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WATCH — The Vulnerable Brain


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As the American population ages, the medical and legal systems will have to balance concerns about protecting the elderly from fraud and victimization with fundamental autonomy rights. In this event, the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior will present a case that concerns a tragic trajectory caused by undetected brain disease and discuss both missed opportunities to intervene and the implications for legal and social policy. Weaving a narrative that highlights the subject’s personal life and neurological decline, experts in psychiatry, law, and neurology will consider: what can be done to protect the vulnerable, aging brain?

Examining everything from forensic reports, to medical records, to a literal brain, CLBB Co-Director Dr. Judith Edersheim and CLBB Faculty Member Dr. Brad Dickerson (of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School) will tell a story that exemplifies how vulnerable an ailing, elderly person can be. CLBB Co-Director Dr. Bruce Price will join as a discussant during the Q&A session with the audience.

This event will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, from 7:00-8:30 pm.

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This event is free and open to the public. A brief reception will precede the event from 6:30-7:00 PM.

Brad Dickerson, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard University; Director of Clinical Applications, Morphometry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, Dickerson Neuroimaging Laboratory

Judith Edersheim, JD, MD, Co-Director and Co-Founder, MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior; Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Bruce H. Price, MD, Co-Director and Co-Founder, MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior; Chief, Department of Neurology, McLean Hospital;
Associate in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital;
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

This event is co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry and the MGH Center for Law, Brain & Behavior.

Watch video of the entire event below!