Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry
Task Leader, Neuroethics/Philosophy
James Giordano, PhD, MPhil., is Task Leader and Research Collaborator of the neuroethics and philosophy team involved in the EU Human Brain Project. He is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, USA, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany.
Prof. Giordano currently serves as an appointed member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council for Human Research Protection; has served on the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) working on brain-machine interfaces; and was Senior Science Advisory Fellow to the Strategic Multilevel Assessment Group of the Pentagon, where he addressed international developments in dual-use brain science and bioweapons.
His ongoing research focuses upon neural mechanisms of consciousness and neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders, and neuroethical issues arising in and from the use of advanced neuroscientific techniques and technologies. In recognition of his work, Prof Giordano was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Art.
Neuroethics & Neurophilsophy
Any attempt at understanding how the mind and the brain work comes with a set of philosophical, ethical and social issues.
The Human Brain Project
The Human Brain Project is one of the European Community flagship projects and involves over 100 groups. Kathinka Evers leads the philosophical research.
Developments in neuroscientific techniques and technologies are increasing the capability to assess and affect the structure and functions of the brain. We explore issues emerging from dual use of this research.