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Advances in neurotechnology are redefining the possibilities of improving neurologic health and mental wellbeing, but related ethical, legal, and societal concerns such as privacy of brain data, manipulation of personal autonomy and agency, and non-medical and dual uses are increasingly pressing concerns. In this regard, neurotechnology presents challenges not only to Canada’s federal and provincial health care systems, but to existing laws and regulations that govern responsible innovation. In December 2019, just before the pandemic, the OECD Council adopted a Recommendation on Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology. It is now urging that member states develop right-fit implementation strategies.

What should these strategies look like for Canada? We will propose and discuss opportunities that balance and leverage different professional and governance approaches towards the goal of achieving responsible innovation for the current state of the art, science, engineering, and policy, and in anticipation of the rapid and vast capabilities expected for neurotechnology in the future by and for this country.

Link to the full OECD Recommendation on Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology

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Dr. Graeme Moffat

Neurotechnology entrepreneur & Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

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Professor Jennifer Chandler

Professor of Law at the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa

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Ian Burkhart

Neurotech Advocate and Founder of BCI Pioneers Coalition

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Andrew Atkinson

Manager, Emerging Science Policy, Health Canada

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Professor Judy Illes

Moderator

Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

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