Do patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine?

STAT, July 13, 2017
by Shirley S. Wang

[...] This approach underlies a controversial international movement that raises fundamental questions about what it means to be mentally ill. The question at the heart of the debate: Do… Read More

Bioethics Instructor or Assistant Professor
Division of Medical Ethics and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYULMC

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (https://med.nyu.edu/child-adolescent-psychiatry/) at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population… Read More

What’s Confusing Us About Mental Health Parity

HealthAffairs Blog, December 22, 2016
by Nathaniel Counts (Student Fellow alumnus), Timothy Clement, Amanda Mauri, Paul Gionfriddo, and Garry Carneal

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) has been law since 2008. MHPAEA provided that health plans could not limit mental health or substance use disorder benefits in a way… Read More

The Neuroethics of Biomarkers

Oxford University Press, 2016
by Matthew L. Baum (Student Fellow Alumnus)

About the Book:  Neuroscientists are mining nucleic acids, blood, saliva, and brain images in hopes of uncovering biomarkers that could help estimate risk of brain disorders like psychosis and dementia;… Read More

Scholarship: DIBSS / Dubrovnik International Bioethics Summer School
Global Bioethics Initiative with School of Medicine, University of Zagreb

Deadline: June 10, 2016

Global Bioethics Initiative in partnership with University of Zagreb School of Medicine and Inter-University Centre invites students and professionals worldwide to attend the DIBSS – Dubrovnik… Read More

Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract:  A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law is the need to incentivize appropriately the development of new pharmaceuticals. Although physicians have… Read More

Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics: Cross-Registration Opportunity for Harvard Students
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Cross-registration is available for "Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics," a new course being offered as part of the HMS Master’s program in bioethics. A course description is provided below. Interested… Read More

Scholars Discuss Role of Neuroscience in Youth Criminal Justice

Harvard Crimson, September 29, 2015
by Jonah S. Lefkoe

Check out the Harvard Crimson's summary of our first event of the year, "From Trouble Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and the Law."  This event was part… Read More

Mental Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina

Deadline: June 05, 2015

The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke… Read More

ReSourcing Big Data

Harvard Catalyst, March 2015

March 23: Symposium 9:00am-5:00pm Joseph B. Martin Conference Center Harvard Medical School Extant data is an inexhaustible resource that is not yet very well understood and is underutilized. The focus… Read More

Joining Forces: A Story of Science and Religion in Rural Ghana

Humanist Community at Harvard, February 1, 2015

How do science and religion interact in the delivery of mental health care in one region of Ghana? Lauren Taylor will guide a discussion about the value and limits of "taking religion seriously" in efforts… Read More

Senior Fellow for Law & Neuroscience Amanda Pustilnik Guest Lecturing in HLS Seminar

Petrie-Flom, January 21, 2015

As part of her work with the Petrie-Flom Center and Center for Law Brain and Behavior at MGH's Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, Senior Fellow Amanda C. Pustilnik will be a regular guest lecturer… Read More

NEW Joint "Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience" for 2014-2016

Petrie-Flom Center, April 16, 2014

Official Press Release Wednesday, April 16, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior and Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center announce joint “Project… Read More

Ethics and Ontology in Deep Brain Stimulation

Neuroscience, January 30, 2014
by Michael J. Young (Petrie-Flom Student Fellow)

Rapid advancements in the fields of neurology and neuroscience over the past decade have enabled unprecedented progress toward the development of brain-modulating technologies and therapeutics. Central… Read More

Defining mental illnesses

BMC Psychiatry 13:346, December 24, 2013
by Dominic Sisti, Michael Young (PFC Student Fellow), and Arthur Caplan

Abstract Background The creation of each edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of psychiatry has proven enormously controversial. The current effort to revise the ‘bible’ of… Read More