BioPrediction Conference

International Conference on BioPrediction

This successful conference, organised by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Ilina Singh, was sponsored by The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, The MacArthur Foundation Law & Neuroscience Project, BIOS, LSE and The Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University.

Date: 8-9 May 2010

Venue: AAAS and Carnegie Institution (Washington D.C.)
Convenors:  Dr Ilina Singh (LSE) and Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University)

Speakers: Mark Frankel; Steven Hyman; Susan Wolf; Sir Michael Rutter; John Dylan Haynes; Ahmad Hariri; Essi Viding; James Blair; Martha Farah; Kent Kiehl; Vince Calhoun; Vince Clark; Danny Mathalon; Walter Sinnott-Armstrong; John Monahan; Nita Farahany; Christopher Slobogin; Ilina Singh; Paul Root Wolpe; Yu Gao; James Giordano.

Abstract:  Can biological information aid predictions of misconduct? That is the question of BioPrediction. The idea is not to replace psychological and sociological studies but to supplement them with new information from structural and functional brain scans, genetics, hormone analyses, and other biological sources. Contemporary statistical engines can use all of this information together to generate predictions of future delinquency and crime. In educational and other social contexts, biomarkers might aid in identification of 'high risk' children - perhaps at a pre-symptomatic stage - who will benefit from early interventions. In forensic contexts, biomarkers could inform predictions of criminal behaviour - including violence and sex crimes - to be taken into account in sentencing, parole, probation, and detention decisions. Biomarkers could also be used in addiction treatment programs to guide treatment and predict relapse, and in psychiatric contexts to predict risk of harm to self and others as prerequisites for release from a mental institution. These possibilities clearly raise a host of ethical and legal issues, including concerns about privacy, intervention and due process. Revised papers from this workshop will be published in a collection in conjunction with OUP.

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