• Biotechnology/Life Science


This project develops a new research methodology to address ethical issues related to future drastic modifications of the human brain. The modifications considered are the cultivation and fusion of human brain tissues, and the technologies for connecting human brains in the near, and far, future. Research and evaluation of the related ethical issues introduces the method of experimental ethics as well as bioethical/neuroethical theories. Through this research, the project attempts to highlight the bioethical/neuroethical values that people implicitly hold, and incorporate them into ethical codes for the relevant technologies. Furthermore, it proposes a methodological package for neuroscientists to internalize ethical perspectives and participate in the network of collaborative bioethical/neuroethical studies.

・R&D Period: October 2022 - March 2026 (in progress)
・Grant Number: JPMJRS22J4

OTA Koji 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Niigata University

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