Neurologist and Ethicist, Department of Neurology
Oregon Health and Science University
Department of Philosophy
University of Washington
Eran Klein is a practicing neurologist with a specialty in dementia and PhD in philosophy. He splits his time between the Portland VA Health Care System and Oregon Health and Sciences University in Oregon and the University of Washington's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) in Seattle. His research includes designing and conducting qualitative studies of potential end users of brain implant technologies, such as brain-computer interfaces (BCI) for spinal cord injury and stroke and deep brain stimulation (DBS) for depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). He helps lead the Ethics Thrust at the CSNE which focuses, among other things, on integration of ethicists with neuroscientists.
Dr. Klein's work has explored how BCI and related technologies may challenge established notions of responsibility, identity, and privacy. As a clinician, he has been particularly interested in how different forms of brain modulating technologies (e.g., closed-loop DBS) might change traditional notions of the patient-clinician relationship. As a researcher, he has also focused on specific challenges that neurotechnologies may present for achieving meaningful research informed consent.
Dr. Klein will talk about his experience as an ethicist within a neural engineering center. He will highlight the importance of gathering input from users and potential users of neural devices in order to guide neurotechnology development in ethically and socially responsible ways.