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Neuroethics is an internationally recognised discipline that aims to successfully translate brain research in ways that maximise social benefit while minimising harms. The need for Neuroethics was recognised by a recent US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics report as part of the US BRAIN initiative. Similar projects are underway in the UK, Europe and Canada. Australia urgently needs a coordinated approach to realise the promise of neuroscience for society.
Neuroscience is revolutionising our understanding of the neural mechanisms underpinning behaviour and cognition. In doing so, neuroscience also has the potential to overturn beliefs that are central to our ideas about free will, responsibility and justice. Neurobiological explanations of mental illness may have a significant impact on stigma and discrimination associated with these disorders. These advances also raise new challenges for privacy and confidentiality. Sophisticated neuroimaging techniques and advanced machine learning algorithms are providing access to personal information that may be used by interested third parties, such as employers, educators, insurers and the courts, to discriminate against certain individuals or behaviours. Our ability to subtly manipulate brain function can have a powerful impact on our thoughts, behaviours, and sense of self. How these technologies are used and by whom are challenges that need to be urgently addressed.
The Australian Neuroethics Network is an interdisciplinary collaboration that brings together leading Australian practitioners in neuroscience, law, ethics, philosophy, policy-making, clinical practice, patient populations, the public and other end-users to examine the ethical and social implications of neuroscience research.
The aim of the Australian Neuroethics Network is to:
To join the discussion or become a member of the Australian Neuroethics Network, contact Dr Adrian Carter. Follow us on Twitter: @NeuroethicsAU
We want to inspire primary school children to think about how marvellous the human brain is so each year we hold an art competition during Brain Awareness Week (March). School children from around Australia are invited to create an artwork inspired by completing the thought: ‘I use my brain to…’
Category 1. Foundation year (Prep) and Year 1
1st place: Stefanie K, VIC
2nd place: Tess L QLD
3rd place: Jai B, NSW
Category 2. Years 2 – 4
1st place: Ghil G, QLD Watch Ghil talk about his win on Channel 9 News (Facebook video).
2nd place: Riley W, NSW
3rd place: Gabby F, NSW
Category 3. Years 5 – 6
1st place: Kane P, NSW
2nd place: Lok Yi L, VIC
3rd place: Amelia G, VIC
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We help introduce secondary students to brain research, with the aim of sparking their interest and encouraging them to pursue a career in neuroscience.
We host the annual Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) and facilitate work experience for secondary students with our collaborating organisations. We are also working with teachers to develop ways to increase brain research in the syllabus.
Secondary school teachers interested in providing opportunities for their students to learn more about the brain are encouraged to contact us.
As part of Brain Awareness Week 2016, we held a brain drawing competition for primary school students around Australia. The program was designed to encourage parents and teachers around Australia to talk to primary school aged children about the brain.
2016’s challenge was to create a drawing with the theme: “I use my brain to…”
Over 470 entries were received and 19 entries were shortlisted. The winning entry for each category is shown below.
Winners received a pack of brain related items and the school of the winning entry received a brain pack and $1,000 towards teaching resources. Each winning school was visited by one of our brain researchers who presented the prizes to the student and school.
Supporting our next generation of brain researchers and sparking their desire to discover how the brain functions is at the heart of our Education Program.
We bring together neuroscientists and students, engaging them in active learning and providing resources with the latest information on how the brain functions.
We encourage primary school students to explore the brain through art, interactive brain-related activities and age-appropriate educational resources.
Secondary students are introduced to brain research through the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, with the aim of sparking their interest and encouraging them to pursue a career in neuroscience.
For Early Career Researchers (ECRs), including PhD students, we offer professional support, development and mentoring. Supporting new brain researchers is critical for retaining their scientific talents and ensuring future excellence in Australian brain research.
Every day we make decisions based on information captured by multiple senses, and on our internal goals. For example, when crossing the road we need to decide how to coordinate our movements to reach the destination safely and at the right time. To achieve this goal we make a guess about where the car is likely to be while we cross the road, given what we see of its trajectory and the sound it produces. Our estimate of the car’s future location is inevitably imperfect, and is combined with our experience of how fast cars encountered in the past have been travelling. For example, we may know that the car is likely to slow down if we are at a pedestrian crossing. This uncertainty places the problem of estimating the future position of the car and how and when we should move to cross the road in a statistical setting. A practical way to conceive of the problem is that the brain uses ‘rules of thumb’ that approximate statistical methods of incorporating prior knowledge and uncertainty (Bayesian theory). The aim of Centre research is to determine these rules of thumb and how they can be implemented in neural circuitry.