A multidisciplinary conversation among national and local experts in science and medicine, economics, law, and social work.
The field of Neuroscience is increasingly integrated on topics of health, welfare, and criminal justice. Scientific understanding of brain maturity has been an important consideration in determining the appropriate sentence for convicted juvenile offenders. Likewise, social and neuroscience tools are being applied to determine the relationship between brain development and socio-economic status.
Our Advisory Committee on Brain Development, Law and Policy includes Washington University faculty members who are neuroscientists, psychologists, and physicians, as well as academics in the fields of Law and of Social Work. Supported by a Bring Your Own Idea (BYOI) Award from the Office of the Provost, this committee convened to plan a conference and decide next steps. We are grateful for that institutional support, and look forward to continuing these efforts towards greater transparency and improved information flow between scientists and policy makers.
Anneliese Schaefer, JD PhD
Director, Office of Neuroscience Research
Office of Neuroscience Research; Neurology
School of Law
Psychological & Brain Sciences