Break

10:45am – 12:00pm: Can Brain Imaging Be a Pain-O-Meter?

  • Karen D. Davis, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience; Canada Research Chair in Brain and Behaviour; Head of Division of Brain, Imaging & Behaviour Systems, University of Toronto
  • Henry T. Greely, JD, Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford Law School; Professor (by courtesy) of Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine; Chair, Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics; Director, Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society
  • Amanda C. Pustilnik, JD, Senior Fellow on Law & Applied Neuroscience in the Petrie-Flom Center and the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior; Professor of Law, University of Maryland; Faculty Member, Center for Law, Brain & Behavior (MGH)

12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00 – 2:15pm: “The Pain Brain” in Evidence & Policy

  • David Borsook, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Boston Children’s Hospital and HMS; Director, HMS/McLean/MGH/BCH P.A.I.N. (Pain and Analgesia Imaging Neuroscience) Group; fmr. Director, Pain Division of MGH
  • Martha Farah, PhD, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences; Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael S. Pardo, JD, Chair, American Association of Law Schools Section on Evidence (fmr.); Henry Upson Sims Professor of Law; Director, Program on Cross-Disciplinary Legal Studies, University of Alabama
  • Amanda C. Pustilnik, JD, Senior Fellow on Law & Applied Neuroscience in the Petrie-Flom Center and the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior; Professor of Law, University of Maryland; Faculty Member, Center for Law, Brain & Behavior (MGH)

2:15 – 2:30pm: Break

2:30 – 3:45pm: Emotional Pain: Real to the Brain But not Real to the Law?

  • Nita Farahany, JD, MA, PhD, Member, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; Professor of Law; Professor of Philosophy; Director of Duke Center for Science & Society; Director, Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, Duke University
  • Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University; Research Neuroscientist, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (MGH); Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry (MGH); Lecturer in Psychiatry (HMS)
  • Irene Tracey, DPhil, Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetic Science; Professor of Clinical Neurology; Director, Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, Oxford University

3:45 – 4:00pm: Break

4:00 – 5:15pm: A New Paradigm for Understanding Pain & Emotion

  • David A. Seminowicz, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland
  • Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD, Associate Professor of Law and McKnight Land-Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and Visiting Scholar, Petrie-Flom Center
  • Tor Wager, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Director, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Colorado, Boulder

5:15 – 5:30pm: Closing remarks

Registration

Registration for this event is now closed, but we will be livestreaming the event on the web. We will post the link here when it is available. Check back here for updates!

This event is part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Cosponsored by theCenter for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, and with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund. 

Venue

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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