IEEE TechEthics Conversations Series

Session will soon be available to watch on-demand

Live Broadcast: Thursday, 8 November 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -5)

Brain stimulation techniques have been used in recent years for the treatment of depression and other related conditions. What happens when similar techniques are used to "prime" the minds of athletes during their training regimens? Join us as we discuss the implications at the intersection of neuroscience, ethics and sport.

- James Giordano | Professor of Neurology, and Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Depts of Neurology and Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center
- Emily Ryall | Reader in Applied Philosophy, University of Gloucestershire, UK
- Brett Wingeier | CTO & Co-Founder, Halo Neuroscience
- Mark A. Vasquez | IEEE TechEthics Program Manager (moderator)

About the Speakers:
- Dr. James Giordano is Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry, and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program at Georgetown University Medical Center, and Chair of the IEEE Brain Initiative Neuroethics Program. His ongoing work addresses mechanisms and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, and neuroethico-legal aspects of neurotechnology research and use.

- Dr. Emily Ryall is a Reader in Applied Philosophy at the University of Gloucestershire. Her research interests are primarily in the philosophy of sport, particularly the effect of technology on the concept and value of sport. She is author of Philosophy of Sport: Key Questions as well as an edited series on the philosophy of play. She is associate editor for the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport and a past Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. She has been a contributor to many media broadcast programmes on the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

- Dr. Brett Wingeier, currently CTO and co-founder of Halo Neuroscience, is an engineer and neuroscientist with twenty years' experience creating science-based products to unlock human potential and treat disease. He is the creator of Halo Sport, the world's first convenient, wearable neurostimulator for athletic training. Prior to Halo, Dr. Wingeier was principal engineer and clinical scientist at NeuroPace, bringing to market the first fully-implantable responsive neurostimulator for epilepsy, and was instrumental in designing Autonomic Technologies' Pulsante, a groundbreaking minimally-invasive solution for headaches. Dr. Wingeier received his Ph.D in biomedical engineering from Tulane, with research focused on the brain’s electric fields. He is also a U.S. registered patent agent and holds forty-eight issued U.S. patents.

- Mark A. Vasquez (moderator) is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with over 25 years of experience in association management at IEEE. He currently serves as the program manager for IEEE TechEthics (, a program that has been launched to drive conversations about the ethical and societal impacts of technology. In this capacity, he works to develop relationships with others in the technology ethics community, produces events, convenes thought leaders, and more. Mark is an engineering graduate of The Cooper Union.

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