Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Brain Death image

April 7, 2016 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
TMEC 106 Learning Studio
Tosteson Medical Education Center, Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA

Event Description

Even in the US, some controversy persists over the conceptual defensibility of brain death. Around the world, the philosophical defensibility of brain death is even more debatable. Dr. Qing Yang will present data regarding the adoption of brain death in China. She will discuss cultural differences between Chinese and US medical professionals and patients that inform policy and law when it comes to brain death. Dr. Bob Truog, a prominent brain death critic, will reply. 


  • Qing Yang MD, PhD, Anesthesiology Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Robert D. Truog MD, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesia, & Pediatrics; Director, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School 

Ways to Join

This event is free and open to the public, but if you are not affiliated with Harvard you must register to attend. Please bring proof of ID to the event due to building security. REGISTER NOW!

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Neuroethics Seminar Series

This event is part of a series hosted by the Center for Biothics at Harvard Medical School. For more information, visit the website.


  • The International Neuroethics Society

  • The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School

  • Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, MGH

  • Institute for the Neurosciences, BWH

  • Center for Brain Science, Harvard University

  • Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

With funding from

  • Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, Harvard University

  • The Harvard Brain Initiative Collaborative Seed Grant Program


bioethics   end-of-life   health law policy   international   neuroscience   regulation