The Center for Law, Brain & Behavior puts the most accurate and actionable neuroscience in the hands of judges, lawyers, policymakers and journalists—people who shape the standards and practices of our legal system and affect its impact on people’s lives. We work to make the legal system more effective and more just for all those affected by the law.

Brain Matters! “Brain Science and Social Responsibility”

Brain Matters! Vancouver is a venue for researchers, thinkers and members of the public to come together and explore the implications of brain science and social responsibility. This is an opportunity to forge new collaborations, network with peers and experts in all fields of the brain sciences, and engage with the key stakeholders. Join us in expanding the conversation about the ethical, legal and social implications of brain science for promoting brain health and enabling well-being.

The meeting will be held from March 12 to 14, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

View the conference website for registration, abstract submission, and more information.



Nita Farahany is professor of law and philosophy, and professor of genome sciences and policy at Duke University. Since 2010, she has also served as a Member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Dr. Farahany is a leading on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies.

Bartha Knoppers is professor of medicine, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine, and Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University. Dr. Knoppers’ studies focus on human rights issues, human genetics and comparative medical law.


Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University College London (UCL), a Royal Society University Research Fellow, the leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, the deputy director of the Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Neuroscience at UCL and the editor-in-chief of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Blakemore’s research focuses on the development of social cognition and executive function in the typically developing adolescent brain.

Wylie Burke 
is professor of medicine (medical genetics) and epidemiology, Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, and a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Burke’s research interests focus on the social, ethical, and policy implications of genetic information.

Timothy Caulfield is professor in the faculty of law and the School of Public Health and a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta. Prof. Caulfield is the Research Director of the Health Law and Science Policy Group, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Jennifer Chandler
 is professor of law at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches mental health law and neuroethics, medical legal issues, tort law, and legal philosophy. Prof. Chandler’s research focuses on the law and ethics of neuroscience and other advances in biology and medicine.

Thomas Daniel is professor of biology and the Joan and Richard Komen Endowed Chair in the University of Washington. Dr. Daniel’s research focuses on neuronal dynamics and networks, on synaptic interactions between neurons, and on how neuronal signaling behaviour, control and environmental stimuli are inextricably linked.

Michael Krausz is professor of psychiatry and the LEEF Chair in Addiction Research at the Institute of Mental Health at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Krausz’s research interests focus on comorbidity of severe mental illness and addiction, especially psychosis, the use of psychotropic substances and the effective treatment of such conditions.

Elena Moro is professor of neurology at the University of Toronto and a member of the Clinical Studies Resource Centre of the Toronto Western Research Institute. Dr. Moro’s studies focus on understanding the mechanism of action of Deep Brain Stimulation for movement disorders through clinical research and improving the clinical results.

Anthony Phillips is professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Phillips’ research interests are broadly based within the field of preclinical neuropsychopharmacology and systems neuroscience.

Jason Scott Robert 
is professor of ethics in biotechnology and medicine, and the director of the Bioethics, Policy and Law program in the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University. Dr. Robert’s research interests range from bioethics to the philosophy of science, focusing on developmental biology, genetics, neuroscience, psychiatry, and public and population health.

Christopher Thomas Scott is a member of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, a Brocher Institute Scholar in Bioethics, an Economic and Research Council Research Fellow, and Associate Fellow at Centre for Biomedicine and Society. His research focuses on empirical approaches to bioethics and biopolicy.

Andrew Stirling is professor of science and technology policy, the research director for Science and Technology Policy Research, the director of Research for the Management School, and the co-director of the STEPS Centre at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Dr. Stirling’s research focuses on the challenges of democracy, equity. and sustainability in the governance of science, technology and innovation.

Larry Young is the William P. Timmie professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience at Emory University, and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Dr. Young’s research focuses on discovering the neural and genetic mechanisms that underlie how we interact with others.