2019 Brain Awareness Week – Neuroethics Distinguished Lecture

Neuroethics Canada is pleased to invite you to the
2019 Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture
What They Can Tell Us About Our Brains and Our Minds
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
C300 Theatre, UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 3B7


Thomas R. Insel, MD
Co-founder and President

Mindstrong Health


There are 3 billion smartphones in use today, collecting and transmitting information on an unprecedented scale. Will this new ubiquitous technology transform health care to yield better outcomes or will it become an addictive device that erodes privacy and damages mental health? This lecture begins with the history of an earlier technology, the thermometer, which over 200 years became an essential medical device. Whether smartphones will follow this history depends on the value they provide and the public’s trust in the integrity of this device. We will review some examples of how smartphones can prove helpful for people with brain disorders, including depression. And we will consider the ethical challenges to using the smartphone as a medical device. These are still early days for the smartphone but it is not too early to ask how these tools that are proving to be one of the most disruptive technologies of the modern era can be used to promote rather than threaten mental health.


Meet the speaker at the reception following the lecture!

Everyone is welcome! This public event is free, but tickets are required.
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