Memory Enhancing Drugs: Subject Of "Arms" Race?


Memory Enhancing Drugs: Subject Of "Arms" Race?


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Doctors are now discussing the possibility of memory-enhancing drugs, and in this video Paul Root Wolpe wonders where such drugs will lead to. They may be intended to treat a specific type of problem but what about others, like busy professionals, who might also want to "enhance" their memories. If more and more people start talking such drugs in, for example, a school environment, what happens to the people who don't? And will those who do take such drugs engage in an "enhancement arms race," trying out new drugs in order to improve their performance? About Paul Root Wolpe, PhD Wolpe is director of the Emory Center for Ethics. He is also the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics (Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine), the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, professor of medicine in Emory University School of Medicine, professor in Emorys Graduate Department of Religion and adjunct professor in the Emory College Department of Sociology. About the Emory Center for Ethics An international leader in the exploration of ethics, the Emory Center for Ethics is dedicated to exploring how ethical issues underlie the decisions that shape our minds, lives, and society. To do so, scholars from across the university gather at the Center to collaborate and study. The Center also hosts public programs, partners and consults with private and public community organizations, and teaches students at every level of university life. The Center is committed to asking tough questions and developing strategies to help enable people and organizations put ethics into practice. Related Links Emory Center for Ethics http://www.ethics.emory.edu Emory Names Ethics Center Director Paul Root Wolpe to New Schinazi Chair in Jewish Bioethics http://whsc.emory.edu/home/news/releases/2009/03/paul-root-wolpe-named-schinazi-chair.html Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Symposium http://whsc.emory.edu/home/news/media-kits/predictive-health-symposium/


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