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Release Date: March 24, 2017

Expiration Date: March 24, 2020

Amount of CME credit: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Amount of Nursing Contact Hours: 1.0 Contact Hour

Estimated Length of Time for Completion: approximately 1 hour

Program Overview 

Neuroethics examines the history and philosophy of the ethics of neuroscience research. It takes a topical approach, addressing key issues in neuroscience fields including the problem of incidental findings, the representation of neurological breakthroughs to the public, and the role of devices and chemicals in closing neurological deficits and potentially enhancing the brain.

Although it provides a framework for thinking through ethical issues, Neuroethics is designed to provoke researchers to assess the broader ethical implications of their own work, posing questions including:

  • How do we define brain enhancement, and under what conditions can it be ethical and just?
  • What are the obligations of researchers in cases of incidental findings?
  • What are the implications of neuroscience breakthroughs for law, culture, national security, and the notion of individual identity?

In this activity, learners will engage with the content by moving through a series of brief video lectures with links to related readings and quizzes.

This course is divided into six lectures:

  1. Introduction
  2. History
  3. Incidental Findings
  4. Stem Cells
  5. Devices
  6. Psychochemicals

Each lecture includes a list of suggested readings that provide more detail about what was discussed. Links to external readings will lead you to an abstract or, if available, the full article.

Penn Med logoThis activity is co-provided by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine Nursing.

Target Audience

This continuing education activity has been designed for investigators, research team members, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who have an interest in the history and ethics of neuroscience.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Outline events of particular ethical importance in the history of neuroscience
  • Assess the ethical impact of neuroscience research both in terms of potential risks to research subjects and in terms of the broader social implications of advances in neurotechnology
  • Identify strategies used by neuroscientists to develop effective ethical guidelines that address issues that involve high-profile public controversy
  • Evaluate philosophical questions that underlie the practice of neuroscience research, including whether the enhancement of healthy brains is ethical or just, and how neuroscience bears on law, culture, and individual identity

Successful completion of this educational activity and receipt of certificate of credit includes achieving a minimum score of 80% on the post-test.


To receive your Certificate of Credit for participating in this CME/CE-certified educational curriculum, we ask that you follow these steps:

  1. Read all the introductory material including faculty and disclosure information
  2. Complete the pre-activity quiz
  3. Review the video lectures, references, and resources
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  1. After you have completed the above steps, proceed to completion of the post-activity survey. A passing score of 80% is required.
  2. Evaluate the course using the brief survey on the last page. You must complete the post activity evaluation to receive your certificate. The certificate will automatically generate after completing the survey.

Meet the Faculty

Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD

Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD, is a Penn Integrates Knowledge university professor at the University of Pennsylvania, holding the David and Lyn Silfen chair. He is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. In 2013 his online neuroethics course drew more than 36,000 registrants.

Dr. Moreno is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and the author of several books on national security, science, and ethics, including Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century and The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a National Associate of the National Research Council. He has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions and as an adviser to many non-governmental organizations. Dr. Moreno is the U.S. member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee.

Dr. Moreno received his PhD in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, was an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow, holds an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, and is a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal from the College of William and Mary Law School and the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship from Tufts University. In 2014 he was named to a three-year term as an honorary Visiting Professor in History at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. 

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Accreditation and Designation of Credit


The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been designated by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for 1.0 hour of Patient Safety/Risk Management.


Penn Medicine Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Approval # 124-3-H-15.

Penn Medicine Nursing awards this activity 1.0 contact hour.

Physician Assistants

<p>AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for <em>AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™</em> from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of <strong>1.0 </strong>Category 1 credit for completing this activity.</p>


The following planning committee member has reported the following relevant financial relationships with commercial interests related to the content of this educational activity:

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD--Leigh Bureau, Speaker Honorarium; Oak HC/FT, Salary; Nuna, Stock Shareholder

The faculty and planning committee members listed below have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests related to the content of this educational activity:

  • Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD
  • Steven Joffe, MD, MPH
  • Autumn Fiester, PhD
  • Connie Ulrich, PhD
  • Adam Zolkover, MA
  • Laura C. Hart, MFA
  • Mila Kostic, CHCP, FACEHP
  • Michael Schoen, PhD
  • Rodman Campbell, CHCP
  • Patricia Smith, DNP, RN, BC

The faculty reported that there will be no mention of investigational and/or off-label use of products in this presentation.

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

There was no commercial support used in the development of this educational activity.

If you have questions, please contact Caitlin O'Neill, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-746-3971 or

For CME/CNE related questions regarding this activity, contact the Office of CME and CIPE at Penn Medicine at  or at 215-898-8005.