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The Other Ethical Challenge of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Adrian J. Ivinson

in Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199570706
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199570706.013.0142

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Other Ethical Challenge of Neurodegenerative Diseases

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Neurodegenerative diseases represent a tidal wave of destruction bearing down on all communities. All biomedical researchers need to consider the ethical dimensions of their research including the environment of work, the consequences of research, and how to make the research more relevant and valuable to society. The special nature of the central nervous system and emerging technologies that allow investigating and manipulating the research, make the relatively young field of neuroethics a particularly rich and vibrant field of enquiry. The article considers issues such as determinism, enhancement, truth, and equity. Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases take a very significant emotional and financial toll. There is a potentially critical new role for academia in making neurodegenerative diseases more appealing to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as development and investment opportunities.

Keywords: neurodegenerative diseases; ethical dimensions; biomedical researchers; neuroethics; determinism

Article.  3731 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Clinical Psychology

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