Is Biology Destiny? The Ethics of Personal Identity Alteration

Milwaukee, WI US
June 15, 2018

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin are sponsoring a day-long conference exploring the ethics of personal identity alteration.  The conference will address the clinical, ethical and legal issues related to the alteration of personal identity arising from the use of neurotechnologies.  The program features 2 keynote presentations as well as presentations by faculty from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Target Audience

physician assistants
nurse practitioners
allied health professionals

Learning Objectives

  • Define the concept of personal identity with regard to brain interventions such as neurostimulation therapy.
  • Identify the ethical and clinical implications arising from the therapeutic use of neurostimulation technologies.
  • Determine the ethical boundaries of personal identity alteration in the clinical and social context.


Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Diane Kramer
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-8498
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 6.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/15/2018 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
06/15/2018 - 4:00pm

8:00 am                Check -in and Continental Breakfast (provided)

8:30 am                Welcome – Arthur Derse, MD, JD and Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA

8:45 am                Ann Helms, MD 
                             Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.  Current clinical applications of Neuroimplants and                                            Neuromodulation.

9:15 am                Ryan T. Brennan, DO
                             You put WHAT in my brain?  Guiding Patient Decisions in DBS.

10:00 am              Break

10:15 am              Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP
                             Civil Rights and Covert Consciousness: Brain Injury, Neuroethics, and Neuroscience.

11:15 am              Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA
                             The Perils of Moral Bioenhancement: Why Pathologizing Moral Behavior is a Bad Idea.

12:00 pm              Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm                Jennifer A. Chandler, B.SC, LL.B., LL.M. 
                              Adaptive and Patient-Controlled Deep Brain Stimulation - Legal Puzzles of Agency, Capacity                                    and Responsibility.

2:00 pm                Justin Williams, PhD
                             Are You Ready for Your Brain Implant?  The Ethical Potholes of a Neuroenhanced Future.

2:45 pm                Break

3:00 pm                Panel Discussion – Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, Moderator

3:45 pm                Concluding Remarks – Fabrice Jotterand, PhD

4:00 pm                Adjournment

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Alumni Center
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
+1 (414) 955-8498

Course Director: Cynthiane Morgenweck, MD, MA
Planning Committee: Cynthiane Morgenweck, MD, MA, Jo Weis, PhD, Beth Thorson, MSW

Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA 
Ann Helms, MD
Jennifer A. Chandler, B.SC, LL.B., LL.M.

In accordance with the ACCME® standards for Commercial Support Number 6, all in control of content disclosed any relevant financial relationships. These relationships were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved

Ryan T. Brennan, O.D.Abbvie Pharmaceuticalshonorarium, consultant
Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACPCambridge University Pressbook royalties
Justin Williams, PhDNeuroOne Medical Technologies, Inc.Chief Tech.Officer,
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Justin Williams, PhDNatus Medical, Inc.consultant fees



ACCME Accreditation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 6.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.


Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 6.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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General registration$95.00
MECN Members$75.00
Certificate $25.00


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