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Interpreting Neuroimages: The Technology and Its Limits

Neuroimages play a growing role in biomedical research, medicine, and courtrooms, as well as in shaping our understanding of what it means to be human. But how helpful are they at answering complex questions such as: What is depression? Is a defendant lying? Do we have free will?

These are among the topics explored in Interpreting Neuroimages: An Introduction to the Technology and Its Limits, a special report of the Hastings Center Report. It is edited by Josephine Johnston, a research scholar and director of research, and Erik Parens, a senior research scholar, and it includes commentaries by leaders in neuroscience and its ethical implications. The report is the product of a project funded by The Dana Foundation.

Neuroimaging technologies capture information about the brain as a person thinks, feels, and experiences sensations. They will be indispensable to the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative launched by the federal government this year to advance understanding of the human brain and brain disorders.

The report is available for free.  

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Newsday
March 15, 2014
Josephine Johnston quoted on federal charges against Novartis for paying doctors to prescribe pills.

Associated Press and NPR
January 1, 2014
Nancy Berlinger quoted on brain death and the case of Jahi McMath.

New York Times 
December 1, 2013
Daniel Callahan’s op-ed, “On Dying After Your Time,” is published in the Sunday Review.

Slate
October 8, 2013
Hastings Center Report case on doctors googling a patient is subject of an article.

CBS, D.C.
September 18, 2013
Michael Gusmano quoted on relationship between mental illness and violence.

Nature
August 14, 2013
Tom Murray quoted about ethical questions raised by the BRAIN initiative.

Huffington Post
July 31, 2013
Hastings Center Guidelines called “a new must read resource for healthcare consumers.”

The New York Times
July 29, 2013
Nancy Berlinger quoted on dilemmas posed by pre-clinical testing for Alzheimer’s disease.

U.S. News Best Hospital Guidebook
July 12, 2013
Blair Sadler, board member and Fellow, interviewed about Fable hospital; Hastings Center Report essays cited. 

New York Times New Old Age blog
June 16, 2013
Over 65 blog post cited on why a geriatrician stopped accepting Medicare.

Huffington Post Live
June 6, 2013
Mildred Solomon, president, interviewed about pediatric lung transplants.

NPR’s Science Friday
May 17, 2013 
Josephine Johnston discusses ethical implications of new research that created the first human embryonic stem cells through cloning.

World Medical and Health Policy
March 2013
Michael Gusmano examines U.S. cancer survival statistics in light of claims that the U.S. health care system is the “best in the world.” 

Cell Stem Cell
February 7, 2013
Josephine Johnston coauthors article about absence of gamete donor consent in the NIH stem cell registry

The New York Times
January 20, 2013
Tom Murray quoted on the “arms race” in sport doping  

The New York Times
January 11, 2013
Letter to the Editor by Daniel Callahan on costs of medical care at the end of life