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Dartmouth Neuroscientist joins National Bioethics Advisory Board

Posted 01/08/02

Dartmouth College neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga has been selected as a member of the national bioethics advisory panel announced by President George W. Bush on Jan. 16.

Gazzaniga, who is Director of the College's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the David T. McLaughlin Distinquished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, joins 16 other people on the newly established panel. Headed by Leon R. Kass from the University of Chicago, the panel will consider bioethics issues such as the use of embryonic stem cells, human cloning, and the protection of human subjects in research.

Dr. Gazzaniga has gained national recognition for his theories that integrate current understandings of the brain and the mind. He was a pioneer in the field of split-brain research, which studies the way the two hemispheres of the brain communicate with each other, and is credited with launching the field of cognitive neuroscience in the early 1980s. He is author of more than 200 scholarly publications, including the books Consciousness and the Brain and The Mind's Past.

In addition to his position at Dartmouth, Gazzaniga's teaching and research career has included appointments at the University of California at Davis, Cornell University Medical College, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York University Graduate School and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Gazzaniga is President of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, has served as editor of both the Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences and The Cognitive Neurosciences, and in 1993 founded the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

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