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Brain science, philosophy and ethics in medicine

© DrOONeil, File:FMRI Brain Scan.jpg. Wikimedia.  (CC BY-SA 3.0)Series guest editors: Dr. James Giordano, Dr. John Shook

We invite to you to submit to the ongoing article  collection: Brain science, philosophy, ethics, and medicine.

This thematic series addresses the philosophical and ethical issues generated by progress in, and use of cutting-edge brain science in medicine. Herein, we conjoin prior and on-going work that focuses upon neuroethical concerns, and invite papers that provide and advance inquiry, insight, speculation and debate.

Supported by funding efforts such as the United States’ Decade of the Brain (1990-2000) and current Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, and the European Union’s Human Brain Project, neuroscience is forging new directions and resources to access and affect neurological structures and functions. These tools and techniques have enabled applications in medical fields of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and pain care, both to treat disorders, and to modify cognition, emotions and behaviors. While such capabilities may be construed as beneficial, the discovery, development and use(s) of new devices, information and knowledge also incur ethical, legal and social issues; these are the focus of the relatively new, but ever more important, necessary and growing field of neuroethics.

The following journals are accepting submissions to the series:

Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine
BMC Neuroscience
BMC Neurology

BMC Medicine

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the individual journals instructions for authors and submitted via the online submission system. Please indicate clearly in the title page that the manuscript is to be considered for the Brain science, philosophy, ethics and medicine series.

For further information, please email stating which journal you wish to enquire about.

  1. The Asclepion of Epidaurus is one of the first healing environments in the world. Descendants of Asclepius, specifically medical students, have been singularly deprived of any information concerning this legac...

    Authors: Charalabos Papageorgiou, Gerasimos Konstantinou, Vassilis Lambrinoudakis, Christos Papageorgiou and Konstantina G. Yiannopoulou
    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2022 17:7
  2. Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero proposed the HEAVEN procedure – i.e. head anastomosis venture – several years ago, and has recently received approval from the relevant regulatory bodies to perform this body-head tra...

    Authors: Zaev D. Suskin and James J. Giordano
    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2018 13:10
  3. As suggested by Shook and Giordano, understanding and therefore addressing the urgent international governance issues around globalizing bio-medical/technology research and applications is limited by the perce...

    Authors: David S. Basser
    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2017 12:9
  4. As a discipline, neuroethics addresses a range of questions and issues generated by basic neuroscientific research (inclusive of studies of putative neurobiological processes involved in moral and ethical cogn...

    Authors: Kira Becker, John R. Shook, Martina Darragh and James Giordano
    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2017 12:1

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2017 12:2

  5. Neuroethics describes several interdisciplinary topics exploring the application and implications of engaging neuroscience in societal contexts. To explore this topic, we present Part 3 of a four-part bibliogr...

    Authors: Amanda Martin, Kira Becker, Martina Darragh and James Giordano
    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2016 11:7
  6. Global mental health is a relatively new field that has focused on disparities in mental health services across different settings, and on innovative ways to provide feasible, acceptable, and effective service...

    Authors: Dan J Stein and James Giordano
    Citation: BMC Medicine 2015 13:44
  7. Moral philosophy and psychology have sought to define the nature of right and wrong, and good and evil. The industrial turn of the twentieth century fostered increasingly technological approaches that conjoine...

    Authors: Martina Darragh, Liana Buniak and James Giordano
    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2015 10:2
  8. Neuroethics entails investigations of neurocognitive mechanisms of morality and ethics; and studies and address of the ethical issues spawned by the use of neuroscience and its technologies to investigate cogn...

    Authors: Liana Buniak, Martina Darragh and James Giordano
    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2014 9:9
  9. There appears to be an inconsistency in experimental paradigms used in fMRI research on moral judgments. As stimuli, moral dilemmas or moral statements/ pictures that induce emotional reactions are usually emp...

    Authors: Mihai Avram, Kristina Hennig-Fast, Yan Bao, Ernst Pöppel, Maximilian Reiser, Janusch Blautzik, James Giordano and Evgeny Gutyrchik
    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2014 15:39