Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies, and Vice President for Academic Programs at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA, USA. He is a Senior Research Associate of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, UK; and is University Affiliate Professor of Molecular Neurosciences at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. As well, he is 2011-2012 Fulbright Professor of Neuroethics at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany.
Prof. Giordano is Editor-in-Chief of the journals Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; and Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy; Associate Editor for the international journal Neuroethics, and Executive Editor-in-Chief of the book series Advances in Neurotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (published by Informa/CRC Press). The author of over 150 publications in neuroscience, neurophilosophy, and neuroethics, his most recent books include: Maldynia: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Illness of Chronic Pain (Taylor Francis, 2011); Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives in Neuroethics (with Bert Gordijn, Cambridge University Press, 2010); Pain: Mind, Meaning and Medicine (PPM Press, 2009), and Pain Medicine: Philosophy, Ethics and Policy (with Mark V. Boswell, Linton Atlantic Books, 2009).
His ongoing research addresses the molecular and behavioral neuroscience of pain and analgesia, the neurophilosophy of pain and mind, the neuroethics of pain research and treatment, and the ethical issues arising in and from advancements in neuroscience and neurotechnology. In recognition of his work, he was elected to full membership of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2009.