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Predicting Alzheimer Disease: Science, Medicine, and Society


January 24, 2011 5:15pm - 7:00pm

Room Offsite
Refreshments @ 5:15 PM
Program @ 5:30 PM

Recent advances in neuroscience and medicine have brought early Alzheimer's prediction to the front pages of major news publications. What are the legal and societal implications of early diagnosis and prediction? Join us on Monday, Jan 24th, for discussion at 5:30 pm and refreshments starting at 5:15 pm. The program will be in the Li Ka Shing Center, Room 240, at Stanford Medical School.

Neuroscience is in the middle of a revolution that is transforming our understanding of the human brain, and thus of the human mind. This revolution will have implications far beyond basic science and medicine, affecting education, law, business, government, and many more parts of our social world. We are already beginning to see effects, from the commercial availability of fMRI-based “lie detection” to “neuro-marketing” consulting firms.

The Stanford Interdisciplinary Group on Neuroscience and Society (SIGNS) is an effort by a broad range of Stanford faculty and students to explore how advances in neuroscience will affect human societies. Currently coordinated by Stanford law faculty, fellows and students, the group thus far includes participants from five of Stanford’s seven schools: Business, Education, Humanities and Sciences (particularly the Psychology Department), Law, and Medicine Through workshops and discussions, SIGNS is designed to build closer ties among Stanford scholars and students interested in interdisciplinary research and education on the social consequences of neuroscience. SIGNS encourages these interdisciplinary efforts by supporting seminars, conferences, workshops, and courses.

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