Judicial Seminar on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience



DAY 1, October 25

8:00 a.m.          Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.          Welcome and Introductions

Mark S. Frankel (AAAS), and Barbara Rich (Dana Foundation)

9:00 a.m.          Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience Methods and Technology

A speaker will provide an overview of the technologies and methods used in brain research and what they can tell us.

10:30 a.m.        Break

10:45 a.m.        Neuroscience in the Courts

A speaker will discuss the ways in which information about neuroscience is currently entering the courts and what we can expect in the future.  

12:00 p.m.       Lunch in Anheuser Busch Dining Hall on 3rd floor

1:15 p.m.         The Neuroscience of Memory and Deception

A speaker will discuss the formation of memory and whether it may be possible to distinguish “true” memories from “false” ones and whether deception can be detected using imaging technology.

2:30 p.m.        Coma and the Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

Dan Larriviere, Ochsner Clinic, will describe the physiology of impaired states of consciousness and discuss the ethical and legal issues regarding life sustaining interventions.

3:45 p.m.         Break

4:00 p.m.        The Neuroscience of Pain

A speaker will focus on what neuroscience research can contribute to developing an objective basis for assessing pain.      

5:15 p.m.        Adjourn for the day

6:45 p.m.        Depart for dinner

7:00 p.m.        Group Dinner 


DAY 2, October 26

8:30 a.m.         Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.         Brain Injury, Disability, Recovery and Assessment

A speaker will address how brain impairment is diagnosed, how its effect on everyday functioning is assessed, and to what extent therapy can minimize the negative effects of brain injury or disease. 

10:15 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.       The Neuroscience of Violence

A speaker will discuss the methods of psychiatric diagnoses of violent offenders and what they might contribute to legal determinations.

11:45 p.m.      Lunch

1:00 p.m.        The Neuroscience of Substance Dependence

A speaker will discuss the neurobiological bases of drug dependence.        

2:15 p.m.        Break

2:30 p.m.        Adolescent Brain

A speaker will focus on how the brain develops and the ways in which the adolescent brain differs from the adult brain.

3:45 p.m.        Closing comments

4:00 p.m.        Adjourn